#OTD in 1649 – Oliver Cromwell sets sail for Ireland and the commencement of one the most vicious military campaigns inflicted on Ireland.

On his arrival, he was received with all possible demonstrations of joy; the great guns echoing forth their welcome, and the acclamations of the people resounding in every street. Cromwell came into the city — where the concourse of people was very great, they were all flocking to see him of whom they had heard so much — at a convenient place he made a stand, and with his hat in his hand, made a speech to them, which was entertained with great applause. Cromwell was received so favourably because Dublin was the second city of the English empire

It is right to note that Catholics were not then permitted to reside in the city as Colonel Jones had expelled all them from the city.

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