Today in Irish History – 10 September:

1315 – Battle of Connor: Major victory for Edward the Bruce in his invasion of Ulster.

1602 – “Red” Hugh O’Donnell dies in Simancas, Spain; evidence suggests he was poisoned by an English spy.

1641 – Oliver Cromwell seizes Drogheda.

1763 – The Freeman’s Journal is founded in Dublin by Charles Lucas.

1831 – Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa, Fenian, is born in Rosscarbery, Co Cork.

1850 – In Thurles, it is the final day of the first canonical synod of the Irish church, summoned by Paul Cullen.

1919 – Dáil Éireann outlawed by the English as a “dangerous association.”

1923 – The Irish Free State is admitted into the League of Nations.

1842 – Death of Waterford born William Hobson, naval officer and the first Governor of New Zealand when it was designated a separate colony of Great Britain in 1840.

1958 – Birth of Siobhan Fahey (born Siobhan Máire Deirdre Fahey in Dunshaughlin, Co Meath) was a founding member of the 1980s British girl group Bananarama, and later founded the musical outfit Shakespeare’s Sister.

1963 – Birth of Marian Keyes, an Irish novelist and non-fiction writer, best known for her work in women’s literature. She is an Irish Book Awards winner. Over 22 million copies of her novels have been sold worldwide and her books have been translated into 32 languages. She became known worldwide for the best-sellers, Watermelon, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, and This Charming Man, with themes including domestic violence and alcoholism.

1985 – The first heart transplant takes place in Ireland.

1987 – The third leg of the U2 Joshua Tree tour opens in New York’s Nassau Coliseum.

1998 – Students queue for food at an emergency soup kitchen and advice centre, set up in a bid to ease the impact of the stress and strain caused by one of the greatest accommodation shortages ever experienced in Dublin.

1998 – Gerry Adams and David Trimble finally come face-to-face in an historic move aimed to bring to an end decades of mistrust between the two sides.

2001 – Westport, Co Mayo wins the Tidy Towns competition.

Photo: Inchydoney Beach, Clonakilty, Co Cork, Raymond Fogarty Photography

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