#OTD in Irish History – 19 November:

1783 – The Volunteers’ parliamentary reform bill is rejected by the Irish House of Commons, 157 to 77.

1798 – Theobald Wolfe Tone dies from a stab wound to his neck which he inflicted upon himself on November 12; his attempted suicide is the result of being refused a soldier’s execution by firing squad and being sentenced to death by hanging.

1821 – 17 people are burned to death in a house in Tubber, Co. Tipperary, probably by ‘Rockite’ agitators.

1871 – Margaret Emmeline Conway Dobbs, Irish historian, language activist and defender of Roger Casement, is born.

1900 – Birth of Pamela Hinkson, daughter of Katharine Tynan; she’s best known for her novel “The Ladies Road” which sold over 100,000 copies in the Penguin edition.

1913 – Irish Citizen Army is formed.

1920 – Four IRA officers were captured by the Auxiliaries in Durris, County Cork. Only the intervention of a colonel of the King’s Liverpool Regiment prevented the men from being summarily executed.

1920 – Joseph Devlin, MP for Belfast/Falls, accused the security forces of kidnapping Fr. Michael Griffin of Galway. Chief Secretary Hamar Greenwood denied this accusation.

1922 – Three more Republican prisoners are executed in Dublin by the Free State.

1922 – Free State troops fire on a republican rally on O’Connell Street, Dublin that was protesting against the mistreatment of prisoners. One civilian is killed and seven wounded.

1924 – Death in Ara Coeli, Armagh, of Cardinal Michael Logue, Primate of All Ireland.

1944 – Denis Brosnan, managing director of Kerry Group, is born in Tralee.

1954 – First performance of Brendan Behan’s The Quare Fellow at the Pike Theatre in Dublin.

1957 – Affectionately known as “Jacko”, Jack O’Shea, Kerry Gaelic footballer, is born in Cahirciveen, Co. Kerry.

1998 – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Dr Mary Robinson, is elected as chancellor of Trinity College, Dublin. Dr Robinson is the first woman in the college’s history to be appointed to the position, making her the head of the University of Dublin of which Trinity College is the sole constituent.

1999 – The life of eighty-five year old Eamon Kelly is celebrated at a banquet in his honour held at the Listowel Arms Hotel in Co. Kerry. Among the 250 guests are John B. Keane, Barry McGovern, Niall Toibin and Frances Black.

2001 – Taoiseach Bertie Ahern announces that low-cost airlines will have a dedicated wing at Dublin Airport in 18 months; Aer Rianta is told to drop airport charges to attract tourists into the country.

Image | Maghera Strand, Maghera, Ardara, Co Donegal | Gareth Wray Photography

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