Today in Irish History – 2 February:

1172 – Last day King Henry II holds his court in Dublin.

1172 – The Synod of Cashel: the Bishops of Ireland, under duress, pledge allegiance to Henry II of England.

1806 – Birth of painter, Daniel Maclise, in Co Cork.

1880 – Charles S. Parnell addresses the U.S. Congress.

1882 – Birth in Dublin of James Augustine Aloysius Joyce.

1882 – James Stephens, poet and novelist, is born in Dublin.

1903 – Birth of Hilton Edwards, actor and producer.

1918 – Former Heavyweight champion, John L. Sullivan dies.

1922 – James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’ published in Paris – on his birthday.

1923 – One Free State soldier is killed and another wounded in an ambush of a patrol near Cahirsiveen, Kerry.

1936 – Birth of Tony Ryan, aviation entrepreneur, in Co Tipperary.

1939 – Desmond O’Malley, Fianna Fáil politician and leader of the Progressive Democrats, is born in Co Limerick.

1972 – Funerals of eleven of those killed on Bloody Sunday. Prayer services held across Ireland. In Dublin, over 30,000 marched to the British Embassy, carrying thirteen replica coffins and black flags. They attacked the Embassy with stones and bottles, then petrol bombs. The building was eventually burnt to the ground.

1996 – Gene Kelly dies in his sleep. The fleet-footed dancer and star of ‘Singin’ in the Rain’, ‘An American in Paris’ and other popular movies was the grandson of Irish immigrants.

1998 – Terror gangs on both sides of the religious divide in the North issue threat and counter-threat as fears grow of another bloody month of sectarian slaughter.

2000 – It is announced that cars in the pot holed county of Cavan are failing the National Car Test in bigger numbers than any other part of the country.

2000 – The founding President of the University of Limerick, Dr Edward Walsh, is praised for his role in the development of the college at the launch of a book “University of Limerick — a Celebration” which charts the history of UL.

2001 – Edna O’Brien receives a lifetime achievement award from the society for Irish writers, Irish PEN, in recognition of her work which spans 25 years.

2002 – Spring tides after a full moon, driving rain, gale force southerly winds and low pressure all contribute to the highest water levels on the River Liffey in Dublin since 1924.

Photo: Giants Causeway Chimney Stacks, Co Antrim

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