2009 – U2 play Madison Square Garden at the 25th anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert.

‘Gimme Shelter’ (Mick Jagger/Keith Richards) Oh, a storm is threat’ning My very life today If I don’t get some shelter Oh yeah, I’m gonna fade away War, children, it’s just a shot away It’s just a shot away War, children, it’s just a shot away It’s just a shot away Ooh, see the fire is […]

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1959 – Birth of musician Gavin Friday. He has co-written a number of songs with the U2 frontman, Bono, including the soundtrack to the Jim Sheridan movie “In the Name of the Father”.

Gavin Friday (born Fionán Martin Hanvey) is an Irish singer and songwriter, composer, actor and painter and founder of post-punk band The Virgin Prunes. Friday was born in Dublin and grew up in Ballygall a neighbourhood located on Dublin’s Northside located between Finglas and Glasnevin where he went to school. When he was fourteen years […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 23 September:

1586 – At the battle of Ardnaree in Co. Mayo, Sir Richard Bingham, governor of Connacht, surprises a force of redshanks (Scottish mercenary light infantrymen) engaged by the Burkes of Mayo; 1,000 redshanks and 1,000 camp followers are killed. Bingham hangs the leaders of the Burkes. 1641 – The Gaelic Catholics of Ulster stage an […]

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Today in Irish History – 14 September:

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Formerly, in the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches, the Wednesday, Friday and Saturday following 14 September were observed as one of the four sets of Ember days. In the Irish calendar they were known as Quarter tense). 1607 – Hugh O’Neill, Ruari O’Donnell and other chiefs of […]

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Today in Irish History – 21 August:

1693 – Death of Patrick Sarsfield (b. in Lucan), created the first Earl of Lucan, Irish Jacobite and soldier, belonged to an Anglo-Norman family long settled in Ireland. His father Patrick Sarsfield married Anne, daughter of Rory (Roger) O’Moore, who organised the Irish Rebellion of 1641. The family was of Norman origin (by this time, […]

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Today in Irish History – 10th May:

1318- Richard de Clare, while defending his protégé Mahon O’Brien, is defeated and killed by Murrough O’Brien at Dysert O’Dea. De Clare’s heir is a minor; Norman-Irish power in Thomond is thus undermined. 1603 – In the revolt of the towns, or recusancy revolt, Catholic worship is re-established in Kilkenny and the main Munster towns […]

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Today in Irish History – 29th March:

1613 – A charter incorporates Derry as the city of Londonderry and creates the new county of Londonderry. Despite the official name, the city is more usually known as simply Derry, which is an anglicisation of the old Irish Daire, which in modern Irish is spelt Doire, and translates as “oak-grove/oak-wood”. The name derives from […]

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Today in Irish History – 28th February:

1713 – Henry Pyne, MP for Dungarvan, aged about 24 and the father of three children, is killed in a duel with Theophilus Biddulph at Chelsea Fields, London; Biddulph will later be convicted of manslaughter. 1790 – The Northern Whig Club is founded in Belfast. 1799 – William Dargan, railway engineer and philanthropist, is born […]

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