In the Liturgical calendar, today is the Feast day of Maél Máedoc Úa Morgair, St. Malachy of Armagh.
1380 – Edmund Mortimer, 6th Earl of Ulster, holds a parliament at Dublin, which confirms the Statutes of Kilkenny.
1692 – The only session of the exclusively Protestant Irish parliament of William III and Mary ends on this date.
1717 – Henry Luttrell, soldier and suspected betrayer of the Jacobites, is assassinated in Dublin.
1788 – Thomas Steele, landlord and supporter of Daniel O’Connell is born in Derrymore, Co Clare.
1796 – First court sittings at the Four Courts, Dublin.
1815 – Birth in Dungiven, Co Derry of John Mitchel, patriot and founder of the newspaper the United Irishman.
1846 – Cork Examiner Reports on ‘The Great Hunger’ Deaths.
1854 – The Catholic University of Ireland is opened with J. H. Newman as its first rector.
1903 – Tomas O Fiaich, Irish language author and Cardinal-Archbishop of Armagh is born.
1917 – Birth of Conor Cruise O’Brien, diplomat, political commentator and writer.
1920 – Two RIC officers killed in separate incidents in Tipperary and Sligo.
1922 – Tom Powell and his East Mayo Anti-Treaty IRA unit are captured in Ballinrobe, Co Mayo.
1922 – Republicans attack Free State General Richard Mulcahy’s official residence adjoining a military barracks in Portobello, Dublin. A grenade is thrown into the house and fire is opened with revolvers before troops from the barracks are mobilised. and One Anti-Treaty fighter is shot dead.
1922 – A Free State soldier and a civilian are killed in a car accident at North Wall, Dublin.
1932 – Birth in Rooskey, Co Roscommon of Albert Reynolds, politician and businessman, Fianna Fáil leader and Taoiseach from 1992-1994.
1943 – Query raised in Dáil Éireann by Oliver Flanagan about participation in a ‘foreign army.’
1969 – Introduction of the breathalyser into Ireland.
1999 – A two-shilling book of Irish stamps, forgotten since being bought in the 1930s, is set to fetch £1000 at auction. The stamps – six at two pence, nine at a penny and six at a halfpenny – were almost certainly bought for use when they were purchased some time between 1931 and 1940.The orange coloured front cover bears the word STAMPAI and an advert proclaiming: McCairns for Vauxhalls and Bedfords, Showrooms, 2 Dawson Street, Dublin.
1999 – Former US Senator George Mitchell says he has no intention of imposing a deadline on the peace negotiations with Northern Ireland’s political leaders.
2000 – Sinn Féin is given the go ahead to legally challenge David Trimble’s contentious ban on the party’s ministers attending North South Ministerial Council meetings.
2000 – The country’s first graduates of Science in Electronics Manufacturing are conferred with their degrees.
2000 – The first All Ireland Food Safety Campaign is launched. It is aimed at reducing the number of food poisoning cases on both sides of the border.
Photo: Old Thatched house near Crohy Head in Donegal, Gary McParland Landscape Photography
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