100 Years Ago – 20 February 1921

20 February 1921

A group of armed Sinn Feiners raided three boarding houses in Liverpool and prevented 94 Irish emigrants from leaving the city to go to New York. The group seized the victims’ passports and tickets, although the authorities were seeking to assist in ensuring that they could still depart on the first available ship.

The results of the by-election in Cardiganshire were announced, with the seat being won by Captain Ernest Evans, the coalition Liberal candidate, who secured 14,111 votes, beating W. Llewelyn Williams who secured 10,521 votes. The results were announced by Evan Evans, the acting Returning Officer, who was the father of the victorious candidate. In his victory speech, the new MP said “I am glad to be able to take back from Cardiganshire a message of encouragement to the Prime Minister. I can assure you it will be a great encouragement to him to know that the heart of Cardiganshire beats true to him in the very trying and difficult times in which we find ourselves”.

The authorities in Dublin confirmed that two bombs had been thrown in the city at two lorries carrying auxiliary police. The attack took place at the junction of Bishop Street and Aungier Street, with the first bomb failing to explode and the second bomb causing injuries to a nearby civilian.