#OTD in Irish History – 7 November:

1366 – Lionel of Clarence, third son of Edward III and king’s lieutenant in Ireland, leaves the country.

1730 – The Danish East India Company ship, Golden Lyon, is stranded near Ballyheige, Co. Kerry.

1771 – Funeral of Charles Lucas in Dublin attracts ‘the most numerous crowds of people ever known in this Kingdom’.

1791 – The Customs House (Teach an Chustaim) opens.

1854 – The first public performance of Fion Boucicault’s Arrah-na-pogue is given at Dublin’s Theatre Royal.

1878 – Margaret Cousins, née Gillespie, suffragist and India’s first female magistrate, is born in Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

1881 – Birth near Dundalk of Peadar Ó Dubhda, teacher of Irish and translator.

1881 – Death of John MacHale (b. in Tubbernavine, Co. Mayo). He was the Irish Roman Catholic Archbishop of Tuam, and Irish Nationalist. McHale Park in Castlebar, County Mayo is named for him. He laboured and wrote to secure Catholic Emancipation, legislative independence, justice for tenants and the poor, and vigorously assailed the proselytisers and the anti-Catholic anti-national system of public education. He preached regularly to his flock in Irish.

1900 – George Wyndham becomes Chief Secretary for Ireland.

1940 – De Valera Responds to Churchill on Irish Ports.

1968 – Death of Margaret Mary Pearse, Irish language educator.

1970 – Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy is born.

1971 – The Official IRA murders Senator John Barnhill near Strabane.

1975 – Dr Tiede Herrema, a Dutch industrialist kidnapped by the IRA, is freed.

1976 – Crosses are planted in Belfast for lives lost in Northern Ireland since 1969 -1,662 in all.

1963 – 12 people are arrested at a Beatles concert in the Adelphi, Dublin.

1980 – Death of Frank Duff, founder of the Legion of Mary.

1983 – Garret FitzGerald and Margaret Thatcher meet for the first session of the Anglo-Irish Governmental Council.

1990 – Death of Tom Clancy of the Clancy Brothers.

1990 – Mary Robinson is first woman to be elected President of the Republic of Ireland.

1999 – Dublin’s Millennium pedestrian bridge is put into position over the River Liffey.

2000 – A call is made to ban Red Bull, the stimulant soft drink.

2000 – Geraldine Mills from Galway wins the Hennessy New Irish Writer award.

2001 – Dublin commuters face a 60% rise in taxi fares under recommendations by an independent assessor.

2001 – Central Bank governor Maurice O’Connell warns that Ireland has probably seen the end of the Celtic Tiger, as the number of jobs lost this year reaches 13,000.

2002 – The National Roads Authority denies protesters’ claims of victory after archaeologists resume work on the controversial Carrickmines Castle site.

2002 – Allegations that a civil servant was spying on David Trimble for the IRA plunges the Northern Ireland peace process deeper into crisis.

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