Today in Irish History – 29 September:

In the liturgical calendar, today is the Feast of St. Michael, the Archangel.

1155 – A proposal for the invasion of Ireland by Henry II is discussed at the Council of Winchester and rejected, though soon after, Henry obtains a papal privilege approving the invasion.

1603 – Rory O’Donnell kisses the king’s hand and is created Earl of Tyrconnell.

1678 – Count Peter Lacy, soldier, governor of Livonia (Latvia) and field-marshal in the Russian army, is born in Killeedy, Co Limerick.

1732 – Birth of Sir Henry Cavendish, politician and master of shorthand, who recorded parliamentary debates.

1778 – Birth in Dublin of Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy.

1798 – Tandy and other Irish political prisoners in Hamburg are handed over to British authorities.

1798 – Matthew Tone, brother of Wolfe Tone is executed in Dublin following his capture at the Battle of Ballinamuck. Tone was a captain in the French Army under General Humbert. While as many as six hundred French soldiers were repatriated, the Irish were not so lucky.

1826 – Charles Cornwallis Chesney, professor of military history, is born in Kilkeel, Co Down.

1836 – Michael Mulhall, publisher and statistician, is born in Dublin.

1854 – Birth in Kinvara, Co Galway of Francis Arthur Fahy who wrote the song, Galway Bay.

1898 – Fenian Thomas Clarke is released from Portland Prison.

1905 – Francis Llewellyn Harrison, musicologist, is born in Dublin.

1908 – Birth of film star Greer Garson in Co Down.

1929 – The last active Fenian, John Devoy, dies.

1930 – George Bernard Shaw refuses a peerage.

1972 – Kathleen Daly Clarke, Irish patriot, dies.

1979 – Pope John Paul II became the first pontiff to set foot on Irish soil with his pastoral visit to the Republic of Ireland.

1999 – Smyth’s bar on Haddington Road in Dublin, is sold ‘virtually’ and otherwise in Ireland’s first Internet broadcast property auction.

2002 – In Co Wicklow, five paintings, including two by the renowned artist, Rubens, are stolen in another raid on Russborough House which has a history of art thefts.

Photo: Delphi, Co Mayo, Geoff McGrath Photography

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Co. Mayo October 2014 by Geoff McGrath Photography
Co. Mayo October 2014 by Geoff McGrath Photography

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