#OTD in 1947 – The world’s first duty-free shop opened at Shannon Airport, and began as a simple kiosk measuring just a few square metres, selling souvenirs and gifts.

The Duty-Free shop became an immediate success and has been copied worldwide. In its heyday, the tarmac and terminal welcomed leading Hollywood screen stars and celebrities, including Marilyn Monroe, Gene Kelly and Yul Brenner. John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie graced the runway on their historic visit to Ireland to trace their ancestors in […]

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#OTD in 1918 – County Clare is subject to martial law. 

This state has been brought about by new military orders issued in response to agrarian, political and social unrest – instances include cattle driving, land seizures, shooting affrays and the raiding of houses for arms. Alongside an increased military presence, a new regime effectively cuts the county off from the rest of Ireland; permits are now […]

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1906 – Death of Michael Cusack, one of the founders of the GAA.

Michael Cusack (Mícheál Ó Ciosóg) (20 September 1847 – 27 November 1906) was an Irish teacher and founder of the Gaelic Athletic Association. Cusack was born in the parish of Carron on the eastern fringe of the Burren, County Clare, in 1847 during ‘An Gorta Mor’. He became a teacher and travelled throughout Ireland teaching […]

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Today in Irish History – 9 November:

1711 – The first Irish parliament of Queen Anne is dissolved. 1791 – Napper Tandy convenes the first meeting of Dublin’s United Irishmen. 1875 – Birth of Sir Hugh Percy Lane. He is best known for establishing Dublin’s Municipal Gallery of Modern Art (the first known public gallery of modern art in the world) and […]

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Today in Irish History – 9 September:

In the liturgical calendar, this is the feast day of Saint Ciarán of Clonmacnoise. He was one of the early Irish monastic saints and Irish bishop. He is sometimes called Ciarán the Younger to distinguish him from Saint Ciarán of Saighir. He was one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland. He dies on this date […]

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Today in Irish History – 13 August:

In the liturgical calendar, today is the feast day of St. Muredach. 1649 – Oliver Cromwell sets sail for Ireland and the commencement of one the most vicious military campaigns inflicted on Ireland. History can be written in so many different ways. In A Compendium of Irish Biography, Alfred Webb writes “On his arrival, Carlyle […]

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Today in Irish History – 27th May:

1224 – Cathal Crobhdearg Ua Conchobair, king of Connacht and brother of Rory O’Connor, dies at the age of 72. This finally opens the way for the Norman occupation of Connacht. 1595 – Hugh O’Neill, Earl of Tyrone, defeats the English forces of his brother-in-law, Sir Henry Bagenal, at the Battle of Clontibret, Co. Monaghan; […]

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Today in Irish History – 2nd May:

1332 – Sir Anthony Lucy’s campaign in Munster ends on this date. 1656 – Birth of Sir Richard Levinge, Tory politician and Speaker of the House of Commons. 1788 – An Act on this date repeals tests imposed on Protestant Dissenters. 1794 – United Irishman Archibald Rowan escapes from custody and eventually makes his way […]

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1923 – Eleven Republican prisoners are executed by the Free State – two in Limerick, four in Tralee and five in Athlone.

In what was now becoming a brutal civil war between pro and anti-Treaty parties, the pro-treaty government had instituted in October 1921 an aggresive policy of execution of Republican prisoners or “Irregulars.” Here, you can read the final letter from Patrick Hennessy on the eve of his execution: http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/claremuseum/acquisitions/patrick_hennessy_letter.htm The Government’s view was that anti-Treaty […]

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1921 – Glenwood ambush: IRA in Clare, under Michael Brennan, ambushed an RIC lorry at Glenwood, between Sixmilebridge and Broadford.

In mid January 1921 orders were sent to all six battalions of the Mid Clare Brigade asking all available I.R.A. Volunteers to assemble at Parkers house, Belvoir cross on the morning of the 20th of January. The officers of the Mid Clare Brigade had decided to attempt to ambush the R.I.C. patrol travelling from Broadford […]

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