Time To Change

In 1880, the Statutes Act deemed that ‘Dublin Mean Time’, as opposed to ‘Greenwich Mean Time’, was the legal time for all of Ireland. Dublin Mean Time was, for some reason, exactly 25 minutes and 21 seconds behind the local time in Britain. After the Easter Rising of 1916 everyone realised that this was not only confusing, but also impractical for telegraphic communications, and the time zones were switched back to coincide with British time.



In Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland, the Dundalk Jail was built in 1853 by a man named John Coffee. In an unfortunate turn of events, while he was building the prison he encountered some financial difficulties, ended up declaring bankruptcy, and became the very first inmate in his own prison when he could not pay off his debts.


The term ‘boycott’ originated in Ireland when the people of Ballinrobe, County Mayo, began a protest against Charles Cunningham Boycott, a British ex-soldier who became a land owner in Ireland.

The people of Ballinrobe were angered because of his background, stature, and more importantly, his refusal to reduce rents, so they refused to harvest his crops, serve him in shops or provide any services of any description.

He wrote to the British Press to highlight his trouble and began to import people from England to harvest his crops, but this was a costly enterprise and eventually he took the hint and gave up before returning to England. The boycott was deemed a success and a very effective and powerful means of peaceful protest/resistance was born.