Oíche mhaith agaibh. Goodnight from Stair na hÉireann.

At Christmas, all roads lead home. Milky Way over Dún Chaoin Pier, Dingle, Co Kerry, kerryviews.com Photography Advertisements

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What Really Happened At Ballyseedy! Irish Civil War

You can still find bullet-marked walls in Ballymullen Barracks, Tralee. There, young Kerrymen faced squads after “interrogation” carried out by officers beating them with a hammer. Worse than these “authorised killings” were the atrocities carried out “unofficially”. Of these, one act will always stand out in infamy the blowing up of nine prisoners at Ballyseedy […]

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Today 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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Today in Irish History – 1 May:

Beltane, Lá Bealtaine, the first day of Summer in modern Ireland was celebrated by the Celts, and is now also celebrated by Neopagans and Wiccans. 1169 – A small party of Normans arrives at Baginbun and establishes a bridgehead for further invasions. 1170 – Arrival of Normans in Co Wexford. Arrival of Richard de Clare, […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 8th March:

1574 – Captain William Martin lays siege to Grace O’Malley in Rockfleet castle. 1594 – English expedition sets out from Galway to kill pirate queen, Grace O’Malley. 1700 (?) – Year is uncertain, but it is on this date that Anne Bonny, née Cormac, pirate, is born in Co. Cork. 1702 – William III dies […]

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