Today in Irish History – 12 May:

563 – St Columcille establishes a community on Iona. 1641 – Thomas Wentworth, English viceroy of Ireland and Earl of Stafford is beheaded. From 1632–39 he was Lord Deputy of Ireland, where he established a strong authoritarian rule. Recalled to England, he became a leading advisor to the king, attempting to strengthen the royal position […]

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Today in Irish History – 9 May:

1423 – Edmund Mortimer, 8th earl of Ulster, earl of March, the greatest Irish landowner and heir presumptive to the throne of England, is appointed lieutenant for nine years. 1650 – The Battle of Clonmel begins with the first of two assaults. Cromwell’s forces are beaten back on this date by Black Hugh O’Neill. Eventually, […]

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Today in Irish History – 8 May:

1567 – Shane O’Neill’s army crosses the Swilly estuary at Farsetmore, and is defeated in a pitched battle by Hugh O’Donnell. Many drown while trying to escape; O’Neill loses 1,300 men. 1597 – Execution of Fiach MacHugh O’Byrne. Fiach Mac Aodha Ó Broin was Lord of Ranelagh and sometime leader of the Clann Uí Bhroin, […]

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The Women of Ireland © Aine Kelly 2016. All Rights Reserved.

The Women of Ireland: With hearts as big as lions and courage of the bear the brave women of Ireland proudly fought and did their share. They suffered loss so bravely but their hearts were strong and true there wasn’t any sacrifice that they would refuse to do. They fought for Ireland’s freedom to show […]

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1916 – Easter Rising Leaders | Pádraig Pearse, Thomas Clarke and Thomas MacDonagh shot dead by firing squad in Kilmainham Gaol.

The first of the 1916 rebels were shot dead in the Stonebreakers’ Yard at Kilmainham Gaol after being found guilty (without legal defense or jury) of taking part “in an armed rebellion for the purposes of assisting the enemy.” The fact that they were involved in armed rebellion is beyond doubt, but the primary purpose […]

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#OTD in 1916 – Letter written by Thomas MacDonagh to his family.

Signatory of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, Revolutionary leader of the Easter Revolution, Tomás Mac Donnchadha: Letter written about midnight on 2nd May in Thomas MacDonagh’s cell in Kilmainham Gaol, approximately 3 hours before he was shot. The original is on loan to the Kilmainham Gaol museum. He was given 2 sheets of paper […]

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Today in Irish History – 29 April:

1653 – Birth of John Whally, necromancer and charlatan. 1665 – Birth of James Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormonde and an ancestor of Princess Diana. The Dublin-born Irish general becomes one of the most powerful men in the Tory administration, governing England in the early part of the 18th century – from 1710 to 1714. […]

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Today in Irish History – 25 April:

1185 – Henry II sends his son John to Ireland; John lands at Waterford on this date to assert control over Hugh de Lacy, but he fails to achieve this. Henry still suspects that de Lacy wants to be king of Ireland. 1681 – Count Redmond O’Hanlon (outlawed chief) is shot dead by his foster-brother. […]

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Today in Irish History – 24 April:

1596 – Pacificatie of Ireland drawn. 1718 – Nathaniel Hone, portrait painter, is born in Dublin. 1764 – Thomas Emmet, nationalist and brother of Robert Emmet, is born in Dublin. 1857 – William Thompson, journalist, is born in Derry. 1903 – Death of impressionist landscape and portrait painter, Walter Frederick Osborne. Born in Rathmines, Dublin, […]

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