Today in Irish History – 24 January:

1851 – Charles Plummer, Irish language scholar and editor of Lives of the Irish Saints, is born.

1901 – Proclamation of Edward VII as King in Dublin Castle.

1920 – Death of Percy French, writer of many popular Irish songs, including the Mountains of Mourne.

1921 – Patrick Scott, artist, is born in Kilbrittain, Co Cork.

1921 – While the War of Independence was supported (actively or passively) by the majority of Irish, the Catholic church railed against the violence. A letter from the Archbishop of Tuam, Dr. Thomas P Gilmartin is read at masses, following an ambush on English forces near Kilroe, Co Galway. “The misguided criminals who fired a few shots from behind a wall… have broken the truce of God, they have incurred the guilt of murder… and then having fired their few cowardly shots, they beat a hasty retreat, leaving the unprotected and innocent people at the mercy of uniformed forces.”

1933 – Fianna Fáil wins a general election.

1969 – Brian Faulkner resigns from his position as Prime Minister Terence O’Neill’s minister of commerce, furthering the split in the Unionist party .

1973 – Death of piper and folklorist, Willie Clancy.

1974 – The official Unionist Party is founded.

1978 – Eddie Gallagher and Dr. Rose Dugdale, both jailed for their part in the kidnap of Tiede Herrema, are married in Limerick prison.

1989 – Death of Michael Scott (b. in Drogheda). He was an Irish architect whose buildings included the Busáras building in Dublin, the Abbey Theatre, and Tullamore Hospital.

1998 – In west Belfast, Loyalists kill taxi driver, John McColgan by shooting him in the back of the head. It is the sixth sectarian murder in a week.

1999 – After months of negotiations and two special delegate conferences, Democratic Left merges with the Labour Party.

2000 – Tánaiste Mary Harney warns the IRA to begin decommissioning or run the risk of derailing the Northern peace process.

2001 – Government sources say the resignation of Northern Secretary Peter Mandelson is not a major setback to the peace process.

2002 – Irish doctors are among the worst-paid in Europe and charge less than they need to run a viable business, according to the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO).

2005 – Former Fianna Fáil Minister Ray Burke is jailed for six months for tax evasion. Prosecuting authorities found that Burke had failed to fully declare his income over a nine-year period.

Photo: Mizen pedestrian bridge, Co Cork

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