Today in Irish History – 6 November:

Feast of All the Saints of Ireland.

1628 – Founding of the Irish College in Rome. Among its former students was St Oliver Plunkett, who attended in the late 17th century.

1649 – Owen Roe O’Neill – Catholic military leader against Cromwell – dies.

1812 – Charles Graves, bishop and mathematician, is born in Dublin.

1887 – Birth at sea of Edward McLysaght, genealogist and writer.

1920 – Auxiliaries Section Leader Lt L. Mitchell and Tem. Cadet Lt. B.V.A.Agnew attached to Company “C” A.D.R.i.C at Macroom coming back from a 24 hour pass to Cork City are captured at Emmet Place by IRA Courtmartialed and executed.

1922 – Republicans attack the National Army barracks at Glanmire, Cork. One civilian is wounded in the crossfire.

1922 – A prisoner, Michael Buckley, is shot dead in Limerick Prison by National Army troops for ‘signalling to political prisoners’

1929 – The Gaelic League announces expulsion for anyone who attends ‘foreign jazz dances’.

1940 – Michael John Giles, “Johnny Giles”, footballer and pundit, is born in Dublin.

1948 – The first ball-point “Biro” pen goes on sale in Dublin.

1957 – Birth of Siobhán Mary Ann McCarthy. She is a television and stage actress. She is married to theatrical sound designer Andrew Bruce, and resides in London with her husband and two children, Kieran and Juliet. She is perhaps best known for her role as Roisin Connor in ITV1’s Prison drama Bad Girls.

1974 – A proscenium ceiling collapses at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin.

1981 – Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher decide to set up an Anglo-Irish Inter-Governmental Council.

1998 – Jobless level reaches a 14-year low.

2000 – High winds and torrential rain continue in much of the East, South and South West causing widespread flooding, power outages and major disruptions in public and private transportation services.

2001 – Finance Minister Charlie McCreevy admits there is no end in sight to the downturn as the economy suffers a further jobs blow.

2002 – Thousands of people, including 600 seriously ill children, face disappointment as the Winter Wonderland project in the Curragh is cancelled.

2002 – Green Party TDs chain themselves to trees in Dublin’s O’Connell Street in a last-ditch attempt to save landmarks from the axe.

2003 – Death of writer and historian Risteard Ó Glaisne in Dublin. He was the author of biographies of two former Presidents, Douglas Hyde and Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh.

2005 – At a historic ceremony in memory of Irish and British soldiers killed at the Battle of Messines in 1917, the Tricolour of the Republic and the Union Jack are flown alongside one another at the war memorial in the Diamond of Derry City.

2010 – Three PSNI officers were injured after a grenade was thrown at them on Shaw’s Road, Belfast. Óglaigh na hÉireann claimed responsibility.

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