1592 – A charter incorporates the College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, near Dublin, later to become known as Trinity College.
1766 – Four pirates were found guilty in Dublin of murdering on the high seas Captain Cochrane, Captain Glass and others, and of plundering and scuttling the Lord Sandwich; they were executed in St Stephen’s Green and later hanged in chains near the Liffey, as a warning to any other pirates; complaints from the public led to the removal of the corpses to Dalkey Island.
1831 – In the ‘tithe war’, 120 police move in to Graiguenamanagh to seize cattle in payment of the tithe from a Roman Catholic priest. The priest had taken ownership of the animals to enable the members of his parish to refuse to pay ‘tithes’. This incident is reported to be the first of many over the next few years, with more violent and brutal conflicts to follow.
1918 – Birth of ‘the voice of horse racing’, Sir Peter O’Sullevan, in Co Kerry.
1919 – Éamon de Valera escapes from Lincoln Jail. The New York Times debunks some of the myths surrounding Éamon de Valera’s escape: http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9C0DE5D71E3BE03ABC4B53DFB5668382609EDE
1920 – Frank Shawe-Taylor, land agent, was shot dead near Athenry, Co Galway.
1922 – IRA shot dead two RIC constables in Co Tipperary.
1923 – The body of a National Army sergeant, Thomas McGrath, is found near, Clonmel, Tipperary. Killed by four gunshots. He is reported to the fourth soldier assassinated in the area within a month.
1952 – Birth of comedian, actor and former schoolteacher, Dermot Morgan, in Dublin. He achieved international renown as Father Ted Crilly in the Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted. A chair was erected in memory of Dermot Morgan in Merrion Square, Dublin.
1954 – Birth of Ollie Campbell, rugby player, in Dublin.
1957 – Birth of Volunteer, Mairéad Farrell, in Belfast.
1968 – Pat McGeegan, father of boxing great and featherweight world champion, Barry McGuigan, wins the national competition to represent Ireland in the Eurovision song contest. At the time, the Eurovision song contest was a social phenomenon guaranteeing the Irish representative fame and fortune in the Emerald Isle. ‘Chance of a Lifetime’: https://youtu.be/aNX-CJuC7SY
1969 – The Cameron commission was established to consider the reasons for the unrest in Derry.
1976 – ‘Maguire Seven’ Convicted The trial of members of the Maguire family, known as the ‘Maguire Seven’, ended at the Old Bailey in London. They had been arrested on 3 December 1974. All seven defendants were found guilty of possession of explosives (although none were found). Their case was linked to that of the ‘Guildford Four’ who were found guilty at the Old Bailey on 22 October 1975 of causing explosions on 5 October 1974.) Anne Maguire was sentenced to 14 years; Patrick (Paddy) Maguire 14 years; Sean Smyth 14 years; Giuseppe Conlon 14 years; Pat O’Neill 12 years; Vincent Maguire (aged 16) 5 years; and Patrick Jnr. (aged 13) 4 years.
1977 – Brian Faulkner died in a riding accident during a hunt. Faulkner had been Prime Minister of Northern Ireland in 1971 to 1972 and had been Chief Executive in the power-sharing Executive of 1974.
1977 – Birth of Ronan Keating of Boyzone, in Dublin.
1981 – Bobby Sands recorded his diary for the first seventeen days of his hunger strike in which he detailed his thoughts and feelings on the momentous task that lay ahead of him. In order to secure his status as Irish political prisoner he was willing to fast til death, an event that would earn him a place in the annals of Irish history and in the hearts and minds of Irish republicans world wide. See Bobby Sands Trust for today’s recording: http://www.bobbysandstrust.com/writings/prison-diary
1981 – Humphrey Atkins, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, made a statement in the House of Commons in which he said that there would be no political status for prisoners regardless of the hunger strike.
1986 – There was a widespread general strike, or ‘Day of Action’, in Northern Ireland in support of Unionist demands for the ending of the Anglo-Irish Agreement (AIA). Most aspects of life across the region were disrupted as factories and shops closed. Public transport including air travel was also affected.
1989 – Michael Stone, the Loyalist gunman responsible for killing three mourners at Milltown Cemetery on 16 March 1988, was sentenced to prison for 30 years. Stone was released in 2000 under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.
1991 – Cappagh killings: three PIRA volunteers and a Catholic civilian were shot dead by the UVF at Boyle’s Bar in Cappagh, Co Tyrone. The volunteers arrived in a car as a UVF gang was about to attack the pub. The UVF fired at the car (killing the volunteers) then fired into the pub (killing the civilian). According to nationalist sources, UVF Mid-Ulster Brigade commander Billy Wright was involved.
1997 – A bomb was found outside the office of Sinn Féin in Co Monaghan. The bomb, which contained two and a half kilos of Powergel (a commercial explosive), was defused by members of the Irish Army. There was no claim of responsibility, but the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) was believed to be behind the attack.
1998 – Jacques Santer, President of the European Commission, announced that there would be an extra £88 million of funding for urban and rural regeneration in Northern Ireland. The announcement was welcomed by most political parties with the exception of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) who expressed concern at how the money would be spent.
1998 – Two lifelong friends Damian Traynor (26), a Catholic civilian, and Philip Allen (34), a Protestant civilian, were shot dead and two other men injured by Loyalist paramilitaries in the Railway Bar in Poyntzpass, Co Armagh.
2000 – The hearing of the longest ever action in the High Court ends after a total of 281 days spread over a number of law terms since its 1997 opening.
2002 – The Government has again refused to bail out RTÉ after a new consultants’ report concludes that the national broadcaster will run out of cash by next year.
2002 – It is anticipated that by 2035, total forestry production in Ireland will be €1.7 billion.
2003 – According to a survey by the Dublin Institute of Technology’s Tourism Research Centre, the US is the most desirable destination for Irish tourists. In second place is South Africa, while Italy is the favourite continental destination.
2003 – Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and British Prime Minister Tony Blair conduct talks at Hillsborough Castle in the latest bid to restore devolution and secure the Provisionals’ disarmament.
2003 – Ambulance workers in Kilkenny abandon their fleets (responding to 999 calls only) in protest over changes in their working terms which they say are being enforced by their health board.
2013 – Death of triathlete and then bicyclist, Junior Heffernan. Heffernan represented Ireland in international competitions both at the World and European championship levels in the triathlon from 2007 until 2009 when a hip injury sent him in the direction of bicycling. Prior to his setback he was widely considered to have been Ireland’s most promising triathlete. As a bicyclist Heffernan competed for the Herbalife Leisure Lakes Team. Heffernan was fatally injured in a collision during the Seven Bridges Road race near Olveston in Gloucestershire, England.
Photo: Achill Island, Co Mayo, George Karbus Photography
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