#OTD in 1918 – County Clare is subject to martial law. 

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

This state has been brought about by new military orders issued in response to agrarian, political and social unrest – instances include cattle driving, land seizures, shooting affrays and the raiding of houses for arms.

Alongside an increased military presence, a new regime effectively cuts the county off from the rest of Ireland; permits are now required to enter the county and all private letters and telegrams entering and leaving the county will be subject to censorship. A special staff is being set up in Limerick to carry out this work.

Brigadier-General Burnett is the Competent Military Authority for the area and his order restricting access in and out of Clare also prohibits drilling, meetings, assemblies, processions, and the wearing of uniforms. Attempts to identify incidences of lawlessness in the county with Sinn Féin have been rejected by, among others, the local party itself.

Rev. W. O’Kennedy, speaking at meeting of the East…

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