Today in Irish History – 8 April:

1719 – Birth of Viscount Edmond Pery, speaker of the House of Commons from March 1771 to September 1785. 1805 – Sir William Rowan Hamilton, mathematician and astronomer, is born in Dublin. 1816 – Sir Frederick Burton, painter, is born in Corofin, Co Clare. 1835 – Jonah Barrington, the Irish Parliament’s leading opponent of the […]

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