Today in Irish History – 30 September:

1430 – A great council meets at Dublin on this date; it states that Irish enemies and English rebels have conquered almost all of Limerick, Tipperary, Kilkenny, Wexford, Carlow, Kildare, Meath and Louth, so that hardly anything but Dublin remains in the colony.

1598 – The English poet Edmund Spenser is appointed Sheriff of Cork.

1691 – The first recorded meeting of the Presbyterian general synod of Ulster is held at Antrim.

1852 – Sir Charles Stanford, composer, music teacher, and conductor, is born to a well-off and highly musical family in Dublin.

1900 – Arthur Griffith forms Cumann na nGaedheal, which later becomes Sinn Féin.

1942 – In the house of Commons, Winston Churchill responded to parliamentary queries about “Armed raids from Eire” into Northern Ireland.

1943 – Ray Burke, Fianna Fáil TD, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister for Justice is born. Once one of the most powerful and domineering political forces in Ireland, Burke was forced to resign from his role as Foreign Affairs minister amidst claims of bribery and corruption from builders and developers. The government instituted Flood tribunal found that the former minister received corrupt payments from property developers and other business interests in the 1970s and 80s. In 2004, he pleaded guilty to tax evasion and was subsequently sentenced to six months in jail.

1943 – The US Navy commissions the destroyer The Sullivans. The ship commemorated the tragic five Sullivan brothers who were killed November 13 1942 after their ship USS Juneau was hit by a Japanese torpedo at the Battle of Guadalcanal. Only 10 of the almost 700 crew survived. The Sullivan brothers were descendants of an Irish immigrant.

1949 – Birth of Finance Minister, Charlie McGreevy.

1959 – World premiere of the Sean O’riaqa’s film Mise Éire, at Cork Film Festival.

1981 – Birth of novelist, Cecelia Ahern, in Dublin. She has published several novels and contributed a number of short stories to various anthologies. Ahern also created and produced the ABC comedy Samantha Who? starring Christina Applegate. She is a face of Littlewoods Ireland.

1994 – Michael Flannery, Irish patriot, dies in New York City. The fight of the Irish against the British was the great theme of Mr. Flannery’s life. As a boy of 14 in Ireland, he joined the Irish Volunteers and learned to fire a machine gun behind a monastery cloister. In 1970, after 43 years in the United States, he was one of the founders of the Irish Northern Aid Committee, which says it is a charitable organisation for the children of British political prisoners. Both the British and United States Governments have said it is an arms-smuggling organisation.

1997 – U2 performs in Tel Aviv, Israel for the first time.

1998 – Northern Secretary Mo Mowlam holds out the prospect of troops being removed permanently from the streets of the North if paramilitary groups hand in their weapons.

1998 – Gerry Adams warns there must be no slippage in full implementation of the Good Friday settlement.

1998 – The first appearance together of David Trimble and Séamus Mallon on a Labour platform draws an enormous and spontaneous ovation from the 3,000 delegates attending the party conference in Blackpool.

1999 – The Rev. Ian Paisley meets with Taoiseach Bertie Ahern on the question of arson attacks on churches in the border area.

2001 – Ireland assumes presidency of the United Nation’s Security Council.

2001 – Thousands of Irish, New Yorkers and Irish-Americans pay tribute to the many Irish people who died in the terrorist attacks. Bishop John Buckley of Cork celebrated the mass with the Bishop of Killaloe at the Roman Catholic Holy Trinity church in Manhattan.

2013 – Death of hurler, Michael (Micky) Walsh. Micky won a Kilkenny Senior Championship medal with Slieverue in 1954. He was a member of the 1957 Kilkenny team that won the All Ireland that year against Waterford and was also on the team defeated by Waterford in 1959. Micky subsequently moved to Waterford and played club hurling with Mount Sion. He was on the Waterford Senior side defeated by Kilkenny in the 1963 Final.

Photo: Carrickfergus Castle, Carrickfergus, Co Antrim

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