1488 – Sir Richard Edgecombe is sent to Ireland with power to grant pardons; he lands at Kinsale on this date.
1782 – The Relief Act gives Catholics rights concerning their education.
1798 – United Irishmen Rebellion: Northern column remains in camp at Croghan.
1824 – Birth of Robert Nugent in Kilkeel, Co Down who would go on to become a decorated Brigadier General in the Union forces during the American Civil War.
1846 – Irish statesman, Charles Stewart Parnell, is born in Avondale, Co Wicklow.
1864 – Charles Joly, astronomer, is born in Tullamore, Co Offaly.
1870 – Eibhlín Bean Uí Choisdeailbh, Irish language folk-song collector is born.
1918 – Birth of Marie Kean in Dublin. She was an actress of stage and screen whose career spanned over 40 years. Kean’s leading role as the kindly matriarch, Mrs. Kennedy, in the RTÉ serial drama, The Kennedys of Castleross, made her famous throughout Ireland. She starred in the programme for the duration of its 18-year run.
1922 – The Four Courts garrison kidnaps Free State General J.J. O’Connell in retaliation for the arrest of Leo Henderson I/C Belfast Boycott. Collins gives a final ultimatum to the Four Courts garrison to surrender before they are attacked.
1951 – Birth of Mary Patricia McAleese in Belfast. She was the eighth President of Ireland; prior to becoming President she was a barrister, journalist and academic.
1970 – Following the arrest of Bernadette Devlin, intense riots erupted in Derry and Belfast. During the evening, loyalist paramilitaries made incursions into republican areas of Belfast. This led to a prolonged gun battle between republicans and loyalists. Seven people were killed.
1987 – U2 returns to Dublin’s Croke Park for the first time in two years.
2001 – The golden eagle lands in Ireland for the first time in nearly a century. Six chicks of the bird-of-prey arrive in Co Donegal from the Scottish Highlands at the start of a programme to re-introduce a species that became extinct in 1912.
2000 – More than 2,000 troops are flown into the north of Ireland to reinforce security ahead of the marching season.
2001 – Passing of former Labour deputy Michael Moynihan. The 84-year-old was a TD for Kerry South during the 1980s and early 1990s. He also served as a Minister of State at the Department of Trade, Commerce and Tourism.
2005 – Death of Frank Harte. He was a traditional Irish singer, song collector, architect and lecturer. He was born and raised in Dublin. His father who had moved from a farming background in Sligo owned ‘The Tap’ pub in Chapelizod.
2007 – Ireland elects its first black mayor; a Nigerian man who came to Ireland in 2000 to seek asylum. Forty-three-year-old Councillor Rotimi Adebari is elected the Mayor of Portlaoise Town Council by a vote of six to three and with the support of Fine Gael, Sinn Féin and Independent members of the council. At a meeting attended by officials from the Nigerian, South African and the United States embassies, the new mayor is quoted as saying his election was proof that “Ireland is not just a country of a thousand welcomes, but it is a country of equal opportunity.”
2009 – It was announced that the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) and Red Hand Commando (RHC) had decommissioned their weapons.
2012 – Queen Elizabeth II shook hands with Sinn Féin MLA and former IRA commander Martin McGuinness.
Image | Ballybunion Castle, one of fifteen cliff forts on the North Kerry coast | Irish Air Corps
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