Today in Irish History – 4 September:

1794 – Death of John Hely-Hutchinson, lawyer, statesman, and Provost of Trinity College, Dublin. Born at Gortroe, Mallow, son of Francis Hely, a gentleman of Co Cork, he was educated at Trinity College (BA 1744), Dublin, and was called to the Irish bar in 1748.

1798 – Cornwallis moves forward from Tuam to attack Castlebar. Humbert leaves Castlebar with 800 French troops and 1000 Irish rebels and moves into Co Sligo. His plan is to march to Ulster. Humbert marches all night. Rising takes place in Longford and Westmeath.

1844 – Conspiracy judgment against Daniel O’Connell is reversed by House of Lords.

1851 – John Dillon, Nationalist politician, is born in Blackrock, Co Dublin.

1854 – Birth of Fanny Parnell, Land League agitator and sister of Charles Stewart Parnell.

1887 – Birth of Roy William Neill on a ship off the coast of Ireland. He was a film director best known today for directing several of the Sherlock Holmes films starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, made between 1943 and 1946 and released by Universal Studios.

1922 – Dónal Foley, journalist, humorist and author of ‘Man Bites Dog’ column in the Irish Times, is born in Ring, Co Waterford.

1922 – Anti-Treaty IRA unit under Liam Pilkington takes Dromhaire barracks, Co Sligo. Free State garrison there surrenders.

1921 – Michael Collins paid a visit to Armagh on, in what the ‘Irish News’ described as, ‘his first official visit to the city’.

1922 – A civilian is shot dead by Free State troops in a raid on a shop at Capel Street, Dublin.

1922 – A National Army convoy is ambushed near Aughatubrid, Co Kerry. Two Free State soldiers are killed and two wounded. One Republican is wounded and captured.

1954 – Death of Galway born World War I air ace Thomas Falcon Hazell DSO, MC, DFC & Bar. Hazell was a fighter pilot with the Royal Flying Corps, (Royal Air Force) downing forty three enemy planes during World War I. He was one of a number of very skilled Irish born air aces of the war including Edward “Mick” Mannock and George McElroy. He was the only one of the three to survive the war and the most successful air ace to survive the war.

1976 – Women protest against men-only bathing at the Forty Foot in Sandycove, Co Dublin.

1983 – Although a version of the band still tours today, THE definitive Thin Lizzy lineup (according to the official Thin Lizzy website) plays its last concert at the Monsters Of Rock Festival in Nuremburg, Germany after which Phil Lynott leaves the band. Formed in 1969 featuring Lynott and drummer Brian Downey, the band went through various members including Gary Moore before Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson joined in the mid-70s. Their big breakthrough came with Jailbreak in 1976 featuring The Boys are Back in Town. In 1981, Thin Lizzy headlined the very first Slane festival in Ireland supported by U2 and Hazel O’Connor.

1994 – Birth of professional footballer, Kenny McEvoy, in Co Waterford. McEvoy plays as a winger and is unattached. He started his career with Tottenham Hotspur, and had loan spells at Peterborough United, Colchester United, Stevenage and York City. He joined York permanently in January 2016, before being released at the end of the 2015–16 season.

Photo: The Bull Rock, off the Coast of Dursey, Co Cork, Irish Defence Forces

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