#OTD in Irish History | 6 November:

Feast of All the Saints of Ireland.

1649 – Death of Owen Roe O’Neill.

1812 – Charles Graves, bishop and mathematician, is born in Dublin.

1885 – Birth of Martin O’Meara, VC at Terryglass, Lorrha, Co Tipperary. He was an Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. He spent his early years in Tipperary and by 1911 had moved to Kilkenny where he was working as a wood-cutter.

1887 – Birth at sea of Edward McLysaght, genealogist and writer.

1887 – The Celtic Football Club was formally constituted at a meeting in St. Mary’s church hall in East Rose Street (now Forbes Street), Calton, Glasgow, by Irish Marist Brother Walfrid of Co Sligo, with the purpose of alleviating poverty in the East End of Glasgow by raising money for the charity Walfrid had instituted, the Poor Children’s Dinner Table. Walfrid’s move to establish the club as a means of fund-raising was largely inspired by the example of Hibernian who were formed out of the immigrant Irish population a few years earlier in Edinburgh.

1920 – Auxiliaries Section Leader Lt L. Mitchell and Tem. Cadet Lt. B.V.A. Agnew attached to Company “C” A.D.R.I.C at Macroom coming back from a 24 hour pass to Cork City are captured at Emmet Place by IRA court-martialled and executed.

1922 – Republicans attack the National Army barracks at Glanmire, Co Cork. One civilian is wounded in the crossfire.

1922 – A prisoner, Michael Buckley, is shot dead in Limerick Prison by National Army troops for ‘signalling to political prisoners.’

1929 – The Gaelic League announces expulsion for anyone who attends ‘foreign jazz dances’.

1940 – Former footballer, manager and pundit, Johnny Giles, is born in Dublin. Giles served as the senior analyst on RTÉ Sport’s coverage of association football from 1986 until 2016.

1948 – The first ball-point “Biro” pen goes on sale in Dublin.

1951 – Death of athlete and gold medal winner, Tom Kiely. Kiely was from Ballyneale, just outside Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary. He achieved his gold in 1904 becoming the first multi-event track champion in the Modern Olympic Games. All ten events were held on the same day.

1957 – Birth of television and stage actress, Siobhán Mary Ann McCarthy. She is married to theatrical sound designer Andrew Bruce, and resides in London with her husband and two children, Kieran and Juliet. She is perhaps best known for her role as Roisin Connor in ITV1’s Prison drama Bad Girls.

1974 – A proscenium ceiling collapses at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin.

1977 – A group of Republicans tunneled into the concrete under the cover of darkness and retrieved Frank Stagg’s body to be re-buried with respect to his final wish, beside his fellow hunger striker and friend, Michael Gaughan, in the Republican plot in Leigue Cemetery, Ballina, Co Mayo.

1981 – Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher held talks in London. As a result of the meeting it was decided to establish the Anglo-Irish Inter-Governmental Council which would act as a forum for meetings between the two governments.

1984 – New measures were announced to try and combat the problem of impersonation during Northern Ireland elections. The local phrase of “vote early, vote often” was a reflection of the belief that there was a widespread problem even if it could not be quantified.

1990 – Cahal Daly was announced as the new Catholic Primate of All Ireland.

1991 – Plans for public expenditure in Northern Ireland for the year 1992 to 1993 were published. Total expenditure was estimated at £7,030 million, which represented an increase of 8.4 per cent on the previous year.

1993 – Gerry Adams, President of Sinn Féin, was involved in a car accident near Dundalk, Co Louth and received hospital treatment for minor injuries.

1998 – Jobless level reaches a 14-year low.

2000 – High winds and torrential rain continue in much of the East, South and South West causing widespread flooding, power outages and major disruptions in public and private transportation services.

2001 – Finance Minister Charlie McCreevy admits there is no end in sight to the downturn as the economy suffers a further jobs blow.

2002 – Thousands of people, including 600 seriously ill children, face disappointment as the Winter Wonderland project in the Curragh is cancelled.

2002 – Green Party TDs chain themselves to trees in Dublin’s O’Connell Street in a last-ditch attempt to save landmarks from the axe.

2003 – Death of writer and historian Risteard Ó Glaisne in Dublin. He was the author of biographies of two former Presidents, Douglas Hyde and Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh.

2005 – At a historic ceremony in memory of Irish and British soldiers killed at the Battle of Messines in 1917, the Tricolour of the Republic and the Union Jack are flown alongside one another at the war memorial in the Diamond of Derry City.

2010 – Three PSNI officers were injured after a grenade was thrown at them on Shaw’s Road, Belfast. Óglaigh na hÉireann claimed responsibility.

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