#OTD in Irish History | 3 January:

1663 – Thomas Crompton of Arklow, a clergyman, petitions the House of Lords that ‘Constantine Neal of Wexford, merchant, refuseth to restore the bell belonging to the steepl (sic) of Arklow, which he saw in his possession’. An order is made for its restoration. 1823 – Death of General Jean Joseph Amable Humbert. He was […]

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#OTD in Irish History | 2 January:

In the Liturgical Calendar it is the Feast Day of Mainchín mac Setnai, also anglicised to Munchin. He was allegedly the founder of the church of Luimnech, later Limerick, and a saint in Irish tradition, acquiring special eminence as patron of Limerick city. Both his origins and the date of his association with the city […]

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#OTD in Irish History | 31 December:

New Year’s Eve or Old Year’s Night on the Gregorian Calendar. 1602 – The O’Sullivan Beara’s are driven out of West Cork by the English who had defeated the combined Spanish and Irish forces at the Battle of Kinsale. Dónal Cam O’Sullivan, chieftain of the clan, begins the long march to Leitrim on this date, […]

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#OTD in Irish History | 30 December:

999 – The Battle of Glenn Máma. 1691 – Robert Boyle, pioneer chemist and physicist dies. 1820 – Birth of author, Mary Anne Sadlier. Born Mary Anne Madden in Cootehill, Co Cavan, Sadlier published roughly sixty novels and numerous stories. She wrote for Irish immigrants in both the United States and Canada, encouraging them to […]

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#OTD in Irish History | 29 December:

Constitution Day (Ireland) 1766 – Richard Dawson, MP for Monaghan Borough, dies on this date. Before his death, his bank – Wilcox and Dawson of Dublin, which was established in 1747 – closes with debts thought to amount to £192,000. 1808 – Andrew Johnson, successor to Abraham Lincoln and 17th President of the United States […]

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#OTD in Irish History | 28 December:

In the Liturgical Calendar, today is the Feast of the Holy Innocents and, in Irish folklore, it was very unlucky to start something new. It was also believed that whichever day of the week the feast fell, that day would be unlucky throughout the following year. 1673 – Birth of Marmaduke Coghill (in Dublin), lawyer, […]

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#OTD in Irish History | 27 December:

1601 – Red Hugh O’Donnell leaves Ireland for Spain; Hugh O’Neill withdraws to Ulster. 1727 – Arthur Murphy, actor and playwright, is born in Cloonyquin, Co Roscommon. 1791 – Sixty-eight conservative members secede from the Catholic Committee, which thereby becomes more militant. 1804 – Death of pickpocket and later a policeman, George Barrington, Parramatta, New […]

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