Asenath Nicholson

Jerry Mulvihill | “It was an honor today to see the headstone I commissioned for Asenath Nicholson in its final setting in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York. Asenath traveled to Ireland on the cusp of the Great Hunger and spent years keeping diaries of the malevolent going’s on of the time. She Saved countless lives, […]

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#OTD in 1946 – Birth of film and stage actor, Stephen Rea (born Graham Rea) in Belfast.

Stephen Rea has appeared in films such as V for Vendetta, The Butcher Boy, This Is My Father, Evelyn, Michael Collins, Interview with the Vampire, Breakfast on Pluto and Black 47. Rea was nominated for an Academy Award for his lead performance as Fergus in the 1992 film The Crying Game. He has had important […]

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#OTD in 1920 – Funeral of Lord Mayor of Cork, Terence MacSwiney.

Following the murder of his friend and predecessor Tomás Mac Curtain by the Royal Irish Constabulary, MacSwiney was elected to Lord Mayor in March 1920 as the War of Independence raged. On 12th August, the British forces arrested MacSwiney in Cork for possession of ‘seditious articles and documents’, and for the possession of a cipher […]

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Róisín Dubh (Black Rose) by Phil Lynott

The song was inspired by Phil Lynott’s fascination with Irish history and Celtic mythology, and ironically was to become his epitaph. Go dtuga Dia suaimhneas da anam. ‘Róisín Dubh (Black Rose)’Phil Lynott Tell me the legends of long agoWhen the kings and queens would danceIn the realm of the Black RosePlay me the melodies I […]

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#OTD in 1920 – The Siege of Tralee | Ten people die in a day and night of violence in Co Kerry.

“When the hills were bleedin’ And the rifles were aflame To the rebel homes of Kerry, The Saxon strangers came, But the men who dared the Auxies And fought the Black and Tan Were the Boys of Barr na Sráide Who hunted for the wren.” Two RIC constables were shot dead in Abbeydorney by IRA […]

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#OTD in 1930 – Birth of actor, Richard Harris, in Limerick.

Actor Richard Harris was born in Limerick city on this date. Harris’ career scored rave reviews (and another Oscar nomination) for The Field (1990). He then locked horns with Harrison Ford as an IRA sympathiser in Patriot Games (1992) and got one of his best roles as gunfighter English Bob in the Clint Eastwood western […]

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#OTD in 1911 – Statue of Charles Stewart Parnell is unveiled in Dublin.

Charles Stewart Parnell was one of the most significant political figures in Ireland during the second half of the 19th century. As leader of the Home Rule Party, he made a notable contribution to the progress towards national self-determination and he also played an important role in the Land War in post-Greater Hunger Ireland. His […]

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#OTD in Irish History | 1 October (Deireadh Fómhair):

1600 – Robert Grave, Church of Ireland Bishop of Ferns and Leighlin, and his family drown in Dublin Bay on their way home to Wexford. 1796 – The Royal College of St Patrick, a Catholic seminary, is opened in Maynooth, Co Kildare. 1751 – Cornelius Bolton, politician, Volunteer and improving landlord is born. 1761 – […]

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#OTD in 1918 – Hundreds of people visited the grave of Thomas Ashe in Glasnevin Cemetery on the first anniversary of his burial.

Thomas Ashe died in 1917 after being force-fed while on hunger strike in prison. The occasion was marked with the celebration of a Requiem Mass in the Church of St Mary of the Angels, Church Street, followed by a pilgrimage to the grave of the deceased patriot. The attendance included members of Mr Ashe’s close […]

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