Today in Irish History – 28 September:

1678 – ‘Popish plot’ is alleged in England. The Popish Plot was a fictitious conspiracy concocted by Titus Oates that gripped England in anti-Catholic hysteria between 1678 and 1681. Oates alleged that there existed an extensive Catholic conspiracy to assassinate Charles II, accusations that led to the execution of at least 15 men and precipitated […]

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Today in Irish History – 14 September:

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Formerly, in the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches, the Wednesday, Friday and Saturday following 14 September were observed as one of the four sets of Ember days. In the Irish calendar they were known as Quarter tense). 1607 – Hugh O’Neill, Ruari O’Donnell and other chiefs of […]

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Today in Irish History – 18th June:

1264 – The Parliament of Ireland meets at Castledermot in County Kildare, the first definitively known meeting of this Irish legislature. 1329 – The Bishop of Ossory is charged with fomenting feuds among the magnates; he flees to England and then, when summoned before the king, he flees to Rome. The king (Edward III, aged […]

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Today in Irish History – 16th April:

1660 – Sir Hans Sloane, physician and naturalist, is born in Killyleagh, Co. Down . 1701 – Some MPs and gentlemen of Co. Carlow petition against the return and residence of Mark Baggot, ‘a violent Papist’, in that county, of which he was ‘titular High Sheriff’ in 1689. 1752 – The first regular stage-coach service […]

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1998 – The Northern Ireland peace talks end with an historic agreement. The accord – dubbed the Good Friday Agreement – is reached after nearly two years of talks and 30 years of conflict.

The Belfast Agreement is also known as the Good Friday Agreement, because it was reached on Good Friday, 10 April 1998. It was an agreement, between the British and Irish governments and most of the political parties in Northern Ireland, about how Northern Ireland should be governed. The talks leading up to the Agreement dealt […]

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Today in Irish History – 6th April:

1830 – James Augustine Healy, the first black Roman Catholic bishop in America, was born to an Irish planter and a slave on a plantation near Macon, Georgia. 1889 – Actor Barry Macollum is born. 1895 – Oscar Wilde is arrested (in Cadogan Hotel, London) after losing a libel case against the John Sholto Douglas, […]

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1926 – Birth in Armagh of Ian Paisley, clergyman and Unionist politician.

Ian Paisley, Moderator and minister of the Free Presbyterian Church, and dominating voice of reactionary loyalist emotion for most of the latter part of the twentieth century is born in Armagh. Paisley first came to prominence in the 1960s organising demonstrations and loyalist paramilitary groups that often bordered on the edge of legality. In 1969, […]

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Today in Irish History – 26th March:

1787 – The Tumultuous Risings Act imposes penalties for rioting and for interference with the collection of tithes. 1838 – William Edward Hartpole Lecky, historian and philosopher, is born in Blackrock, Co. Dublin. 1854 – Harry Furniss, caricaturist, is born in Wexford. 1856 – William Massey, New Zealand statesman and Prime Minister from 1912 to […]

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Today in Irish History – 23rd March:

1845 – Birth of John Thomas Browne (born 23 March 1845 in Ballylanders, County Limerick – died 19 August 1941 in Houston, Texas) an Irish Catholic Mayor of Houston, Texas. 1846 – Henry George Grey, 3rd Earl Grey speaks in the House of Lords on the state of Ireland and accepts that “Ireland is our […]

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Today in Irish History – 11th March:

1605 – A proclamation declares all persons in the realm to be free, natural and immediate subjects of the king and not subjects of any lord or chief. 1812 – Composer William Vincent Wallace, best known for his opera, Maritana, is born in Co. Waterford. 1858 – Irish revolutionary Thomas James Clarke is born of […]

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