Today in Irish History – 28 August:

1710 – A board of trustees for linen manufacture is established.

1788 – Sir Aubrey de Vere, poet, is born in Adare, Co Limerick.

1788 – James Digges La Touche, banker and philanthropist, is born in Dublin.

1798 – Cornwallis reaches Athlone; Humbert entrenches in Castlebar.

1814 – Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, novelist and journalist, is born in Dublin.

1815 – Mary Letitia Martin, ‘Princess of Connemara,’ novelist, philanthropist and daughter of ‘Humanity Dick’ Martin is born in Ballynahinch Castle, Co Galway.

1848 – Francis O’Neill, The Police Chief Who Saved Irish Music is born near Bantry, Co Cork. After emigrating to the United States, he joined the Chicago police force in 1873, eventually serving as Chief of Police from 1901-1905.

1860 – Napier’s and Deasy’s Land Acts are passed.

1872 – The first horse drawn tram cars enter service in Belfast.

1877 – Charles Stewart Parnell becomes president of Home Rule Confederation.

1896 – Birth of Liam O’Flaherty. Born in Inis Mór, Aran Islands, Co Galway, O’Flaherty was a novelist, short story writer and a major figure in the Irish literary renaissance.

1919 – Amount of national loan issued reaches £250,000.

1919 – Attack on military raiding party in Deansgrange, south Dublin.

1922 – Michael Collins is buried in Glasnevin Cemetary Dublin. The seven mile journey from Dublin’s pro-cathedral to the Big Fella’s final resting place was lined with (the New York Times reported) half a million mourners, many of whom, would have differed with him on his Treaty vote.

1929 – “Health And Efficiency” becomes the very first publication banned by the Irish Free State.

1975 – Willie John McBride retires from international rugby.

1979 – An IRA bomb explodes on the Grote Markt in Brussels.

1992 – The PIRA’s “South Armagh snipers” undertook their first successful operation, when a British Army soldier was shot dead on patrol in Crossmaglen, Co Armagh.

1998 – The Real IRA and the 32 County Sovereignty Committee are to be placed on an international terrorist list by the US Government. An FBI clampdown on American supporters of both groups is also planned.

1998 – The Northern Ireland Assembly heads for its first major crisis after a confidential document discloses that senior Ulster Unionists warned the British government they could no longer endorse the Good Friday agreement.

1998 – One of the largest passing-out parades for the Defence Forces in recent years takes place; 86 recruits receive their two-star private rating at a ceremony in Gormanston Army Camp, Co Meath.

2000 – Finance Minister Charlie McCreevy faces calls for his resignation as former judge Hugh O’Flaherty withdraws his controversial nomination for vice-presidency of the European Investment Bank.

Photo: Rock of Cashel, Cashel, Co Tipperary, Robert Navarette Photography

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