Today in Irish History – 13 February:

1689 – William and Mary, daughter of James II, are proclaimed king and queen jointly.

1820 – Leonard McNally, lawyer and English informer, dies.

1850 – Michael Kelly, fourth Roman Catholic archbishop of Sydney is born in Waterford. Kelly was a leading figure in the foundation in 1901 of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association of the Sacred Heart, the primary temperance organisation in Ireland.

1871 – Joseph Devlin, Belfast Nationalist, is born.

1864 – Stephen Lucius Gwynn, writer and nationalist, is born in Dublin.

1898 – Frank Aiken, revolutionary and politician from Co Armagh, is born.

1921 – Attack on Crown forces at Merrion Square, Dublin by Volunteers of the 3rd Battalion Dublin Brigade.

1923 – Two Anti-Treaty men are killed in a raid on their dug out at Currahane Strands, Co Kerry.

1938 – Larry Cunningham, country singer, is born in Granard, Co Longford.

1956 – Birth in Dublin of Liam Brady, former soccer international.

1967 – ‘I’m a Believer’ by The Monkees tops the Irish singles chart: http://youtu.be/XfuBREMXxts

1974 – Death of Lucy Agnes Smyth in Dingle, Co Kerry; section Leader of the Central Branch of Cumann na mBan, during the 1916 Easter Rising.

1998 – It is announced that Irish Embassy staff in Riyadh and Tel Aviv, the Saudi and Israeli capitals, are being kitted out with special suits to protect them against nuclear, biological or chemical weapons.

1998 – Ireland’s electricity industry, one of the last bastions of the closed market, takes a historic step towards open competition when Enterprise Minister Mary O’Rourke inspects the site of a Finnish-owned peat-fuelled generating station in Offaly.

1998 – Death of John Cowley. He was one of the most recognised actors in Ireland in the 60s and 70s due to his role in the RTÉ drama The Riordans, best known for his role as, Tom Riordan. Cowley played minor roles in numerous other productions including The Field and The Avengers

2001 – Kosovar refugees living in Tralee and Waterford celebrate their right to become Irish citizens, almost two years after they first arrived in Ireland. A total of 140 Kosovar refugees, displaced as a result of an ethnic war in their homeland, are to be allowed live in Ireland permanently on humanitarian grounds.

2002 – It is announced that John Rocha is to become the first Irish designer to receive a CBE award for his long-standing contribution to the fashion industry.

2003 – Nearly 10,000 people are forced to find an alternative way of getting to work in Dublin when Dart services are disrupted by a major overhead line fault.

2011 – Actor, TP McKenna, well-known for his stage, film and television work, dies in London following a long illness. The 81-year-old, who was born in Mullagh, Co Cavan. He had established himself as one of the finest and most versatile actors of his generation, on stage, television and in film, in a career spanning half a century. Following several years on the stage he began appearing in television dramas from the 1960s including ‘Dangerman’, ‘Adam Adamant’, ‘The Avengers’, ‘The Saint’, ‘Jason King’, ‘The Sweeney’, ‘Blakes 7’, ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Minder’ .

Photo: Rathlin Island, Co Antrim, William Calvert Photography

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