Today in Irish History – 5 May:

1795 – House of Commons rejects Grattan’s Catholic relief bill. 1864 – Birth in Edgeworthstown, Co Longford of Sir Henry Wilson, soldier; chief of the Imperial General Staff from 1918 to 1922; establishes British Intelligence ‘Cairo Gang’ in Dublin. 1881 – Richard Downey (youngest ever Catholic archbishop in 1928, who reduces his weight from 18 […]

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