#OTD in Irish History – 28 August:

1710 – A board of trustees for linen manufacture is established.

1788 – Birth of poet, Sir Aubrey de Vere, in Adare, Co Limerick.

1788 – Birth of banker and philanthropist, James Digges La Touche, in Dublin.

1798 – Cornwallis reaches Athlone; Humbert entrenches in Castlebar.

1814 – Birth of novelist and journalist, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, in Dublin.

1815 – Mary Letitia Martin, ‘Princess of Connemara,’ novelist, philanthropist and daughter of ‘Humanity Dick’ Martin is born in Ballynahinch Castle, Co Galway.

1848 – Francis O’Neill, The Police Chief Who Saved Irish Music is born near Bantry, Co Cork. After emigrating to the United States, he joined the Chicago police force in 1873, eventually serving as Chief of Police from 1901-1905.

1860 – Napier’s and Deasy’s Land Acts are passed.

1872 – The first horse drawn tram cars enter service in Belfast.

1877 – Charles Stewart Parnell becomes president of Home Rule Confederation.

1896 – Birth of Liam O’Flaherty in Inis Mór, Aran Islands, Co Galway. O’Flaherty was a novelist, short story writer and a major figure in the Irish literary renaissance.

1919 – Amount of national loan issued reaches £250,000.

1919 – Attack on military raiding party in Deansgrange, south Dublin.

1922 – Michael Collins is buried in Glasnevin Cemetary Dublin. The seven mile journey from Dublin’s pro-cathedral to the Big Fella’s final resting place was lined with (the New York Times reported) half a million mourners, many of whom, would have differed with him on the Treaty. https://youtu.be/T6QX2paFZxc

1929 – “Health And Efficiency” becomes the very first publication banned by the Irish Free State.

1941 – Birth of contemporary conceptual artist and painter, Michael Craig-Martin, in Dublin.

1975 – Willie John McBride retires from international rugby.

1975 – The IRA planted a time bomb in Oxford Street, London. The bomb had been booby-trapped and was designed to kill anyone trying to defuse it. The bomb was not discovered and exploded without causing any injuries.

1976 – The Peace People organised a rally which was attended by approximately 25,000 people. Those taking part in the rally walked from the Shankill Road to Woodvale Park.

1979 – An IRA bomb explodes on the Grote Markt in Brussels.

1982 – The RUC found one and a half tons of commercial explosive hidden in a lorry near Banbridge, Co Down. The Garda Síochána found 10,000 rounds of ammunition and commercial explosives at Glencree, Co Wicklow.

1983 – Ken Livingstone, leader of the Greater London Council (GLC), said that Britain’s treatment of the Irish over the past 800 years had been worse than Hitler’s treatment of the Jews.

1986 – Mervyn Bell (22), a Protestant civilian, was shot dead by the IRA on the Strand Road in Derry. Bell had been working as a contractor to the RUC. This killing followed threats made by the IRA on 28 July 1986 and on 27 August 1986.

1992 – The PIRA’s “South Armagh snipers” undertook their first successful operation, when a British Army soldier was shot dead on patrol in Crossmaglen, Co Armagh.

1998 – The Real IRA and the 32 County Sovereignty Committee are to be placed on an international terrorist list by the US Government. An FBI clampdown on American supporters of both groups is also planned.

1998 – The Northern Ireland Assembly heads for its first major crisis after a confidential document discloses that senior Ulster Unionists warned the British government they could no longer endorse the Good Friday agreement.

1998 – One of the largest passing-out parades for the Defence Forces in recent years takes place; 86 recruits receive their two-star private rating at a ceremony in Gormanston Army Camp, Co Meath.

2000 – Finance Minister, Charlie McCreevy, faces calls for his resignation as former judge Hugh O’Flaherty withdraws his controversial nomination for vice-presidency of the European Investment Bank.

2017 – Death of Kilkenny rugby player, William Duggan.

Photo: Rock of Cashel, Cashel, Co Tipperary

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