1600 – Robert Grave, Church of Ireland Bishop of Ferns and Leighlin, and his family drown in Dublin Bay on their way home to Wexford by sea.
1796 – The Royal College of St Patrick. a Catholic seminary, is opened in Maynooth, Co Kildare.
1751 – Cornelius Bolton, politician, Volunteer and improving landlord is born.
1761 – In the climate of sectarian tension created partly by the Mathew-Maude controversy, the Whiteboys, a violent agrarian protest movement, begins in Tipperary and spreads through Munster and West Leinster.
1796 – The Royal College of St Patrick a Catholic seminary, is opened in Maynooth, Co Kildare.
1856 – Nationalist politician and MP John Edward Redmond is born at Ballytrent House, Kilrane, Co Waterford.
1861 – The 10th Tennessee Infantry Regiment enters Confederate service. Company D was known as the Rebel Sons of Erin because so many of them were Irish.
1864 – Roger Casement is born in Dublin to an Anglo-Irish family, he initially served in the British diplomatic corps mainly in Africa. His work on exposing the horrific conditions that Belgium subjected native Congolese labor to won him international renown. He was knighted in 1911. But his allegiance was to an independent Ireland and he helped found the Irish Volunteers in 1913. He was arrested in 1916 attempting to import German arms into Ireland. Britain saw this as a treasonous act. He was executed 3 August 1916.
1908 – The Model T is launched and would go onto sell more than 15 million units. Henry Ford’s father William Ford was born in County Cork and was one of many to emigrate from Ireland due to poverty and starvation. Ford visited Ireland in 1912, 65 years after his dad had emigrated, and again in 1917 when he established the Ford plant in Cork city. Ford did not forget his Irish roots. He named his Dearborn home Fair Lane after the area of Cork where his maternal grandfather came from. The Ford plant in Cork would finally close in 1984.
1911 – Statue of Charles Stewart Parnell is unveiled in Dublin.
1930 – Actor Richard Harris is born in Limerick.
1975 – Muhammad Ali defeats Joe Frazier in the Thrilla in Manila, third and most brutal bout between two great boxers. Ali had Irish roots, the great fighter visited Ennis, Co Clare, his ancestral home, in 2009. Ali twice fought and defeated “Irish” Jerry Quarry in the early 70’s.
1975 – Five Protestant civilians (all Orangemen) were killed and seven were wounded in a gun attack on Tullyvallen Orange Hall near Newtownhamilton, County Armagh. One of the Orangemen was an off-duty RUC officer, who returned fire. The attack was claimed by the South Armagh Republican Action Force (SARAF), who said it was retaliation for “the assassinations of fellow Catholics in Belfast”.
1979 – RTÉ broadcasts Pope John Paul II’s visit to Ireland.
1981 – Northern Ireland’s first religiously integrated secondary school opened.
2000 – Eight men, including one Irishman, are feared dead after their fishing vessel sinks off the Clare coast in gale force winds and treacherous seas.
2000 – President Mary McAleese leads the tributes to the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Luciano Storero, who died at 8am this morning in the Mater Hospital in Dublin at the age of 74.
2001 – Journalists from all over Ireland gather to pay tribute to colleague Martin O’Hagan who was gunned down last week. More than 1,500 people attend his funeral in his hometown of Lurgan, County Armagh.
2001 – The Black and White Pub of The Year Award 2001 goes to Fitzpatrick’s Bar of Jenkinstown, Co Louth.
Image | Benevenagh Mountain, Co Derry | Hibernia Landscapes by Stephen Wallace
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