Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham Gaol is one of the largest unoccupied gaols in Europe, covering some of the most heroic and tragic events in Ireland’s emergence as a modern nation from the 1780s to the 1920s. Attractions include a major exhibition detailing the political and penal history of the prison and its restoration. Located approximately two miles outside […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 25 November:

1713 – The second Irish parliament of Queen Anne sits from this date to 24 December. The Whig Alan Brodrick is elected Speaker for the second time, in place of John Forster, after a stormy contest with the government’s Tory nominee, Sir Richard Levinge. 1764 – Birth of Dublin town head of police, Henry Sirr, […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 21 November:

615 – Death of Columbanus. He was an Irish missionary notable for founding a number of monasteries on the European continent from around 590 in the Frankish and Lombard kingdoms, most notably Luxeuil Abbey in present-day France and Bobbio Abbey in present-day Italy. He is remembered as an exemplar of Irish missionary activity in early […]

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#OTD in 1798 – Theobald Wolfe Tone dies from a stab wound to his neck which he inflicted upon himself on 12 November.

‘Never to desist in our efforts until we subvert the authority of England over our country and asserted our independence’. –Wolfe Tone After Wolfe Tone’s capture, he was taken to Dublin and court-martialled. He requested that he be afforded the death of a soldier, to be shot, rather than hanged. His request was denied and […]

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#OTD in 1798 – Theobald Wolfe Tone is tried and convicted of treason.

Wolfe Tone was one of the founders of the United Irishmen. In efforts to free Ireland from English rule, he had encouraged a French invasion of Ireland which due to bad planning and bad luck was never successful. In October 1798, French forces consisting of eight frigates were intercepted by British ships off Buncrana, Co […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 10 November:

1580 – Second Desmond Rebellion: After a three-day siege, the English Army beheads over 600 Papal soldiers and civilians at Dún an Óir, Co Kerry. 1728 – Birth of writer, poet, and physician, Oliver Goldsmith, in Co Longford. 1783 – National Volunteer convention on parliamentary reform begins at the Rotunda in Dublin. 1795 – Edward […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 9 November:

1711 – The first Irish parliament of Queen Anne is dissolved. 1791 – Napper Tandy convenes the first meeting of Dublin’s United Irishmen. 1875 – Birth of Sir Hugh Percy Lane. He is best known for establishing Dublin’s Municipal Gallery of Modern Art (the first known public gallery of modern art in the world) and […]

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The Ghost of George ‘Bloody’ Hutchinson

George Hutchinson is commonly remembered for his role in crushing the local United Irishmen during the 1798 Rebellion. In 1798, magistrates were encouraged to deal harshly with offenders. Those found guilty of insurrection risked being given a public lashing, transportation to the penal colonies or execution by hanging. Hutchinson is alleged to have ordered the […]

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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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