Today in Irish History – 10th April:

1346 – Following the death of Ralph de Ufford, Roger Darcy is appointed justiciar.

1650 – Cromwell’s New Model Army is victorious at Macroom, Co. Cork.

1662 – A charter of Charles II replaces Cromwell’s charter of Derry.

1726 – Birth of William Brownlow, parliamentarian and Volunteer.

1816 – Birth of Sir Charles Gavan Duffy, nationalist, in Monaghan.

1838 – Fr. Theobald Mathew, with the support of William Martin, a quaker, founds the total abstinence movement in Cork.

1865 – Oliver Sheppard, sculptor, is born in Cookstown, Co. Tyrone.

1866 – Campobello New Brunswick Irish-American Fenians attack Campobello Island from Eastport, Maine; they are persuaded to leave by British warships and US agents.

1867 – George William Russell (pseudonym A. E. Russell); poet, painter, writer, economist and mystic, is born in Lurgan, Co. Armagh.

1912 – The RMS Titanic leaves port in Southampton, England for her first and only voyage.

1918 – British Parliament proposes conscription in Ireland.

1919 – Third meeting of Dáil Éireann – Dáil passed a motion calling on Irish people to ostracise the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC). De Valera stated that “The Minister of National Defense is, of course, in close association with the voluntary military forces which are the foundation of the National Army”.

1921 – Pvt George Motley, along with Pvt John Thomas Dixon Steer, both of the East Lancashire Regiment, was captured by the IRA at Barraduff, County Kerry. They were moved around the countryside for about 6 months before being shot and their bodies dumped in Anablaha bog. Their bodies were recovered in Jan 1927 when Motley was buried in Nab Wood Cemetery near his home town of Shipley, West Yorkshire, and Steer in Immanuel Church, Accrington, Lancashire, both with full military honours.

1923 – Liam Lynch, chief of staff of the Irish Republican Army, is mortally wounded by Free State troops in the Knockmealdown Mountains, Co. Tipperary; Frank Aiken takes over as IRA chief of staff.

1940 – Gloria Hunniford, TV personality, is born in Portadown, Co. Antrim.

1959 – Birth of Davy Carton, a singer, songwriter, and rhythm guitarist from Tuam, County Galway. He is best known as a core member of the Saw Doctors, the folk-rock band he co-founded with Leo Moran and others in 1987.

1966 – The widespread and prolonged commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising begins throughout the island.

1976 – Death of Wexford hurling legend, Nicky Rackard.

1992 – A huge IRA bomb explodes in London’s financial district; three people are killed and 91 injured.

1998 – The Peace Agreement comes under fire with both unionist and republican camps facing internal revolt, as the battle to sell the deal intensifies.

1998 – A bronze bust of world-renowned Irish aviator, Colonel James ‘Fitz’ Fitzmaurice who, along with two Germans, made the first east-west transatlantic crossing in 1928, is unveiled in his hometown of Colonel James ‘Fitz’ Fitzmaurice.

1998 – The Northern Ireland peace talks end with an historic agreement. The accord – dubbed the Good Friday Agreement – is reached after nearly two years of talks and 30 years of conflict.

2008 – Many of the main players who helped negotiate the Good Friday Agreement meet in Belfast for a conference to mark its 10th anniversary. Notable by their absence are former US President Bill Clinton and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Also absent is David Irvine who died after suffering a heart attack and later a stroke and a brain hemorrhage in January 2007.



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