#OTD in 1904 – Death of politician, William Russell Grace. Born in Ballylinan, Co Laois, he was the first Roman Catholic mayor of New York and the founder of W. R. Grace and Company.

Grace was born in Ballylinan, Co Laois to James Grace and Eleanor May Russell (Ellen) while the family was away from home, and raised on Grace property at Ballylinan near the town of Athy, He was a member of the prominent and well-to-do family. In 1846, Grace sailed for New York against the wishes of […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 8 January:

1547 – Henry VIII suppresses the Chapter of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin; it will not be restored until 15 June 1555. 1779 – Birth in Newry of actress Julia Glover. 1860 – The Church of St Andrew in Suffolk Street, Dublin, is destroyed by fire. 1871 – James Craig, Ist Viscount Craigavon, Unionist politician and […]

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#OTD in 2001 – Irish soil is sprinkled over the casket of Sister Theresa Egan as more than 2,000 mourners attend her funeral in St Lucia.

Irish soil is sprinkled over the casket of Sr Theresa Egan as more than 2,000 people on the Caribbean island of St Lucia attended her funeral. She was killed in an attack on a Roman Catholic church on New Year’s Eve. Armed men with blowtorches and machetes attacked mass-goers of St Lucia. Seventy-two year-old Sr Theresa […]

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Brehon Law and Medicine

Physicians practised in Ireland from earliest times. The Book of Genealogies lists Capa and Eaba as the first male and female doctors in Ireland. The first historical reference to a physician is in the Annals of the Four Masters, where the death of Maelodhar Ua Tindridh, ‘the most learned physician of Ireland’, is recorded in […]

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#OTD in 1904 – Death of politician, William Russell Grace. Born in Ballylinan, Co Laois, he was the first Roman Catholic mayor of New York and the founder of W. R. Grace and Company.

Grace was born in Ballylinan, Co Laois to James Grace and Eleanor May Russell (Ellen) while the family was away from home, and raised on Grace property at Ballylinan near the town of Athy, He was a member of the prominent and well-to-do family. In 1846, Grace sailed for New York against the wishes of […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 7 February:

1873 – Death of journalist, novelist, and short story writer, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, in Dublin. He is often called the father of the modern ghost story. Although Le Fanu was one of the most popular writers of the Victorian era, he is not so widely read anymore. His best-known works include Uncle Silas (1864), […]

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#OTD in 1827 – Birth of Peter Fintan Lalor in Tenakill at Raheen, Co Laois.

Peter Lalor was an activist turned politician who rose to fame for his leading role in the Eureka Rebellion, an event controversially identified with the ‘birth of democracy’ in Australia. He is famous for being the only outlaw to make it to parliament. Peter Lalor was born in the family home of Tenakill/Tinnakill at Raheen, […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 8 January:

1547 – Henry VIII suppresses the Chapter of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin; it will not be restored until 15 June 1555. 1779 – Birth in Newry of actress Julia Glover. 1860 – The Church of St Andrew in Suffolk Street, Dublin, is destroyed by fire. 1871 – James Craig, Ist Viscount Craigavon, Unionist politician and […]

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#OTD in 2001 – Irish soil is sprinkled over the casket of Sister Theresa Egan as more than 2,000 mourners attend her funeral in St Lucia.

Irish soil is sprinkled over the casket of Sr Theresa Egan as more than 2,000 people on the Caribbean island of St Lucia attended her funeral. She was killed in an attack on a Roman Catholic church on New Year’s Eve. Armed men with blowtorches and machetes attacked mass-goers of St Lucia. Seventy-two year-old Sr Theresa […]

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Brehon Law and Medicine

Physicians practised in Ireland from earliest times. The Book of Genealogies lists Capa and Eaba as the first male and female doctors in Ireland. The first historical reference to a physician is in the Annals of the Four Masters, where the death of Maelodhar Ua Tindridh, ‘the most learned physician of Ireland’, is recorded in […]

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