May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future. #quote #proverb

Oíche mhaith agaibh. Goodnight from Stair na hÉireann. Photo: Down Cathedral, Downpatrick, Co Down, Captive Landscapes by Stephen Emerson Down Cathedral, illuminated in green for St Patrick’s Day, stands on the site of a Benedictine Monastery built in 1183. A stone placed in the graveyard in 1900 commemorates the fact that Patrick’s burial-place is somewhere […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 18 March:

In the old Celtic calendar, today is Sheelah’s Day. 1736 – The Irish House of Commons condemns tithe of adjustment on pasturage for dry and barren cattle. 1768 – Death of Laurence Sterne. He was an Anglo-Irish novelist and an Anglican clergyman, born in Clonmel, Co Tipperary . He is best known for his novels […]

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Today in Irish History – 17 March:

In the Liturgical calendar, today is the feast day of St. Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint. 1762 – St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in New York City for the first time (at the Crown and Thistle Tavern). 1776 – General George Washington used the password ‘St. Patrick’ as a secret code for his Colonial troops on […]

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1888 – Grace Gifford Plunkett, Irish patriot, is born in Rathmines, Dublin.

Grace Plunkett, née Gifford was a cartoonist, caricaturist and illustrator who was active in the Republican movement. Her marriage to Joseph Plunkett, one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising, a few hours before he was executed, is the subject of a popular Republican song, “Grace”, written by Frank and Sean O’Meara in 1985. She […]

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1943 – Thirty-six people die in a fire at St. Joseph’s Orphanage, Co Cavan.

Thirty-five children and one adult die in a Cavan orphanage fire at St. Joseph’s Orphanage Industrial School run by the enclosed order of Poor Clare nuns. Many of the children were orphans, others were committed either because they were born out of wedlock or as in the case of two unfortunates allegedly committed because the […]

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