1948 – Birth of Gerry Adams in Belfast.

Gerry Adams, born in Belfast, president of Sinn Féin, was one of the chief architects of Sinn Féin’s shift to a policy of seeking a peaceful settlement to sectarian violence in Northern Ireland. He was elected several times to the British House of Commons for Belfast West, however, following party policy, did not take his […]

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1981 – Bobby Sands dies at Long Kesh prison on the 66th day of his hunger strike.

Fuair siad bás ar son Saoirse na hÉireann. Bobby Sands dies in prison following a 66 day hunger strike. Sands would be the first of ten men to die in an effort to gain political status in a very public battle with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. In the House of Commons Thatcher commented on […]

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1918 – Constance Markievicz while detained in prison, became the first woman to be elected MP to the British House of Commons.

During the Easter Rising of 1916, Constance was second in command under Michael Mallin in Dublin’s St. Steven’s Green. She proved fearless under fire and fought alongside the men. Eyewitnesses reported she was responsible for the killing of at least one British soldier during the battle. After their defeat, Constance Markievicz marched at the head […]

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1948 – Birth of Gerry Adams.

Gerry Adams, born in Belfast, president of Sinn Féin, was one of the chief architects of Sinn Féin’s shift to a policy of seeking a peaceful settlement to sectarian violence in Northern Ireland. He was elected several times to the British House of Commons for Belfast West, however, following party policy, did not take his […]

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1918 – Constance Markievicz while detained in Holloway prison, became the first woman to be elected MP to the British House of Commons.

During the Easter Rising of 1916, Constance was second in command under Michael Mallin in Dublin’s St. Steven’s Green. She proved fearless under fire and fought alongside the men. Eyewitnesses reported she was responsible for the killing of at least one British soldier during the battle. After their defeat, Constance Markievicz marched at the head […]

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