Today in Irish History – 8 April:

1719 – Birth of Viscount Edmond Pery, speaker of the House of Commons from March 1771 to September 1785. 1805 – Sir William Rowan Hamilton, mathematician and astronomer, is born in Dublin. 1816 – Sir Frederick Burton, painter, is born in Corofin, Co Clare. 1835 – Jonah Barrington, the Irish Parliament’s leading opponent of the […]

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1886 – Gladstone’s Home Rule Bill is defeated.

The Home Rule Bill is defeated in House of Commons despite a protracted and emotional effort by Prime Minister William Gladstone. The defeat provoked major rioting in Belfast between Catholic and Protestants which would continue intermittently for a number of months. The initial incidents occurred between celebrating Protestant Loyalists and police whom Loyalists believed was […]

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Today in Irish History – 7 July:

1691 – Ginkel offers pardon and security of property to opponents. 1700 – MP for Co. Sligo, Captain Hugh Morgan of Lord Dungannon’s Regiment, is summoned to appear before a board of general officers at the Curragh of Kildare to answer accusations of being ‘a rogue and rascal’ and several other complaints. (On 17 July, […]

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1886 – Home Rule Bill introduced in English Parliament by Gladstone.

Liberal Prime Minister William Gladstone’s government introduces the First Home Rule Bill (The Government of Ireland Bill 1886) in the British Parliament. The bill was designed to create a devolved Irish assembly and allow elements of autonomy for Ireland which had been under direct English parliamentary rule since the 1800 Act of Union. The initial […]

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Today in Irish History – 8th April:

1719 – Birth of Viscount Edmond Pery, speaker of the House of Commons from March 1771 to September 1785. 1805 – Sir William Rowan Hamilton, mathematician and astronomer, is born in Dublin. 1816 – Sir Frederick Burton, painter, is born in Corofin, Co. Clare. 1835 – Jonah Barrington, the Irish Parliament’s leading opponent of the […]

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