#OTD in Irish History – 19 April:

1366 – The parliament, alarmed at the apparent undermining by native influences of the settler population’s Englishness, passed the ‘Statutes of Kilkenny’. 1608 – O’Doherty’s Rebellion was launched by the Burning of Derry. 1780 – Henry Grattan moves resolutions in favour of legislative independence in the Irish House of Commons. 1798 – The Earl of […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 19 April:

1366 – The parliament, alarmed at the apparent undermining by native influences of the settler population’s Englishness, passed the ‘Statutes of Kilkenny’. 1608 – O’Doherty’s Rebellion was launched by the Burning of Derry. 1780 – Henry Grattan moves resolutions in favour of legislative independence in the Irish House of Commons. 1798 – The Earl of […]

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Today in Irish History – 19 April:

1366 – The parliament, alarmed at the apparent undermining by native influences of the settler population’s Englishness, passes the ‘Statute of Kilkenny’. 1608 – O’Doherty’s Rebellion is launched by the Burning of Derry. 1780 – Henry Grattan moves resolutions in favour of legislative independence in Irish House of Commons. 1798 – The Earl of Clare […]

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1873 – Peig Sayers, Blasket Island storyteller, is born in Dunquin, Co Kerry.

Born Máiréad Sayers in the townland of Vicarstown, Dunquinn, Co Kerry, the youngest child of the family. She was called Peig after her mother, Margaret “Peig” Brosnan, from Castleisland. Her father Tomás Sayers was a renowned storyteller who passed on many of his tales to Peig. At age 12, she was taken out of school […]

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1873 – Peig Sayers, Blasket Island storyteller, is born in Dunquin, Co Kerry.

Seán Ó Súilleabháin, the former archivist for the Irish Folklore Commission, described her as “one of the greatest woman storytellers of recent times”. Sayers is best known for her autobiography Peig, written in the Irish language. It presents evocative word pictures and imagery of her life on the Blasket Islands off the coast of Kerry. […]

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