Today in Irish History: 15 January ________________.

In the liturgical calendar, today is the feast of St. Ita.

1754 – Death of Colonel Richard “Humanity Dick” Martin, an Irish politician and animal rights activist.

1775 – Thomas Dermody, classical scholar and poet is born.

1798 – Thomas Crofton Croker, antiquarian and folklorist, is born in Cork.

1800 – The last session of the Irish parliament begins on this date.

1821 – Thomas Clarke Luby, Fenian, is born in Dublin.

1825 – Thomas, 2nd Viscount Newcomen, commits suicide after the failure of Newcomen’s Bank.

1829 – Birth of John Richardson Wigham, one of the greatest figures in lighthouse engineering. He was born to a Quaker family in Newington, Edinburgh on 15 January 1829. He died in Dublin 16 November 1906.

1835 – Birth of Patrick Guiney, soldier and politician, in Parkstown, Co. Tipperary.

1860 – Eleanor Hull, Irish Celtic Scholar is born.

1861 – Young Irelander Terence Bellew MacManus dies in San Francisco, CA.

1862 – Birth of Patrick Guiney, an Irish Nationalist politician and a Member of Parliament (MP) in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

1892 – Birth of Rex Ingram, a film director, producer, writer and actor.

1919 – IRA Army Council and Republican survivors of 2nd Dáil Éireann declare war on England.

1920 – Sinn Féin takes control of most borough and urban councils in local elections.

1921 – 15-17 January: British soldiers imposed a curfew in an area bounded by Capel St., Church St., North King St. and the quays in Dublin’s inner city, sealing it off and allowing no-one in or out. They then conducted a house-to-house search, but no significant arrests or arms finds were made.

1923 – Five Anti-Treaty IRA men are executed by the Free State. Four are shot in Roscrea in Tipperary, one in Carlow.

1961 – Dave MacAuley, world flyweight boxing champion, IBF,1989-92, is born in Larne, Co. Antrim.

1965 – Birth of James Nesbitt, a Northern Irish actor. Born in Ballymena, County Antrim, Nesbitt grew up in the nearby village of Broughshane, before moving to Coleraine, County Derry.

1973 – Ireland joins the European Investment bank.

1988 – Sean McBride, Irish patriot and human rights activist, dies.

2007 – Dublin-born actress Pauline Delaney, who is best known for her role in Circle of Friends and Into The West, passes away from complications caused by Parkinson’s disease.

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