#OTD in Irish History – 20 January:

In the Liturgical Calendar, today is the Feast Day of St Manchán mac Silláin, Manchianus in Latin sources, is the name of an early Irish saint, patron of Liath Mancháin, now Lemanaghan, in Co Offaly. He is not to be confused with the scholar Manchán or Manchéne, abbot of Min Droichit (Co Offaly). There are […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 20 January:

In the Liturgical Calendar, today is the Feast Day of St Manchán mac Silláin, Manchianus in Latin sources, is the name of an early Irish saint, patron of Liath Mancháin, now Lemanaghan, in Co Offaly. He is not to be confused with the scholar Manchán or Manchéne, abbot of Min Droichit (Co. Offaly). There are […]

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Today in Irish History – 20 January:

In the Liturgical Calendar, today is the Feast Day of St Manchán mac Silláin, Manchianus in Latin sources, is the name of an early Irish saint, patron of Liath Mancháin, now Lemanaghan, in Co Offaly. He is not to be confused with the scholar Manchán or Manchéne, abbot of Min Droichit (Co. Offaly). There are […]

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Today in Irish History – 20 January:

1621 – Patents are granted for plantations in parts of Leitrim, King’s County, Queen’s County and Westmeath. 1841 – James Armour, Presbyterian minister and political activist is born in Ballymoney, Co Antrim. 1902 – Kevin Barry, medical student and nationalist revolutionary, is born in Dublin. 1902 – In the House of Commons, John Redmond criticizes […]

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Today in Irish History – 20 January:

1621 – Patents are granted for plantations in parts of Leitrim, King’s County, Queen’s County and Westmeath. 1841 – James Armour, Presbyterian minister and political activist is born in Ballymoney, Co Antrim. 1902 – Kevin Barry, medical student and nationalist revolutionary, is born in Dublin. 1902 – In the House of Commons, John Redmond criticizes […]

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1955 – Birth of Joe Doherty (in Belfast), a former volunteer in the Belfast Brigade of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) who escaped during his 1981 trial for killing a member of the Special Air Service (SAS) in 1980.

Joe Doherty (born 20 January 1955) is a former volunteer in the Belfast Brigade of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) who escaped during his 1981 trial for killing a member of the Special Air Service (SAS) in 1980. He was arrested in the United States in 1983, and became a cause célèbre while fighting […]

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1923 – Eleven Republican prisoners are executed by the Free State – two in Limerick, four in Tralee and five in Athlone.

In what was now becoming a brutal civil war between pro and anti-Treaty parties, the pro-treaty government had instituted in October 1921 an aggresive policy of execution of Republican prisoners or “Irregulars.” Here, you can read the final letter from Patrick Hennessy on the eve of his execution: http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/claremuseum/acquisitions/patrick_hennessy_letter.htm The Government’s view was that anti-Treaty […]

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