From 1914 thousands of Donegal men joined the ranks of the British army having been advised by John Redmond that England would guarantee Home Rule once the war was over.
But in January 1916, Lloyd George announced that if the war had not ended by March 1916, Home Rule would not be granted.
The writing was on the wall and partition loomed ahead. The Home Rule Act had been suspended for the duration of the war but now it was to be dropped.
Clonmany reacted by forming an Irish Nation League at a meeting which was well attended. A branch of the Irish Nation League was formed to fight against partition. Elsewhere, such committees were often known as the Anti-Partition League. The committee was headed by Rev. T. Hegarty, CC, President. Other members were
L McCarron, DC, Cleagh VP
J. M Doherty, Ballyliffin, Treasurer
Dr. O’Doherty, JP, Clonmany, Secretary.
Committee – P. Quigley, JP, the Castle
P.Doherty, DC, Giblin
N. Noone, Cloontiagh
N. Doherty, Annagh.
Farmers were not too happy with an order confiscating all hay and grain crops in support of the war effort. Only local fodder would be excluded if retained for home use.
More information about the impact of the war on Donegal will be found in two articles which I have written, the first in IRELAND’S OWN (special 1916 edition ) and the second and more detailed in DONEGAL ANNUAL 2016 to be published in September.