Today in Irish History – 19 January:

1739 – Birth of Arthur Wolfe, 1st Viscount Kilwarden and Lord Chief Justice in Forenaghts, Co Kildare.

1787 – Birth in Cork of Mary Aikenhead, founder of the Irish Sisters of Charity and St. Vincent’s Hospital Dublin.

1793 – Hugh Cane, MP for Tallow, dies from a fall down stairs.

1916 – James Connolly vanished for a three day meeting with the IRB military council where they agreed upon joint plans for an insurrection on Easter Sunday. At this point, Connolly was co-opted on to the Military Council of the IRB.

1920 – IRA attacks Drombrane barracks, Co Tipperary.

1921 – Kilroe Ambush, Co Galway.

1923 – Republican fighters derail the railway line on the bridge near Ardfert, Co Kerry. The train crashes, killing its two drivers.

1949 – Dennis Taylor, snooker player and world champion in 1985, is born in Coalisland, Co Tyrone.

1961 – Birth of Eoghan Corry in Dublin. He is an Irish Journalist and author celebrated as the most travelled man in Ireland averaging over 30 countries a year. Since 2002 he has edited Ireland’s biggest circulation travel publication, Travel Extra. A former sportswriter and sports editor he has written books on sports history, and founding story-editor of the Gaelic Athletic Association Museum at Croke Park, Dublin.

1963 – Playwright Teresa Deevy dies.

1964 – Birth of Richard Dunwoody, jockey, in Comber, Co Down.

1983 – The Minister for Justice, Michael Noonan, reveals that the previous Fianna Fáil administration was involved in tapping the phones of Journalists Geraldine Kennedy and Bruce Arnold.

1985 – Death of Dublin-born actor Wilfrid Brambell, aka Old man Steptoe.

1988 – Dublin writer Christopher Nolan, who cannot move or speak because of an accident at birth, wins the Whitbread Book of the Year.

1998 – The Northern peace process are close to collapse after a 52-year-old Catholic taxi driver is killed in an attack which bears all the hallmarks of the UDA/UFF.

2000 – More than 20,000 people gather on the streets of west Belfast in memory of IRA teenager, Tom Williams, who was hanged in 1942 for his part in the murder of an RUC man.

2003 – Disgraced celebrity chef Tim Allen moves to protect his multi-million euro family business, announcing he is ceasing all connection with the Ballymaloe Cookery School and hotel.

Photo: Inis Oírr Lighthouse, Aran Islands, Co Galway, Giuseppe Milo Photography

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