#OTD in Irish History – 27 June:

1488 – Sir Richard Edgecombe is sent to Ireland with power to grant pardons; he lands at Kinsale on this date.

1782 – The Relief Act gives Catholics rights concerning their education.

1798 – United Irishmen Rebellion: Northern column remains in camp at Croghan.

1846 – Irish statesman, Charles Stewart Parnell, is born.

1864 – Charles Joly, astronomer, is born in Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

1870 – Eibhlín Bean Uí Choisdeailbh, Irish language folk-song collector is born.

1918 – Birth of Marie Kean (in Dublin), Irish actress of stage and screen whose career spanned over 40 years.

1922 – The Four Courts garrison kidnaps Free State General J.J. O’Connell in retalliation for the arrest of Leo Henderson I/C Belfast Boycott. Collins gives a final ultimatum to the Four Courts garrison to surrender before they are attacked.

1951 – Birth of Mary Patricia McAleese (in Belfast) was the eighth President of Ireland. Prior to becoming President she was a barrister, journalist and academic.

1970 – Following the arrest of Bernadette Devlin, intense riots erupted in Derry and Belfast. During the evening, loyalist paramilitaries made incursions into republican areas of Belfast. This led to a prolonged gun battle between republicans and loyalists. Seven people were killed.

1987 – U2 returns to Dublin’s Croke Park for the first time in two years.

2001 – The golden eagle lands in Ireland for the first time in nearly a century. Six chicks of the bird-of-prey arrive in Co. Donegal from the Scottish Highlands at the start of a programme to re-introduce a species that became extinct in 1912.

2000 – More than 2,000 troops are flown into Northern Ireland to reinforce security ahead of the marching season.

2001 – Passing of former Labour deputy Michael Moynihan. The 84-year-old was a TD for Kerry South during the 1980s and early 1990s. He also served as a Minister of State at the Department of Trade, Commerce and Tourism.

2005 – Death of Frank Harte. He was a traditional Irish singer, song collector, architect and lecturer. He was born and raised in Dublin. His father who had moved from a farming background in Sligo owned ‘The Tap’ pub in Chapelizod.

2007 – Ireland elects its first black mayor. A Nigerian man who came to Ireland in 2000 to seek asylum makes history by becoming Ireland’s first black mayor. 43-year-old Councillor Rotimi Adebari is elected the Mayor of Portlaoise Town Council by a vote of six to three and with the support of Fine Gael, Sinn Féin and Independent members of the council. At a meeting attended by officials from the Nigerian, South African and the United States embassies, the new mayor is quoted as saying his election was proof that “Ireland is not just a country of a thousand welcomes but it is a country of equal opportunity.”

2009 – It was announced that the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) and Red Hand Commando (RHC) had decommissioned their weapons.

2012 – Queen Elizabeth II shook hands with Sinn Féin MLA and former IRA commander Martin McGuinness.

Image | Ballybunion Castle, one of fifteen cliff forts on the North Kerry coast | Irish Air Corps

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