#OTD in 1967 – Black Velvet Band by Johnny Kelly and the Capitol showband reaches no. 1 in the Irish charts.

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On this date in 1967, ‘Black Velvet Band’ sung by The Dubliners enters the UK charts!

‘Black Velvet Band’ In a neat little town they call Belfast Apprentice to trade I was bound And the many’s the hours sweet happiness I’ve I spent in that neat little town but a sad misfortune’s come over me Which caused me to stray from the land Far away from me friends and companions Betrayed […]

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Today in Irish History – 30 August:

In the liturgical calendar, today is the feast day of Saint Fiacre (Irish: Fiachra; Latin: Fiachrius). He was born in Ireland in the seventh century. Fiachra is an ancient pre-Christian name from Ireland. The meaning is uncertain, but the name may mean “battle king”, or it may be a derivative of the word fiach “raven”. […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 15 June:

1555 – After Henry VIII suppresses the Chapter of St Patrick’s Cathedral it is restored on this date. 1698 – Count George de Browne, governor of Livonia, Latvia, and field marshal in the Russian army, is born in Camas, Co. Limerick. 1798 – United Irishmen Rebellion: The Rebel’s main division marches to Mountpleasant. 1828 – […]

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