Example image of eyePlorer eyePlorer map for '1939 in Ireland': Galway January 11 February 12 Francisco Franco General officer A Protestant Parliament for a Protestant People Daniel Mageean February Lent March 12 Pastoral letter Pope Pius XII Taoiseach Éamon de Valera Benito Mussolini March 16 Dáil Éireann Irish neutrality March 22 Éire United Kingdom March 30 April 9 Douglas Hyde Gaelic Athletic Association President of Ireland Association football April 17 James Craig, 1st Viscount Craigavon Prime Minister of Northern Ireland April 19 Great Britain Seanad Éireann May 4 Northern Ireland Government of Ireland May 18 June 2 September 1 State of emergency September 2 Emergency Powers Act 1939 France Germany September 3 Atlantic Ocean September 4 SS Athenia Norway September 9