#OTD in Irish History – 5 May:

1586 – Death of Lord Deputy of Ireland, Henry Sidney. Sidney was brought up at court as the companion of Prince Edward, afterwards King Edward VI, and he continued to enjoy the favour of the Crown, serving under Mary I of England and then particularly throughout the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. He was instrumental in […]

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#OTD in 1928 – Birth of playwright, novelist and poet, John B. Keane, in Listowel, Co Kerry.

“I was writing about people I knew, people who lived about two miles from Listowel, and that I’d grown up with. They’re all gone now, but they made me their spokesperson and I felt a responsibility to tell their story, to preserve a wonderful tradition in written form.” –John B. Keane John B. Keane was […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 30 May:

1630 – Birth of Charles Stuart who will become Charles II of Great Britain and Ireland. 1784 – Belfast’s first Catholic church, St. Mary’s, opens for public worship. 1798 – United Irishmen Rebellion: The Battle of Three Rocks – Rebels capture Enniscorthy and Wexford town. 1807 – During the election for Co Wexford, two of […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 5 May:

1586 – Death of Lord Deputy of Ireland, Henry Sidney. Sidney was brought up at court as the companion of Prince Edward, afterwards King Edward VI, and he continued to enjoy the favour of the Crown, serving under Mary I of England and then particularly throughout the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. He was instrumental in […]

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#OTD in 1928 – Birth of playwright, novelist and poet, John B. Keane, in Listowel, Co Kerry.

“I was writing about people I knew, people who lived about two miles from Listowel, and that I’d grown up with. They’re all gone now, but they made me their spokesperson and I felt a responsibility to tell their story, to preserve a wonderful tradition in written form.” –John B. Keane John B. Keane was […]

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#OTD in 2002 – Writer John B. Keane dies at his home in Listowel, Co Kerry.

John Brendan Keane was a playwright, novelist and essayist from Listowel, Co Kerry. He was one of Ireland’s finest (and wittiest) playwrights. His many works include: Many Young Men of Twenty, Sive, The Year of the Hiker, The Field and Big Maggie. He married Mary O’Connor in 1955 and had four children: Billy, Conor, John […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 30 May:

1630 – Birth of Charles Stuart who will become Charles II of Great Britain and Ireland. 1784 – Belfast’s first Catholic church, St. Mary’s, opens for public worship. 1798 – United Irishmen Rebellion: The Battle of Three Rocks – Rebels capture Enniscorthy and Wexford town. 1807 – During the election for Co Wexford, two of […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 5 May:

1795 – House of Commons rejects Grattan’s Catholic relief bill. 1864 – Birth of soldier, Sir Henry Wilson, in Edgeworthstown, Co Longford. He was chief of the Imperial General Staff from 1918 to 1922 and established the British Intelligence ‘Cairo Gang’ in Dublin. 1881 – Richard Downey (youngest ever Catholic archbishop in 1928, who reduces […]

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1928 – John B. Keane, playwright, novelist and poet, is born in Listowel, Co Kerry.

“I was writing about people I knew, people who lived about two miles from Listowel, and that I’d grown up with. They’re all gone now, but they made me their spokesperson and I felt a responsibility to tell their story, to preserve a wonderful tradition in written form.” –John B. Keane John B. Keane was […]

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2002 – Writer John B. Keane dies at his home in Listowel, Co Kerry.

John Brendan Keane was a playwright, novelist and essayist from Listowel, Co Kerry. He was one of Ireland’s finest (and wittiest) playwrights. His many works include: Many Young Men of Twenty, Sive, The Year of the Hiker, The Field and Big Maggie. He married Mary O’Connor in 1955 and had four children: Billy, Conor, John […]

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