#OTD in 1874 – Birth of Sinn Féin politician, activist and medical doctor, Kathleen Lynn, in Killala, Co Mayo. She was chief medical officer at the City Hall Garrison in Dublin during the 1916 Rising. 

Kathleen Lynn was a well-known feminist, socialist, suffragette, labour activist and a doctor by profession. She lived in Dublin and became involved in some of the most pressing political and social issues of the day, such as the Dublin workers during the 1913 Lock Out and went on to join the Irish Citizens Army. At the request […]

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Today in Irish History – 28 January:

1547 – Henry VIII dies (‘self-proclaimed’ King of Ireland). His nine-year-old son, Edward VI becomes King. 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. The Honourable Irish Society is the organisation created by royal charter […]

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1943 – Death of Winifred Carney in Belfast.

Close to the entrance of Milltown Cemetery is a limestone monument which marks the grave of a remarkable woman – Maria Winifred Carney. Winnie was born in Bangor, Co Down, but moved to the Falls Road in Belfast at an early age. She was born into a fairly comfortable family, and was one of seven […]

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1916 – The pivotal Irish insurrection against British rule in Ireland commences.

The Easter Rising of 1916 had little chance of success (which its leaders knew) and initially had limited support from the Irish population, but a series of major mis-steps by British authorities lit a fuse that ultimately forced Britain to withdraw from 26 counties just six years later. Timeline: At noon, Pádraig Pearse reads the […]

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Today in Irish History – 28 January:

1547 – Henry VIII dies (‘self-proclaimed’ King of Ireland). His nine-year-old son, Edward VI becomes King. 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. The Honourable Irish Society is the organisation created by royal charter […]

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