#OTD in Irish History – 7 October:

1731 – A complaint is made to the House of Commons ‘that Mr Anthony Tenison did, in a violent and notorious manner, assault John Bourke, Esq., a Member of this House, by presenting a pistol to his breast, and threatening to shoot him, on the thirtieth of December last’.

1878 – Birth of Irish women’s rights activist, Margaret (Gretta) Cousins, in Boyle, Co Roscommon.

1910 – Premiere of Percy French’s play, The Immigrant’s Letter.

1913 – Irish American, Henry Ford, institutes the first moving assembly line for the auto industry. Henry Ford’s father William Ford was born in County Cork and was one of many to emigrate from Ireland due to poverty and hunger. Ford visited Ireland in 1912, 65 years after his dad had emigrated and again in 1917 when he established the Ford plant in Cork city.

1919 – A cabinet committee is appointed to consider Irish self-government.

1935 – Birth of Thomas Keneally, Irish-Australian author of Schindler’s List which was originally called Schindler’s Ark.

1997 – Dáil resolution passed setting up The Mahon Tribunal to investigate certain Planning Matters.

1998 – The Bank of Ireland announces an unprecedented 20-year fixed rate of 6·99% within the first of a wave of interest cuts that will bring Irish rates into line with Europe for the introduction of the euro on 1 January.

1999 – The Corrs and The Divine Comedy emerge as Ireland’s favourite music stars winning three awards each at the Hot Press Rock Awards in Dublin. U2’s “Sweetest Thing” wins for “Best Single”; Westlife picks up the prize for best Irish pop act; and Robbie Williams’s sell out concert at The Point Theatre, Dublin, wins him best live performance by an international act.

1999 – Ireland moves a step closer to raising the recruitment age of the armed forces from 16 to 18.

1999 – Aiming to raise awareness of world poverty, The Corrs and chartered accountants KPMG jointly launch the NetAid website.

2000 – The tenants of a Dublin inner city community refuse to leave their houses after being evicted. The tenants of 28 cottages (almost all single mothers) block access to their homes when they go up for viewing to prospective buyers.

2001 – The 46th Murphy’s Cork Film Festival opens with a showing of Disco Pigs which was partly filmed in the city.

2002 – Police in Northern Ireland are attacked with bottles and other missiles after a crowd of youths go on the rampage through Kilkeel, Co Down.

2002 – The peace process faces its gravest crisis with the announcement that Ian Paisley’s DUP two ministers will withdraw from the government.

2002 – A man is shot and critically wounded in east Belfast in what is believed to be an escalation of a bitter feud between the Loyalist paramilitary groups, the UDA and UVF.

2017 – While on a 16 day State visit to Australia, President Michael D. Higgins visited Fremantle Prison near Perth, Australia, where 62 Irish prisoners were held for their part in the Fenian Rising of 1867. In 1876, six Irish Fenian prisoners escaped on what is known as ‘The Catalpa Rescue’ from what was then the British penal colony of Western Australia. Accompanied by his wife Sabina, his programme of events run from 7th to 23rd October. The Australian visit is the first State visit by an Irish president since Mary McAleese travelled there in 1998.

Photo: Irish Light, Photography by John Barclay

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