Today in Irish History – 10 September:

1315 – Battle of Connor: Major victory for Edward the Bruce in his invasion of Ulster.

1602 – “Red” Hugh O’Donnell dies in Simancas, Spain; evidence suggests he was poisoned by an English spy.

1641 – Oliver Cromwell seizes Drogheda.

1763 – The Freeman’s Journal is founded in Dublin by Charles Lucas.

1831 – Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa is born in Rosscarbery, Co Cork.

1850 – In Thurles, it is the final day of the first canonical synod of the Irish church, summoned by Paul Cullen.

1919 – Dáil Éireann is suppressed as a ‘dangerous association’ by the British government and membership is deemed to be a crime.

1923 – The Irish Free State is admitted into the League of Nations.

1842 – Death of Waterford born William Hobson, naval officer and the first Governor of New Zealand when it was designated a separate colony of Great Britain in 1840.

1942 – Birth of singer, Danny Hutton, in Buncrana, Co Donegal. Best known as one of the three lead vocalists in the band Three Dog Night, Hutton was a songwriter and singer for Hanna Barbera Records from 1965-66. Hutton had a modest national hit, “Roses and Rainbows,” during his tenure as a recording artist for Hanna-Barbera Records. Hutton is the father of Dash Hutton, the drummer in the American rock band Haim.

1958 – Birth of Siobhan Fahey in Dunshaughlin, Co Meath. She was a founding member of the 1980s British girl group Bananarama, and later founded the musical outfit Shakespeare’s Sister.

1963 – Birth of Marian Keyes, an Irish novelist and non-fiction writer, best known for her work in women’s literature. She is an Irish Book Awards winner. Over 22 million copies of her novels have been sold worldwide and her books have been translated into 32 languages. She became known worldwide for the best-sellers, Watermelon, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, and This Charming Man, with themes including domestic violence and alcoholism.

1985 – The first heart transplant takes place in Ireland.

1987 – The third leg of the U2 Joshua Tree tour opens in New York’s Nassau Coliseum.

1998 – Students queue for food at an emergency soup kitchen and advice centre, set up in a bid to ease the impact of the stress and strain caused by one of the greatest accommodation shortages ever experienced in Dublin.

1998 – Gerry Adams and David Trimble finally come face-to-face in a historic move aimed to bring to an end decades of mistrust between the two sides.

2001 – Westport, Co Mayo wins the Tidy Towns competition.

2007 – Death of politician, Joe Sherlock. Born in Co Cork, he was a member of Sinn Féin, then of the Workers’ Party, later of Democratic Left and finally of the Labour Party, he was a Teachta Dála (TD) for Cork East from 1981 to 1982, 1987 to 1992 and 2002 to 2007.

Photo: Inchydoney Beach, Clonakilty, Co Cork, Raymond Fogarty Photography

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