Today in Irish History – 22 June:

1770 – James Smyth, MP for Dundalk, is killed in a riding accident.

1777 – Birth of Admiral William Brown (also known in Spanish as Guillermo Brown) was born in Foxford, Co Mayo and died in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 3 March 1857.

1798 – United Irishmen Rebellion: Rebel southern column marches through Sculloge Gap, into Co Carlow. Rebel northern column marches to camp at Croghan.

1798 – Execution of John Kelly, also known as ‘Kelly of Killane’.

1866 – Archbishop Cullen becomes the first Irishman elevated to Cardinal.

1911 – George V and Mary of Teck are crowned King and Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

1921 – King George V addressed the first session of the parliament of Northern Ireland, calling on “all Irishmen to pause, to stretch out the hand of forbearance and conciliation, to forgive and to forget, and to join in making for the land they love a new era of peace, contentment, and good will.”

1922 – British General Henry Hughes Wilson, who had been military advisor to the Northern Ireland government, was shot dead by IRA volunteers Reginald Dunne and Joseph O’Sullivan in London, in reprisal for attacks on Catholics in Ulster; two policeman and a passerby were also wounded.

1923 – Michael Radford of the South Wexford Brigade I.R.A. (Anti-Treaty) is shot dead by Free State soldiers at Ballybuick, Tomhaggard, Wexford.

1930 – Sir Hugh Annesley – RUC Chief Constable – is born in Dublin.

1932 – Eucharistic Congress in Dublin begins. The high point is when over a million people gather for Mass in Phoenix Park.

1940 – The last tram to Donnybrook, Dublin leaves.

1959 – Birth of Michael Kinane – jockey – in Killenaule, Co Tipperary.

1973 – Hilton Edwards and Dr. Micheál Mac Liammóir are given the Freedom of the city of Dublin.

1981 – Mickey Devine begins his hunger strike in the H Blocks of Long Kesh prison. He was an Irish founding member of the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) and died on 20 August after 60 days on hunger strike.

1997 – Orange parades pass off quietly amid growing fears of a further stand-off at Drumcree.

1998 – An urgent appeal is made to Ireland’s drivers to slow down after eight young people lose their lives in a black weekend on the country’s roads.

2002 – U2’s Edge marries longtime girlfriend Morleigh Steinberg in a Jewish ceremony at the Garden of Eze in the south of France. Bono is the best man.

2015 – Death of hurler Jimmy Doyle (born in Thurles, Co Tipperary). One of the most highly rated players in the history of the game he was also among the most accomplished, having assembled extraordinary career statistics of six All-Irelands, nine Munster medals, seven national leagues and eight Railway Cups.

Photo: Inis Oírr, Aran Islands, Co Galway

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