Today in Irish History – 21 September:

1170 – Diarmait Mac Murchada and the Normans march on the Norse kingdom of Dublin, avoiding an Irish force that awaits them to the south of it. Dublin falls to them on this date. Some Norsemen, including the king of Dublin, Ascall mac Ragnaill, flee to the Hebrides or the Isle of Man.

1601 – A Spanish army under Don Juan del Aguila lands at Kinsale.

1703 – The first Irish parliament of Queen Anne is called; Alan Brodrick is unanimously elected Speaker.

1728 – Philip Embury, founder of the American Methodist Church, is born in Ballingrane, Co Limerick.

1745 – The Jacobites are victorious at Prestonpans.

1795 – ‘Battle of the Diamond’ between (Protestant) Peep o’ Day Boys and (Catholic) Defenders near Loughgall, Co Armagh leaves 30 Defenders dead and leads to the foundation of the Loyal Orange Institution (later the Orange Order) ‘…to defend the King and his heirs as long as they shall maintain the Protestant ascendancy’.

1827 – Michael Corcoran, Union General, is born in Ballymote, Co Sligo.

1881- Revolutionary Éamonn Ceannt, is born in Glenamaddy, Co Galway.

1909 – Artist Tom Carr is born is Belfast.

1922 – Six National Army soldiers are killed in a prolonged engagement with Republican fighters near Ballina, Co Mayo.

1922 – The Free State barracks in Drumshambo, Leitrim is attacked and one soldier is killed.

1932 – Birth of Mariga Guinness, née Princess Hermione Marie Gabrielle von Urach, Countess Württemberg; co-founder of Irish Georgian Society.

1949 – The Republic of Ireland soccer team beats England 2-0 at Goodison Park – England’s first defeat by a foreign side.

1970 – Birth of Samantha Jane Power in Dublin. She is an Irish-American academic, author and diplomat who currently serves as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations.

1980 – Kerry beat Roscommon in Croke Park during the All-Ireland Football Final by 1-9 to 1-6 thus winning the championship and a three-in-a-row.

1986 – Kerry GAA beat Tyrone GAA in Croke Park during the All-Ireland Football Final by 2-15 to 1-10 thus winning the championship and a three-in-a-row.

1999 – Delegations from the Ulster Unionist Party and Sinn Féin meet at Stormont for their first direct talks in two months.

1999 – Taoiseach Bertie Ahern pledges support for Arafat and the Palestinians.

2000 – Taoiseach Bertie Ahern condemns the missile attack on the MI6 HQ in London.

2000 – Gardaí arrest a man in connection with the bombing of Nelson’s Pillar in O’Connell Street, Dublin, in 1966.

2001 – Taoiseach Bertie Ahern announces that Ireland will put its airports, airspace, refuelling facilities and garda intelligence at the disposal of the US in the battle against terrorism.

2006 – Golfing history on Irish soil. The Ryder Cup officially opens at the K Club in Co Kildare. It is the first time golf’s premier team tournament has come to Ireland and to date, it is the biggest sporting event ever staged in the country.

Photo: Dún Eoghanachta, Aran Islands, Co Galway, #AirCamIrelandPhotography

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