#OTD in Irish History – 18 December:

In the Liturgical calendar, today is the feast day of St. Flannan, first Bishop of Clare. Saint Flannan was an Irish saint who lived in the 7th century and was the son of a king of Thomond. He entered Molua’s monastery at Killaloe and seems to have become abbot there. He is remembered as a great preacher. St. Flannan 7th. cent. bishop. Son of an Irish chieftain, Turlough he made a pilgrimage to Rome where Pope John IV consecrated him. On his return he became first bishop of Killaloe and also preached in the Hebrides.

1781 – Barry Yelverton introduces the bill that will become Yelverton’s Act; the bill is an amendment of Poyning’s Act and states that only bills passed by both Irish houses of Parliament would be forwarded to England for assent (see entry for July 27, 1782).

1798 – James Henry, physician and classical scholar, is born in Dublin.

1801 – John Hely-Hutchinson Jr, MP for Cork Borough, is created Baron Hutchinson of Alexandria and Knocklofty for his military service.

1850 – Birth in Bruff, Co. Limerick of James Bourchier, Times correspondent in the Balkan peninsula.

1871 – The first ever rugby international is held in Ireland. The North are defeated by the West of Scotland.

1878 – Joseph O’Neill, novelist and civil servant, is born in Tuam, Co. Galway.

1878 – John Kehoe, the last of the Molly Maguires is executed in Pennsylvania.

1922 – Armed raiders fatally shoot a father and son named Dennison at Drumkeeran, County Leitrim

1964 – Sean O’Faolain’s autobiography “Vive Moi” is published.

1970 – Jockey Pat Taffe retires.

1980 – Prisoners in Armagh and Long Kesh end their hunger strike on promises of political status. The promises are not kept.

1998 – The Loyalist Volunteer Force becomes the first terrorist group in Northern Ireland to decommission some of its weapons.

1999 – A limestone sundial built on a hilltop at the Dursey Sound in West Cork is set to capture Europe’s last daylight of the second Christian millennium.

2000 – A boating accident in Mexico claims the life of singer Kirsty MacColl. She was best known for her vocals alongside The Pogues’ Shane McGowan on the 1987 Christmas No 1, Fairytale of New York.

2000 – The first Diploma in Nursing students from Cork University Hospital graduate on this date. 178 students are awarded diplomas in nursing, and higher diplomas in midwifery and public health.

2001 – The Conservative Party ends more than three decades of co-operation over Northern Ireland in protest at the British government’s plans to allow Sinn Féin MPs to use offices at Westminster.

2002 – The first section of the Dublin spire is lifted into place.

2002 – According to the latest census figures, the prospect of a Catholic majority in Northern Ireland is fast becoming a reality.

2002 – A study reveals that Ireland is the third worst country in Europe for traffic gridlock.

2002 – The Irish and British governments issue firm assurances about the temporary nature of arrangements in operation during the current suspension of the elected Northern Ireland Assembly.

Image | Trim Castle, Trim, Co Meath | Fiachra Mangan Photography

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