1773 – Death of James FitzGerald, 1st Duke of Leinster, etc. PC (Ire), styled Lord Offaly until 1744 and known as The Earl of Kildare between 1744 and 1761 and as The Marquess of Kildare between 1761 and 1766, was an Irish nobleman, soldier and politician. He was the 20th Earl of Kildare and Baron of Offaly and was created 1st Viscount Leinster of Taplow in 1747 and 1st Duke of Leinster, 1st Marquess of Kildare and 1st Earl of Offaly in 1766.
1783 – The Volunteers’ parliamentary reform bill is rejected by the Irish House of Commons, 157 to 77.
1798 – Theobald Wolfe Tone dies from a stab wound to his neck which he inflicted upon himself on 12 November; his attempted suicide is the result of being refused a soldier’s execution by firing squad and being sentenced to death by hanging.
1821 – Seventeen people are burned to death in a house in Tubber, Co Tipperary, probably by ‘Rockite’ agitators.
1863 – U.S. President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address dedicating a national cemetery at the site of the battlefield in Pennsylvania where numerous Irish fought and died during the fearsome battle of the previous July.
1871 – Margaret Emmeline Conway Dobbs, Irish historian, language activist and defender of Roger Casement, is born in Dublin.
1900 – Birth of Pamela Hinkson, daughter of Katharine Tynan; she’s best known for her novel “The Ladies Road” which sold over 100,000 copies in the Penguin edition.
1913 – Irish Citizen Army is formed.
1918 – Birth of Brendan Corish in Wexford town, Co Wexford. He was an Irish Labour Party politician, and leader of his party from 1960 to 1977. He also served in a number of cabinet positions, most notably as Tánaiste, Minister for Health and Minister for Social Welfare.
1920 – Four IRA officers were captured by the Auxiliaries in Durris, Co Cork. Only the intervention of a colonel of the King’s Liverpool Regiment prevented the men from being summarily executed.
1920 – Joseph Devlin, MP for West Belfast/Belfast Falls, accused the security forces of kidnapping Fr. Michael Griffin of Galway. Chief Secretary Hamar Greenwood denied this accusation.
1922 – Three more Republican prisoners are executed in Dublin by the Free State.
1922 – Free State troops fire on a republican rally on O’Connell Street, Dubin that was protesting against the mistreatment of prisoners. One civilian is killed and seven wounded.
1924 – Death in Ara Coeli, Armagh, of Cardinal Michael Logue, Primate of All Ireland.
1944 – Denis Brosnan, the founder of Kerry Group, is born in Tralee.
1954 – First performance of Brendan Behan’s The Quare Fellow at the Pike Theatre in Dublin.
1957 – Affectionately known as “Jacko”, Jack O’Shea, a former Irish sportsperson, was born in Cahirciveen, Co Kerry. He played Gaelic football at various times with his local clubs St. Mary’s in Kerry and Leixlip in Kildare. He was a member of the Kerry senior inter-county team from 1976 until 1992. O’Shea is regarded as one of the greatest players of all-time.
1998 – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Dr Mary Robinson, is elected as chancellor of Trinity College, Dublin. Dr Robinson is the first woman in the college’s history to be appointed to the position, making her the head of the University of Dublin of which Trinity College is the sole constituent.
1999 – The life of eighty-five year old Eamon Kelly is celebrated at a banquet in his honour held at the Listowel Arms Hotel in Co Kerry. Among the 250 guests are John B. Keane, Barry McGovern, Niall Toibin and Frances Black.
2001 – Taoiseach Bertie Ahern announces that low-cost airlines will have a dedicated wing at Dublin Airport in 18 months; Aer Rianta is told to drop airport charges to attract tourists into the country.
Image | Maghera Strand, Maghera, Ardara, Co Donegal
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