#OTD in Irish History – 26 October:

1601 – A Spanish army under Don Juan del Aguila, which had landed at Kinsale on 21 September, is besieged by Lord Mountjoy on this date. 1771 – Birth of Brigadier Juan Mackenna, in Clogher, Co Tyrone. He was a Chilean military officer and hero of the Chilean War of Independence. He is considered to […]

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Boa Island, Co Fermanagh

Two of the most enigmatic pieces of Irish sculpture can be found in a small cemetery on Boa Island in Co Fermanagh. The larger sculpture is a two-sided ‘Janus’ figure, with depictions of a bearded figure on both sides. Both of the depictions show an oval-faced man with large almond-shaped bulging eyes, and a straight […]

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Dún Bhaloir – Balor’s Fort – The Anvil, Tory Island, Co Donegal

From its craggy cliffs to its wind-beaten shores, Ireland has long exuded an aura of mystery and magic. Its culture and traditions have been forged from a unique mixture of warrior ballads, clan sagas, fairy tales, and bardic narratives. A magnificent combination of myth, legend, and historic fact embroiders the very fabric of Irish culture. […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 14 January:

1753 – Death of George Berkeley, Irish philosopher and Anglican. 1775 – John Hely-Hutchinson, Provost of Trinity College, fights a duel with William Doyle over abusive newspaper articles. Doyle is ill and has to lean on a crutch at the duel; on being challenged he had initially complained of sore eyes, and ‘objected to stand […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 19 December:

1751 – The Irish Parliament authorises application of a revenue surplus to the reduction of the national debt which causes a dispute between the House of Commons and the Government. 1813 – Thomas Andrews, scientist and research chemist, is born in Belfast. 1864 – Birth of William Plunket in Dublin. He was Governor of New […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 8 November:

1847 – Birth of author of Dracula, Bram Stoker, in Dublin. 1887 – Birth of Sir Arnold Bax, composer, writer and Hibernophile. 1901 – Death of James Agnew. Born in Ballycastle, Co Antrim, he was an Australian politician, who was Premier of Tasmania from 1886 to 1887. 1920 – An IRA column mounted an ambush […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 26 October:

1601 – A Spanish army under Don Juan del Aguila, which had landed at Kinsale on 21 September, is besieged by Lord Mountjoy on this date. 1771 – Birth of Brigadier Juan Mackenna, in Clogher, Co Tyrone. He was a Chilean military officer and hero of the Chilean War of Independence. He is considered to […]

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Boa Island, Co Fermanagh

Two of the most enigmatic pieces of Irish sculpture can be found in a small cemetery on Boa Island in Co Fermanagh. The larger sculpture is a two-sided ‘Janus’ figure, with depictions of a bearded figure on both sides. Both of the depictions show an oval-faced man with large almond-shaped bulging eyes, and a straight […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 31 March:

1711 – Seven women from Island Magee, Co Antrim were imprisoned and pilloried for ‘bewitching’ a woman named Mary Dunbar, who had experienced strange fits and visions. 1790 – A quarrel between John Philpot Curran (MP for Kilbeggan) and Robert Hobart (MP for Portarlington) resulted in a duel in which Hobart allowed Curran to fire […]

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