Today in Irish History – 29 December:

Constitution Day (Ireland) 1766 – Richard Dawson, MP for Monaghan Borough, dies on this date. Before his death, his bank – Wilcox and Dawson of Dublin, which was established in 1747 – closes with debts thought to amount to £192,000. 1808 – Andrew Johnson, successor to Abraham Lincoln and 17th President of the United States […]

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1948 – The Republic of Ireland Act is signed into law by President Seán T. O’Kelly at Áras an Uachtaráin in the presence of the Government of Ireland.

The Republic of Ireland Act 1948 is an Act of the Oireachtas which declared that Ireland may be officially described as the Republic of Ireland, and vested in the President of Ireland the power to exercise the executive authority of the state in its external relations, on the advice of the Government of Ireland. The […]

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1949 – The Republic of Ireland withdraws from the British Commonwealth. The British Parliament recognises the declaration but asserts sovereignty over the six northern counties.

The withdrawal of the twenty-six counties from the British Commonwealth is recognised officially by Britain, thereby, becoming the independent Republic of Ireland. The Ireland Act 1949 passed by the House of Commons recognised the withdrawal. Éamon de Valera had introduced his Constitution (Bunreacht na hÉireann) in 1937, the Irish Free State, or Éire as it […]

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1937 – The Irish Free State is replaced by a new state called Éire/Ireland with the adoption of a new constitution.

The Irish Constitution, accepted by national vote in July becomes law at midnight. The constitution echoed much of the thinking of Éamon de Valera. Much of the development and drafting of the constitution was done by John J. Hearne, Éamon de Valera’s confidante and advisor. Hearne went on to become first Irish ambassador to the […]

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Today in Irish History – 29 December:

Constitution Day (Ireland) 1766 – Richard Dawson, MP for Monaghan Borough, dies on this date. Before his death, his bank – Wilcox & Dawson of Dublin, which was established in 1747 – closes with debts thought to amount to £192,000. 1808 – Andrew Johnson, successor to Abraham Lincoln and 17th President of the United States […]

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Today in Irish History – 1st July:

1681 – Despite witnesses against him being discredited, Oliver Plunkett is hanged, drawn and quartered in London. 1690 – Battle of the Boyne: the Jacobite forces (Irish, French, Germans and Walloons) are defeated by the Williamites (Irish, English, Dutch, Germans and Danes). The Williamite victory, being seen as a defeat for Louis XIV, is welcomed […]

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