#OnThisDate in Irish History – 25 January:

1356 – The 1st Earl of Desmond dies; Kildare is his replacement as justiciar.

1533 – England’s King Henry VIII, Lord of Ireland and ‘self declared’ King of Ireland (1541) marries Anne Boleyn after divorcing Catherine of Aragon.

1627 – Robert Boyle, physicist, chemist and alchemist, is born in Lismore, Co Waterford.

1777 – The Earl of Buckinghamshire, who eventually conceded free trade and some relief from the Penal Laws to Catholics and Dissenters, is sworn in as Lord Lieutenant.

1831 – Edmund Hogan, Jesuit and scholar, is born in Cork.

1877 – Canon Patrick Murphy and the alcohol free 1916 Rising in Wexford. Canon Patrick Murphy is born in Whitehill, Kilmore, Co Wexford. Murphy is a little known figure in Irish history, but he provided a truly fascinating oral account of the 1916 Rising in Enniscorthy in an interview in 1955.

1923 – One Free State soldier and one Anti-Treaty fighter are killed in two separate skirmishes in Co Kerry.

1924 – Charles McCarthy, trade unionist, is born in Cork.

1924 – Tomás Mac Giolla, republican and socialist, and later, Workers’ Party leader, is born near Nenagh, Co Tipperary.

1998 – The Irish Seaspray plant in Lettermore, Co Galway is extensively damaged after two explosions rip through the facility and start a major fire.

1999 – The Government descends into chaos over allegations that European Commissioner Pádraig Flynn received a donation of £50,000 ten years ago and that the Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, knew about it.

1999 – Ireland’s first day centre for refugees is opened in Dublin by Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.

2001 – The new Northern Ireland Secretary, Dr. John Reid, pledges to carry forward the Good Friday Agreement.

2001 – Thousands gather in Ballinamallard, Co Fermanagh for the funerals of rally champion Bertie Fisher and two of his children, Emma, and Mark – also a renowned driver.

2013 – Death of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe. He was an Irish police detective working for the Garda Síochána. He was attached to Dundalk Garda Station in Co Louth, and was fatally shot in Bellurgan, Co Louth (near Jenkinstown) on 25 January 2013 by an armed gang of five people during a robbery on a credit union. He was the first garda to be shot dead in the line of duty since 1996, and was afforded a full state funeral.

2013 – Death of of Kevin Heffernan (Heffo’s Army). Regarded as one of the greatest Gaelic footballers of all-time, Heffernan made his debut during the 1948 championship and was a regular member of the starting fifteen, as a left corner-forward for the Dublin senior team, until his retirement after the 1962 championship. During that time he won one All-Ireland medal, four Leinster medals and three National League medals. An All-Ireland runner-up on one occasion, Heffernan captained the team to the All-Ireland title in 1958. In retirement from playing Heffernan became involved in coaching and team management. As Dublin manager he revived the county team and steered them to three All-Ireland titles between 1974 and 1983.

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