#OTD in Irish History – 6 February:

797 – Death of High King of Ireland, Donnchad mac Domnaill, called Donnchad Midi. His father, Domnall Midi, had been the first Uí Néill High King from the south-central Clann Cholmáin based in modern Co Westmeath and western Co Meath. 1685 – Coronation of King James II. He was King of England and Ireland as […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 6 February:

797 – Death of High King of Ireland, Donnchad mac Domnaill, called Donnchad Midi. His father, Domnall Midi, had been the first Uí Néill High King from the south-central Clann Cholmáin based in modern Co Westmeath and western Co Meath. 1685 – Coronation of King James II. He was King of England and Ireland as […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 6 February:

1685 – Coronation of King James II. He was King of England and Ireland as James II, and Scotland as James VII. He was the last Catholic monarch to reign over the Kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland. Increasingly Britain’s political and religious leaders opposed him as too pro-French, too pro-Catholic, and too much of […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 17 February:

In the Liturgical Calendar today is the Feast Day of Fintan of Clonenagh. Saint Fintan was born in Leinster. He received his religious formation in Terryglass, Co Tipperary under the abbot Colum mac Crimthainn, and was deeply influenced by his penitential practices and the severity of the Rule. Fintan made his own foundation in Clonenagh, […]

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Today in Irish History – 6 February:

1685 – Coronation of King James II. He was King of England and Ireland as James II, and Scotland as James VII, from 6 February 1685. He was the last Catholic monarch to reign over the Kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland. Increasingly Britain’s political and religious leaders opposed him as too pro-French, too pro-Catholic, […]

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Today in Irish History – 11 December:

1225 – Laurence O’Toole is canonised by Pope Honorius III. It will be 750 years before another Irish person is canonised. 1650 – Ormond leaves for France, leaving Ulick Burke, 1st Marquis of Clanrickard, as Lord Deputy. 1853 – Birth of H. Kingsmill Moore, educationist. 1905 – Birth of Erskine Childers, Ireland’s fourth president (1973-1974). […]

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Today in Irish History – 28th June:

1798 – United Irishmen Rebellion: General Hunter, who replaced Lake as Commander in Wexford, becomes aware rebellion is not over and begins to re-deploy his troops. He orders General Duff to Bunclody and General Needham to Gorey. 1853 – The introduction of income tax in Ireland is proposed for the first time. 1861 – Explorer […]

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Today in Irish History – 9th June:

597 – Death of St. Colomcille (meaning “Dove of the church”), also known as St Columba. A Gaelic Irish missionary monk who, some of his advocates claim, introduced Christianity to the Picts during the Early Medieval Period. He was one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland. 1549 – Book of Common Prayer ordered to be […]

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Today in Irish History – 6th May:

1074 – Donatus (or Dunan), the first Bishop of Dublin, dies on this date and is buried in Christ Church Cathedral. Patrick, his successor, is sent to Canterbury for consecration (records are unreliable – the date of his death is also recorded as November 23). 1384 – Philip de Courtenay lands at Dalkey and campaigns […]

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Today in Irish History – 3rd April:

1793 – Dionysius Lardner, scientific writer and lecturer, is born in Dublin. 1798 – Writer John Banim, who was praised by Yeats as a writer who tried to “make one see life plainly,” is born in Kilkenny. 1807 – Maurice FitzGerald, MP for Co. Kerry, resigns as Commissioner of the Treasury (UK) over the issue […]

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