1642 – The first regularly constituted presbytery in Ireland constituted by Scottish army chaplains meets at Carrickfergus.
1798 – Rebels capture Maynooth in Leinster and Bangor in Ulster.
1834 – Alfred Webb, writer and traveller, is born in Dublin.
1842 – The first number of James MacKnight’s “Banner of Ulster”, the newspaper of the Presbyterian Church, is published in Ulster.
1904 – James Joyce meets the love of his life, Nora Barnacle.
1912 – Birth of Mary Josephine Lavin, a noted Irish short story writer and novelist. She is regarded as a pioneering female author in the traditionally male-dominated world of Irish letters.
1921 – Seven Waterford IRA men were captured when a party of Marines, having crossed from Youghal by boat to Ferrypoint by night, surprised them near Piltown, Co Kilkenny.
1944 – Death of Limerick man, Frank Ryan. He was the organiser and leader of the 200 Irishmen who went to Spain to fight against Franco and fascism in 1936.
1953 – Garry Hynes, theatre director, is born in Roscommon.
1955 – Designer Bob Crowley is born in Cork.
1980 – Eight PIRA prisoners escaped from Crumlin Road Gaol in Belfast. Using handguns that had been smuggled into the prison, they took prison officers hostage and shot their way out of the building.
1986 – Belfast-born Patrick Joseph Magee, is found guilty of planting the Brighton bomb which killed five people and nearly wiped out most of Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet.
1986 – Bob Geldof and John Paul Getty II, are made honorary knights by Queen Elizabeth II.
1997 – Jimmy Kennedy, composer of many popular songs including “The Teddy Bear’s Picnic” and “Did Your Mother Come from Ireland”, is inducted posthumously into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
1998 – To mark the acquisition of the Leonard L. Milberg ’53 Collection of Irish Poetry, which comprises more than 1,100 printed works by 50 poets from the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland, an exhibit of materials from the collection goes on display in the Firestone Library at Princeton University.
1998 – Shannon Regional Fisheries Board investigate the mystery cause of a major fish kill on Loch Gara, one of the best-known coarse angling lakes on the Sligo and Roscommon border.
2000 – World-famous Irish tenor, Frank Patterson, dies suddenly at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York. Mr Patterson makes his first public appearance as a boy soprano in his hometown of Clonmel and attracts the attention of critics when he wins all the major Feis Ceoil vocal awards. In his lifetime, Mr. Patterson records more than 35 albums which feature a broad range of songs.
2003 – More than 1,000 taxi drivers protest in Dublin City Centre over the Government’s failure to appoint a permanent regulator for the industry.
2011 – Death of Brian Joseph Lenihan, an Irish Fianna Fáil politician. He had been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin West constituency since 1996. He served as Minister for Finance from 2008-11, and as Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform from 2007-08.
2015 – Death of Fr. Ray Reidy. He had most served as a curate in Ss Peter and Paul’s parish in Clonmel and the huge congregation of over 1,000 people (including 60 priests). A Remembrance Mass in Ss Peter and Paul’s church was testament to his popularity. Fr. Ray was also well-known as a stylish hurling wing back, winning a senior All-Ireland medal with Tipperary.
2015 – Death of Soccer star Johnny Fullam (born in Dublin). Fullam will be recalled in sporting history as the man who abandoned a potentially brilliant career in England to establish himself as one of the most successful players of his generation in the League of Ireland.
Image | Aerial photo of Sligo | Irish Air Corps