#OTD in 1895 – Death of Young Irelander, Author and Poet, Denny Lane.

Denny Lane, one of the most popular of the Young Ireland leaders, and the writer of the two well-known poems, ‘Kate of Araglen’ and ‘Carraigdhoun’ (or ‘Lament of the Irish Maiden’). Although a Catholic, he graduated from the mainly Protestant Trinity College, Dublin, where he joined the College Historical Society, became a friend of Charles […]

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#OTD in 1901 – Death of Revolutionary, Author and Journalist, Thomas Clarke Luby.

Thomas Clarke Luby was born in Dublin on 16 January 1822.  His was the son of the Reverend James Luby a Protestant clergyman  and a nephew of Dr. Thomas Luby a Senior Fellow and Dean of Trinity College in Dublin.  At age 18 he graduated from Trinity and afterwards studied law at the Temple in […]

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#OTD in 1641 – The Battle of Julianstown | Rory O’More defeated government troops marching to raise the siege of Drogheda.

The Battle of Julianstown was fought during the Irish Rebellion of 1641, at Julianstown near Drogheda, Co Louth in November 1641. The prelude to the planned Siege of Drogheda 1641 by northern counties insurgents led by Sir Phelim O’Neil and supporters from Cavan and Monaghan to lay siege to the strategic garrison, grain store and […]

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#OTD in 1863 – Foundation of the Fenian newspaper, “Irish People” | John O’Leary is the editor.

In mid 1863, James Stephens informed his colleagues he wished to start a newspaper, with financial aid from John O’Mahony and the Fenian Brotherhood in America. The offices were established at 12 Parliament Street, almost at the gates of Dublin Castle. The first edition of the Irish People appeared on 28 November 1863. The staff […]

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#OTD in Irish History | 28 November:

1727 – William Connolly is unanimously re-elected Speaker of the Irish House of Commons. 1848 – ‘Saturday Review’ Racist Anti-Irish Rant. As Ireland haemorrhaged population via starvation and emigration, it received little support from elements of the English press. 1856 – Birth of Cardinal Patrick O’Donnell near Glenties, Co Donegal. 1863 – Foundation of the […]

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#OTD in 784 – Fergal, the Geometer, Irish educator, dies in Salzburg.

Fergal served as Abbot of Aghaboe, Bishop of Ossory and later, Bishop of Salzburg. He was called ‘the Apostle of Carinthia’ and ‘The Geometer’. He originated from a noble family of Ireland, where his name was Feirgil, and is said to have been a descendant of Niall of the Nine Hostages. Feirgil was probably educated at the […]

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#OTD in 1906 – Death of Michael Cusack, Founder of the GAA.

Cusack was an Irish teacher and founder of the Gaelic Athletic Association. A romantic nationalist, who was associated with the Fenian movement. He was active in the Gaelic revival: a member of the Society for the Preservation of the Irish Language which was founded in 1876, and later the Gaelic League who in 1879 broke […]

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