In the liturgical calendar, today is Feast day of St. Colman.
1289 – ‘All men of good will to the king’, both Irish and English, in Munster and Leinster are summoned to Buttevant in Leix (Queen’s County). A ten-day expedition which begins on this date, subdues and forces the local Irish into an uneasy peace.
1713 – Charles Lucas, physician, MP and political radical, is born in Ballingaddy, Ennis, Co Clare.
1902 – James Dillon, politician and Fine Gael leader is born in Dublin.
1920 – Ambush in Bunadreen, Co Kerry.
1920 – Black and Tans burned the village of Kilkee, Co Clare.
1930 – Saor Éire, a republican/socialist party, is founded by Peadar O’Donnell, Seán MacBride and other IRA members; it, the IRA and ten other organizations are declared illegal in the Free State on 23 October, and the Catholic Church excommunicates members of all 12 organizations. Saor Éire is soon dissolved.
1932 – De Valera opens the 13th Assembly of the League of Nations in Geneva.
1953 – Birth of Dolores Keane. She is an Irish folk singer and was a founding member of the successful group De Dannan, and has since embarked on a very successful solo career, establishing herself as one of the most loved interpreters of Irish music. Keane was born in a small village called Sylane (near Tuam) in rural Co Galway. She was raised by her aunts Rita and Sarah Keane since the age of four, who are also well-known sean-nós singers. Keane started her singing at a very young age, due to the influence of her musical aunts. She made her first recording for Radio Éireann in 1958, at the tender age of five. This early start inevitably meant that Keane would have a career in music. Her brother, Seán, also went on to enjoy a successful music career.
1957 – Shamrock Rovers become the first League of Ireland team to play in the European Cup — they lose 6-0 to Manchester United.
1997 – U2 plays its first-ever show in Greece, in the city of Thessaloniki.
2000 – Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble warns that the Good Friday Agreement could vanish over plans for new policing arrangements and the IRA’s failure to disarm.
2000 – Financier George Finbar Ross, whose Gibraltar-based International Investments company went bust in the mid-eighties owning millions to Irish investors, is cleared of the bulk of the charges against him.
2001 – Thousands of teachers will be docked up to £500 each because of industrial action they took prior to last year’s State exams.
Photo: Mizen Head, Co Cork
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