Today in Irish History – 13 November:

In the liturgical calendar, it is the Feast day of St. Kilian of Aubigny. In the 7th century, he becomes the only Irish person in the entire history of the Church to be offered the Papacy; he declines the honour.

867 – Death of Pope Nicholas I.

1643 – Charles I appoints James Butler, 1st Marquess of Ormond as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.

1726 – At Clonmel, Joseph Slattery, MP for Blessington, dies from wounds received in a duel with Stephen Moore, MP for Fethard.

1887 – Bloody Sunday clashes in central London. (Bloody Sunday, London 1887).

1921 – Éamon de Valera on 1921 Treaty Negotiations.

1923 – Leonard Boyle, priest and palaeographer, is born in Donegal.

1942 – Five Sullivan brothers from Iowa die when their ship the light cruiser SS Juneau is torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. Raised in an Irish-Catholic family, the brothers great grandfather had emigrated from Ireland.

1968 – Speaking about Northern Ireland, Taoiseach Jack Lynch stated in Dáil Éireann, he “hoped that as a result of my contact with Mr. Wilson and Mr. Wilson’s conversations with Captain O’Neill, the civil rights prospects would now become brighter and that the discrimination would be abolished; and that once we saw that was forthcoming we could re-establish north-south contacts.” The crisis in the North was consuming the energies of politicians in Britain and Ireland. Just weeks previously, Lynch had met with Northern Irish Nationalist leader Eddie McAteer to discuss the situation.

1998 – Paddy Clancy of the Clancy Brothers is laid to rest in Faugheen cemetary, Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary.

1999 – Environmentalists warn that Killarney’s picture postcard Lough Lein is in danger from pollution.

2000 – A report on the status of the Irish language in Loughrea, Co Galway indicates there are Irish speakers in 362 of the 500 households who returned questionaires. The report also shows 91% of the town’s people want Irish language names for housing estates and 88% want more Irish used in signposts and public notices. All Irish education was also overwhelmingly accepted with 91% supporting the recently opened Gaelscoil Riabhach.

2000 – Clamping of illegally parked vehicles goes into effect for the first time in Galway city centre.

2000 – Former Secretary of State Dr Mo Mowlam is chosen Ireland’s International Person of the Year. She secures the accolade for her enormous contribution to the quest for peace.

2001 – RTÉ announces it is to become the first broadcaster in Europe to provide an on-screen aid to warn viewers of programmes containing sex, violence or foul language.

2001 – Irish troops walk out of the gates of Camp Shamrock, ending more than two decades of peacekeeping duty in Lebanon. The camp is handed over to a contingent of troops from Ghana.

2002 – A major fire in a Dublin industrial complex continues to blaze more than 16 hours after flames are first spotted.

2002 – The Irish and British governments invite the north’s political parties to take part in talks at Stormont to try to ease the crisis in the peace process.

Photo: Cúchulainn’s Stone, Knockbridge, Co Louth

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