Today in Irish History – 18 September:

1830 – Sir Frederick Matthew Darley is born in Co Wicklow to an eminent Irish legal family. He was called to the Bar at the King’s Inn in 1853. Although he had a relatively successful career, he opted to emigrate to Australia in 1862 where he would go on to become the sixth Chief Justice of New South Wales, an eminent barrister, a member of the New South Wales Parliament, a Lieutenant Governor of New South Wales, and a member of the British Privy Council.

1846 – James Standish O’Grady, novelist, is born in Castletownbere, Co Cork.

1867 – The Escape that Sparked the Manchester Martyrs: Thomas Kelly and Timothy Deasy are rescued in a Fenian attack on a police van in Manchester during which a police sergeant is shot dead.

1889 – Kathleen Behan, née Kearney, ‘Mother of All the Behans’ and folk singer is born in Dublin.

1898 – Fashoda Incident: Lord Kitchener’s ships reach Fashoda, Sudan.

1911 – Brinsley Le Poer Trench, 8th Earl of Clancarty, Irish ufologist and politician.

1914 – The Home Rule Act becomes law, but is delayed until after World War I.

1922 – Three National Army troops are killed in an ambush near Nenagh, Co Tipperary as they were about to enter a Church for Mass.

1936 – Birth of Tom McBride, also known as Big Tom in Castleblayney, Co Monaghan. He is a country music singer, guitarist, and saxophone player. Established since 1966, he is currently front man of the Irish showband Big Tom and The Mainliners. He is affectionately known as ‘Ireland’s king of country music’.

1941 – Seán McCaughey is convicted of kidnapping Stephen Hayes, a former IRA chief of staff, on 30 June. Stephen Hayes claims to have been ‘court martialled’ and tortured by the IRA.

1964 – Death of dramatist and memoirist, Sean O’Casey, in England. A committed socialist, he was the first Irish playwright of note to write about the Dublin working classes.

2004 – Northern Ireland’s rival Protestant and Catholic parties are being left to find common ground on their own, after three days of intensive high-level talks failed to come up with a deal to revive power-sharing government in the province.

2013 – Hundreds of hard-line protesters opposed to ongoing austerity measures clashed with gardaí in Dublin.

Photo: Mussenden Temple, Co Derry, De-aRt Photography

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