Today in Irish History – 27 February:

1495 – Garret Mór Fitzgerald, Eighth Earl of Kildare, is arrested in Dublin by Sir Edward Poynings, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.

1760 – François Thurot holds the castle and the town of Carrickfergus until this date.

1792 – The Irish House of Commons is partly destroyed by fire.

1841 – William Bruce, Sr., the last surviving member of the Ulster Volunteer convention of 1783, a group that fostered efforts towards reform, dies.

1895 – Kilkenny-born Patrick Manogue, founding Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento dies on this day, age 63.

1907 – Coslett Quin, clergyman, scholar and linguist, is born in Derriaghy, Co Antrim.

1920 – DMP officers shot of whom one John Walsh killed.

1923 – National Army troops surprise an Anti-Treaty column in their dug out at Arigna, Co Leitrim. Two Anti-Treaty fighters, James Cull and Patrick Tynan, are killed when their dugout is blown up.

1975 – Scotland Yard announces that the man who shot dead a police officer in London on February 26 had been staying in a flat used as a ‘bomb factory’ by the Provisional IRA.

1997 – After a contentious court battle contesting the referendum, the new divorce law in the Republic is enacted.

1998 – A recruitment programme to bolster the defence forces with 500 new members officially launched with a commitment made to keep staffing levels at 11,500 by the end of 1998.

2000 – President Mary McAleese and former Taoiseach Charles Haughey are among the many people to pay tribute at the funeral of North Kerry Fianna Fáil TD and former minister, Tom McEllistrim.

2001 – In an effort to help prevent the spread of hoof and mouth disease, the Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland is cancelled and the Government has asked the Irish racing industry not to participate in the Cheltenham racing festival this year. All horseracing, including point to point events, and all greyhound meets are also cancelled until further notice.

2001 – Blizzard conditions bring parts of Leinster to a standstill; all flights are cancelled at Dublin Airport and many roads are left impassable after heavy falls of snow.

2002 – Ryanair Flight 296 catches fire at London Stansted Airport. Subsequent investigations criticise Ryanair’s handling of the evacuation.

2002 – Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger visits University College Cork where he is confronted by more than 400 angry students protesting his presence.

2002 – Death of Terence Alan Patrick Seán ‘Spike’ Milligan KBE, a comedian, writer, musician, poet, playwright, soldier, and actor. Milligan’s early life was spent in India, where he was born, but the majority of his working life was spent in the United Kingdom. He became an Irish citizen in 1962 after the British government declared him stateless. He was the co-creator, main writer and a principal cast member of ‘The Goon Show’, performing a range of roles including the popular Eccles.

2003 – The funeral of former chief justice and government minister Tom O’Higgins takes place at St Patrick’s Church in Monkstown, Dublin.

2003 – The European Commission confirms that new cars cost, on average, are 10% more in Ireland than the lowest pre-tax prices recommended by manufacturers in other eurozone markets.

2009 – The largest bank robbery in Ireland’s history takes place at the Bank of Ireland, College Green cash centre in Dublin. Ireland. Criminals engaged in the tiger kidnapping of a junior bank employee, 24-year-old Shane Travers, and force him to remove €7.6 million (US$9 million) in cash from the bank as his girlfriend and two others are held hostage.

Photo: St. Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny, Sandberg Photography

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