1955 – Grace Gifford Plunkett, Irish patriot, dies.

Grace Vandeleur Plunkett, née Gifford was a cartoonist, caricaturist and illustrator who was active in the Republican movement. Her marriage to Joseph Plunkett, one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising, a few hours before he was executed, is the subject of a popular Republican song, “Grace”, written by Frank and Sean O’Meara in 1985. […]

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Today in Irish History – 23rd February:

1317 – Bruce’s army marches south and reaches Castleknock, within sight of Dublin. The mayor of Dublin has imprisoned the Earl of Ulster, who is suspected of being sympathetic to Bruce. The citizens of Dublin destroy some of the northern and western suburbs, to prevent Bruce from using them as a base – to the […]

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Today in Irish History – 11th February:

1774 – Death of Jacob Poolem antiquary, in Growtown, Co. Wexford. 1858 – The Miracle of Lourdes takes place when St Bernadette – Bernadette Soubirous – has her first vision of the Virgin Mary. 1901 – Birth of Roddy Connolly, the son of Irish socialist James Connolly, he was involved in the Easter Rising in […]

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1868 – Birth of Irish patriot and revolutionary, Countess Constance Markievicz, née Gore-Booth.

Countess Markievicz, born Constance Georgine Gore Booth, politician, revolutionary, tireless worker with the poor and dispossessed, was a remarkable woman. Born into great wealth and privilege, she lived at Lissadell House in County Sligo. She is most famous for her leadership role in the Irish Easter Rebellion of 1916 and the subsequent revolutionary struggle for […]

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1878 – Thomas MacDonagh, patriot, poet, critic and scholar, is born in Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary.

Thomas MacDonagh (Tomás Mac Donnchadha) (1 February 1878 – 3 May 1916) was an Irish nationalist, poet, playwright, and a leader of the 1916 Easter Rising. Early Life: MacDonagh was born in Cloughjordan, County Tipperary. Throughout his life he had a keen interest in Irish heritage and the Irish language. He moved to Dublin where […]

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Today in Irish History – 28th January:

1610 – The crown and the Irish Society of London, a consortium of city companies, agree to carry out the plantation of Derry, Coleraine and part of Tyrone. 1635 – The City of London and the Irish Society of London are found guilty of mismanagement and neglect of Derry plantation; they are sentenced to a […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 25 January:

1356 – The 1st Earl of Desmond, Maurice FitzThomas, dies; Kildare is his replacement as justiciar. 1533 – Henry VIII of England, Lord of Ireland and self declared King of Ireland (1541) secretly marries his second wife Anne Boleyn. 1627 – Robert Boyle, physicist, chemist and alchemist, is born in Lismore, Co. Waterford. 1777 – […]

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1935 – Gobnaitt Ní Bhruadair (Albinia Broderick), Irish republican activist, dies.

Gobnait Ní Bhruadair (17 December 1861 – 16 January 1955) was one of the foremost Irish republican women of the twentieth century. A lifelong radical, Gobnait campaigned passionately for causes as diverse as the reform of nursing, protection and promotion of the Irish Language and the freedom of Ireland from British rule. Background: Gobnait was […]

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1922 – Michael Collins takes over control of Dublin Castle from the British authorities on behalf of the new Irish state.

Michael Collins arrived in Dublin Castle on 16th January 1922 to receive the handover of the Castle on behalf of the new Irish Free State Government. Lord Lieutenant FitzAlan is reported to have said, “You are seven minutes late Mr. Collins” to which he received the reply “We’ve been waiting over seven hundred years, you […]

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Today in Irish History: 14 January _________________.

1753 – Death of George Berkeley, Irish philosopher and Anglican. 1775 – John Hely-Hutchinson, Provost of Trinity College, fights a duel with William Doyle over abusive newspaper articles. Doyle is ill and has to lean on a crutch at the duel; on being challenged he had initially complained of sore eyes, and ‘objected to stand […]

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