#OTD in 1803 – Execution of Thomas Paliser Russell in Downpatrick for ‘high treason’.

Born in Dromahane, Co Cork to an Anglican family, Thomas Russell joined the British army in 1783 and served in India. He returned to Ireland in 1786 and commenced studies in science, philosophy and politics. in July 1790 he met Theobald Wolfe Tone in the visitor’s gallery in the Irish House of Commons and they […]

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#OTD in 1763 – Birth of United Irish leader, Lord Edward Fitzgerald, at Carton House, Co Kildare.

FitzGerald was one of the leading instigators of the 1798 Rebellion. Like many of his rebel colleagues, he came from a privileged background. He was the son of the Duke of Leinster and fought with the British army in the American Revolutionary War. He was seriously wounded at the Battle of Eutaw Springs on 8 […]

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#OTD in 1798 – French fleet intercepted off Donegal and Wolfe Tone is captured when the Hoche strikes its colours.

“To unite Protestant, Catholic and Dissenter under the common name of Irishmen in order break the connection with England, the never-failing source of all our political evils, that was my aim”.” –Theobald Wolfe Tone Theobald Wolfe Tone was one of the founders of the United Irishmen. In efforts to free Ireland from English rule, he […]

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#OTD in Irish History | 29 September:

Old Michaelmas Day – Celtic holiday. According to an old legend, blackberries should not be picked after this date. This is because, so folklore goes, Satan was banished from Heaven on this day, fell into a blackberry bush and cursed the brambles as he fell into them. Michaelmas, the Feast of St Michael the Archangel […]

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#OTD in 1798 – United Irishman, Bartholomew Teeling, is hanged in Dublin.

Captain Bartholomew Teeling was born in 1774 in Lisburn, Co Antrim. He was a leader of the Irish forces during the Irish Rebellion of 1798 and carried out an act of bravery during the Battle of Collooney. Following his capture at the Battle of Ballinamuck where an Irish-French army under General Humbert was defeated by […]

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#OTD in Irish History | 24 September:

1661 – Faithful Tadpole is admitted as a clerical vicar choral of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. 1786 – Birth of Irish passenger-car entrepreneur, Charles Bianconi, in Costa Masnaga, Italy. 1798 – United Irishman, Bartholomew Teeling, is hanged in Dublin. 1801 – James Moore O’Donell, former MP for Ratoath, is killed in a duel with Major […]

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#OTD in Irish History | 22 September:

1601 – Battle of Kinsale. 1626 – Charles I offers twenty-six concessions (“graces”) to the Irish in return for subsidies to expand his army. 1798 – Colonel Trench marches from Castlebar and takes Ballina. 1821 – Birth of Confederate General, Patrick Moore, in Galway. 1864 – Col. James Mulligan, who commanded “Mulligan’s Irish Brigade,” dies […]

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#OTD in Irish History | 17 September:

1711 – John Holwell, surgeon and survivor of ‘Black Hole of Calcutta’ is born in Dublin. 1798 – 3,000 French troops depart for Ireland from Brest. 1862 – The Irish Brigade suffered over 60% casualties at the Battle of Antietam at an area that came to be known as Bloody Lane. Over 500 Irish Brigade […]

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#OTD in Irish History | 16 September:

1732 – Birth in Castletown, Co Clare of Thomas O’Gorman, physician, wine trader and courtier in France; made a chevalier by Louis XV. 1798 – United Irishmen Rebellion: Small French force under James Napper Tandy makes brief landing on Rutland Island, Co Donegal. 1798 – Belfast United Irish leaders arrested. 1808 – William Trench, land […]

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#OTD in Irish History | 12 September:

In the Liturgical calendar, it is the Feast day of St. Ailbe, Bishop of Emly, Tipperary. Mexico – Commemoration of the mass hanging of the Saint Patrick’s Battalion. 1653 – Ireland and Scotland are represented by six and five members respectively in the ‘Barebones’ parliament which is in effect from 4 July to this date. […]

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