#OTD in Irish History – 5 October:

1731 – Parliament meets at the new parliament house in College Green for the first time.

1857 – Birth of Peadar Toner Mac Fhionnlaoich, known as Cú Bladh (The Hound of Ulster). Born in Allt an Iarainn, Co Donegal, he was an Irish language writer during the Gaelic Revival. He wrote stories based on Irish folklore, some of the first Irish language plays, and regularly wrote articles in most of the Irish language newspapers such as An Claidheamh Soluis.

1873 – Leslie Montgomery, comic writer under the pseudonym Lynn C. Doyle, is born in Downpatrick, Co Down.

1911 – Birth of novelist and satirist, Brian O’Nolan in Dublin. Best known for his novels An Béal Bocht, At Swim-Two-Birds and The Third Policeman written under the nom de plume Flann O’Brien. He also wrote many satirical columns in the Irish Times under the name Myles na gCopaleen. He was born in Strabane, County Tyrone. His father was from County Donegal. Eamonn Morrissey recites Brian O’Nolan’s A Pint of Plain: http://youtu.be/nIrX5MfNedM

1922 – An anti-Treaty IRA officer Sean O’Donoghue is shot dead by Free State troops in Cork city, who also arrest 39 men.

1924 – John Joe Barry, athlete who is known as ‘the Ballincurry Hare’, is born in Joliet (near Chicago), Illinois. He was the eldest among four sons and a daughter of Michael Barry, gardener, from Knockview, Co Roscommon, and Mary Jo Barry (née Cashin), from The Commons, Thurles, Co Tipperary.

1938 – Frank Patterson, tenor, is born in Clonmel, Co Tipperary.

1951 – Birth of singer, songwriter, author, and political activist, Bob Geldof, in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin. He rose to prominence as the lead singer of the Irish rock band The Boomtown Rats in the late 1970s and early 1980s, alongside the punk rock movement.

1968 – Police clash with Derry civil rights marchers, giving birth to the civil rights organisation People’s Democracy.

1974 – Guildford pub bombing by the IRA leaves 5 dead and 65 injured.

1978 – Birth of Shane Ryan in Dublin. He is an Irish sportsman who plays hurling for Dublin and a former Gaelic footballer and All Star with Dublin.

2000 – With pressure growing on Trimble to withdraw from the Northern Ireland power sharing executive, parliamentary colleague William Thompson, the West Tyrone MP is quoted as saying ‘‘He is on the skids and he cannot survive’.

2000 – In one of the largest operations in the history of the State, over 150 gardaí and officers from the FBI search a warehouse and distribution center. At the centre of the investigation is a Shannon based company that is alleged to have sold counterfeit aircraft parts to aircraft maintenance and repair facilities.

2000 – Ireland’s ban on tobacco advertising stands despite the decision by the European Court of Justice to knock down an EU wide ban.

2000 – Michael Collins who wrote The Keepers of Truth and Brian O’Doherty who wrote The Deposition Of Father McGreevy are among the six authors shortlisted for Britain’s Booker Prize.

2000 – The World Windsurfing Grand Prix is held in Ireland for the first time.

2000 – Midleton Distillery in Co Cork wins the Distillery of the Year award.

2001 – Former Northern Ireland First Minister David Trimble announces plans to go to the House of Lords after failing to overturn a ruling that his ban on Sinn Féin ministers attending cross-Border meetings is illegal.

2001 – Ten thousand rail travellers are delayed when Dublin’s Heuston railway station closed because of a bomb alert.

2003 – First Sunday edition of the Star newspaper is published.

2010 – Moss Keane, one of the most loveable (and effective) lugs to play rugby for Ireland dies age 62 from cancer. The great Scottish rugby commentator Bill McClaren referred to Moss Keane in his prime: “Maurice Ignatius Keane, 18 and half stone of prime Irish beef on the hoof, I don’t know about the opposition but he frightens the living daylights out of me.” Keane won 51 caps during a 10-year Test career and toured New Zealand with the 1977 British and Irish Lions. He was also a member of the Munster team which beat the All Blacks in LImerick October 31, 1978.

2015 – Death of Fianna Fáil politician John O’Leary. He was a TD for Kerry South from 1966 until 1997, and served as a minister of state from 1977 to 1979. Fianna Fáil leader Michaél Martin said his “passing brings to an end a remarkable career defined by his love of his home county of Kerry and his commitment to public service”.

Image | Málainn Bhig (Malinbeg), Co Donegal | Fiachra Mangan Photography

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