Today in Irish History – 7 July:

1691 – Ginkel offers pardon and security of property to opponents.

1700 – MP for Co. Sligo, Captain Hugh Morgan of Lord Dungannon’s Regiment, is summoned to appear before a board of general officers at the Curragh of Kildare to answer accusations of being ‘a rogue and rascal’ and several other complaints. (On 17 July, he is pardoned for failure to turn up).

1816 – Death of Richard Brinsley Butler Sheridan (born 30 October 1751). The playwright and poet was born in Dublin in 1751.

1823 – Francis Fowke, engineer and architect, designer of the Royal Albert Hall, London and the National Gallery in Dublin, is born near Belfast.

1823 – John Kells Ingram, professor, librarian and writer, is born in Temple Carne, Co. Donegal.

1913 – Home Rule bill passes in Commons for the second time.

1922 – Death of Cathal Brugha from injuries received when shot by Free State forces on O’Connell Street.

1922 – Free State troops move south from Dublin and break up the Anti-Treaty concentration at Blessington. They take 60 republican prisoners at Brittas and 13 more at Ballymore Eustace. Oscar Traynor and the main Anti-Treaty force from Dublin abandons Blessington. In exchanges of fire, one man on either side is killed and two Free State troops are wounded.

1922 – Pro-Treaty forces take Galway, with minimal resistance. One Anti-Treaty IRA captain, Donnellan is killed, five of his men are wounded and 12 captured before Free State troops secure the area. The remaining republican fighters set fire to a number of public buildings before fleeing the city. The National Army takes two killed and more wounded in the operation.

1930 – Death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, born in Scotland of Irish parents.

1960 – Death of Father Francis Browne, a not very well known but very interesting observer of life via the camera lens. His photographs of the Titanic which he took while on the short trip from Cherbourg to Cork are fascinating historical documents. During World War I, he served as Chaplain to the Irish Guards.

1970 Birth of Wayne ‘Pocket Rocket’ McCullough, bantamweight boxer; Olympic silver medalist 1992; world champion (WBC)1995, in Belfast.

1986 – Death in Belfast of Francie McPeake II, uilleann piper and singer. Francie, whose father wrote Will Ye Go Lassie Go, was a crucial figure in preserving the great Ulster piping tradition.

Photo: Derrynane Harbour, Co Kerry, photo credit: Irish Defence Forces

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