#OTD in Irish History – 20 November:

1762 – Francis Andrews is appointed first professor of history at the University of Dublin. 1800 – Richard Rothwell, painter, is born in Athlone, Co Westmeath. 1830 – Birth of Patrick Henry Jones, who attained the rank of Brigadier General in the Union army during the American Civil War is born in Co Westmeath. Jones […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 19 November:

1773 – Death of James FitzGerald, 1st Duke of Leinster, etc. PC (Ire), styled Lord Offaly until 1744 and known as The Earl of Kildare between 1744 and 1761 and as The Marquess of Kildare between 1761 and 1766, was an Irish nobleman, soldier and politician. He was the 20th Earl of Kildare and Baron […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 18 November:

1657 – Death of Franciscan friar and historian, Luke Wadding, in Rome. Born in Co Waterford, Wadding founded the Pontifical Irish College for Irish secular clergy in Rome. In 1900, Wadding’s portrait and part of his library were in the Franciscan friary on Merchant’s Quay, Dublin. Through Wadding’s efforts, St Patrick’s Day became a feast […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 17 November:

1814 – Joseph Finegan, a Confederate general in the American Civil War, is born in Clones, Co Monaghan. 1852 – Sligo-born Brigadier Michael Corcoran’s Irish Legion is mustered into the Federal service; it is involved in the defense of Washington D.C. 1869 – For nearly 150 years, the Suez Canal has played a vital role […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 16 November:

1272 – Henry III dies; his son Edward I, who has been Lord of Ireland since 1254, succeeds him. 1688 – Goodwife ‘Goody’ Ann Glover is hanged in Boston, Massachusetts, accused of witchcraft. 1745 – Death of James Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormonde KG. He was an Irish statesman and soldier. He was the third […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 15 November:

1777 – The Articles of Confederation, the first written constitution of the United States was adopted by the Continental Congress. A number of the Congress hailed from Ireland including Secretary of the Congress Charles Thomson who was born in Maghera, Co Derry in 1729. Thomson was the permanent Secretary of the Continental Congress for more […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 14 November:

In the Liturgical calendar, it is the Feast day of Lorcán Ua Tuathail (St Laurence O’Toole), the first Archbishop of Dublin and the city’s patron saint. It is on this date in 1180 that he died at Eu in Normandy. 1669 – St. Oliver Plunkett becomes Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland. 1832 […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 13 November:

In the Liturgical calendar, it is the Feast day of St. Kilian of Aubigny. In the 7th century, he became the only Irish person in the entire history of the Church to be offered the Papacy; he declined the honour. 867 – Death of Pope Nicholas I. 1643 – Charles I appoints James Butler, 1st […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 12 November:

1798 – In the early morning hours on the day he is due to be executed, it is discovered that Wolf Tone inflicted a deep wound in his neck; a French emigrant surgeon was called in, closed the wound and reported that, “as the prisoner had missed the carotid artery, he might yet survive, but […]

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