Today in Irish History – 12 December:

1803 – Birth in Limerick of writer Gerald Griffin.

1881 – Birth in Cork of James O’Flynn, also known as ‘Father O’Flynn of the Loft’; priest; teacher of acting, singing and dancing.

1883 – Birth in Dublin of Peadar Kearney, songwriter, revolutionary and house-painter; he is famous for writing the words of the Irish national anthem.

1920 – Birth of Christy Ring in Cloyne, Co Cork. His 24-year career record earned him a reputation as the greatest hurler of all time.

1920 – Black and Tans continue their attacks in Cork.

1920 – The Roman Catholic Bishop of Cork, Daniel Colahan, issued a decree saying that “anyone within the diocese of Cork who organises or takes part in ambushes or murder or attempted murder shall be excommunicated”.

1927 – First independent Irish coinage circulated.

1955 – The Cork Opera House is destroyed by fire.

1957 – The IRA begins a violent four-year campaign in Northern Ireland.

1960 – Birth of Donegal superstar Daniel O’Donnell.

1974 – Seán MacBride receives Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo.

1975 – A six-day siege on Balcombe Street in London ends peacefully after four IRA gunmen free their two hostages and give themselves up to police.

1993 – Ireland’s first and Radio Éireann’s own agony aunt, Frankie Byrne, whose legendary programme with its ‘Dear Frankie’ letters of advice was broadcast from 1963 to 1985, passes away at the age of 71.

1997 – The Taoiseach and the British Prime Minister Tony Blair invite the key players in the talks into a 12-week negotiating blitz beginning in the New Year.

2000 – At a farewell reception in Dundalk, US President Bill Clinton makes an emotional plea to the people of Ireland: “redouble your efforts for peace”.

2001 – Intelligence agent William Stobie is gunned down in Belfast by former associates.

2002 – The Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism rules that Fossett’s Circus is be recognised as an art form and is thus entitled to State funding. The recognition makes the 115-year old circus the oldest performing arts institution in the country, 30 years’ older than the Abbey Theatre.

2012 – ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor became the undisputed UFC featherweight champion by knocking out Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds in the main event of UFC 194 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Photo: Old country road leading to Mount Errigal, Co Donegal, David O’Gorman Photography

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