#OTD in Irish History – 6 April:

1830 – James Augustine Healy, the first black Roman Catholic bishop in America, was born to an Irish planter and a slave on a plantation near Macon, Georgia. He was known as the ‘Children’s Priest’. 1837 – Henry Beresford, 3rd Marquess of Waterford and his fox-hunting friends arrived in Melton Mowbray at the Thorpe End tollgate. […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 6 April:

1830 – James Augustine Healy, the first black Roman Catholic bishop in America, was born to an Irish planter and a slave on a plantation near Macon, Georgia. He was known as the ‘Children’s Priest’. 1837 – Henry Beresford, 3rd Marquess of Waterford and his fox-hunting friends arrived in Melton Mowbray at the Thorpe End tollgate. […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 6 April:

1830 – James Augustine Healy, the first black Roman Catholic bishop in America, was born to an Irish planter and a slave on a plantation near Macon, Georgia. He was known as the ‘Children’s Priest’. 1889 – Actor, Barry Macollum, was born. 1895 – Oscar Wilde was arrested, in the Cadogan Hotel, London, after losing […]

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Today in Irish History – 6 April:

1830 – James Augustine Healy, the first black Roman Catholic bishop in America, was born to an Irish planter and a slave on a plantation near Macon, Georgia. 1889 – Actor Barry Macollum is born. 1895 – Oscar Wilde is arrested (in Cadogan Hotel, London) after losing a libel case against the John Sholto Douglas, […]

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1775 – Daniel O’Connell is born in Cahirciveen, County Kerry; known as The Liberator, or The Emancipator, was an Irish political leader in the first half of the nineteenth century. He campaigned for Catholic Emancipation – the right for Catholics to sit in the Westminster Parliament, denied for over 100 years – and Repeal of the Union between Ireland and Great Britain.

Daniel O’Connell is born in Cahirciveen, Co Kerry. O’Connell would go on to be one of the most important figures in Irish political and Catholic civil rights history. In 1829, the Roman Catholic Daniel O’Connell appeared in the House of Commons to take his seat as newly elected MP for Clare and refused to take […]

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Today in Irish History – 3rd June:

In the liturgical calendar, 3 June is the feast day of Saint Cóemgen, also known as Kevin and Kevin of the Angels. He is the patron of blackbirds, the archdiocese of Dublin and Glendalough, Co. Wicklow. 1798 – Government reinforces Gorey and Bunclody, Co. Wexford. Rebels decide to attack Gorey. 1810 – Birth of Robert […]

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Today in Irish History – 19th May:

1660 – An Act by the British Parliament forbids the export of Irish wool. 1710 – John Forster is unanimously elected Speaker of the House of Commons, replacing Alan Brodrick. 1769 – Just ten years after Guinness is first brewed in St. James Gate, Dublin, the beautiful magic brew is first exported from Ireland. Six […]

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Today in Irish History – 12th May:

563 – St Columcille establishes a community on Iona. 1641 – Thomas Wentworth, English viceroy of Ireland and Earl of Stafford is beheaded. 1751 – Archibald Hamilton Rowan, nationalist and United Irishman, is born in London. 1784 – J.S. Knowles, dramatist and Baptist preacher, is born in Cork. 1806 – James Shields, US army general […]

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1921 – Sir Arthur Vicars was assassinated in Kilmorna, County Kerry by IRA.

Sir Arthur Vicars is executed by the IRA in Kerry. Vicars, who played a pivotal (and probably negligent) role in the theft of the Irish Crown Jewels in 1907, was executed by the IRA. Born in England, Vicars spent most of his life in Ireland where he was Custodian of the Irish Crown Jewels at […]

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Today in Irish History – 13th February:

1689 – William and Mary – daughter of James II – are proclaimed king and queen jointly. 1820 – Leonard McNally, lawyer and English informer, dies. 1850 – Michael Kelly, fourth Roman Catholic archbishop of Sydney is born in Waterford. 1871 – Joseph Devlin, Belfast Nationalist, is born. 1864 – Stephen Lucius Gwynn, writer and […]

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