Today in Irish History – 28 August:

1710 – A board of trustees for linen manufacture is established. 1788 – Sir Aubrey de Vere, poet, is born in Adare, Co Limerick. 1788 – James Digges La Touche, banker and philanthropist, is born in Dublin. 1798 – Cornwallis reaches Athlone; Humbert entrenches in Castlebar. 1814 – Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, novelist and journalist, […]

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1014 – Battle of Clontarf: The Dublin Norse and the king of Leinster, with Viking allies from overseas, are defeated by Brian Boru’s army.

The bounds between Irish Legend and Irish Myth has often been blurred, especially as the retelling of heroic deeds has been passed on through generations. Brian Boru was no legend although his life deeds were legendary. He was very much a real man and was in fact the last great High King of Ireland and […]

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1172 – The Synod of Cashel: the Bishops of Ireland, under duress, pledge allegiance to Henry II of England.

Twenty years after the Synod of Kells had received papal confirmation for the new organisational structure for the church in Ireland, another synod took place at Cashel. This, however, was a synod of a different kind; it assembled at the request of King Henry II of England, shortly after his arrival in Ireland on 17 […]

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