Legend of Úna Bhán

McDermott was the Chieftain of Moylurg, a Celtic Kingdom in North Roscommon. He had a beautiful daughter, Úna Bhán, – so named because of her long blonde hair. His neighbour was Tomás Láidir Costello, a good and sincere man, handsome and strong. Úna Bhán and Tomás Láidir fell in love and wished to marry but […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 1 March (Márta):

1703 – Birth of Philip Tisdall, politician and Attorney General noted for his lavish hospitality. 1726 – Abraham Shackleton, a Quaker, opens a school at Ballitore, Co Kildare. Edmund Burke will later be a pupil. 1794 – Statutes of Dublin University amended to allow Catholics to take degrees. 1832 – Robert James Graves was a […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 1 March (Márta):

In the liturgical calendar, today starts the beginning of Lent, a solemn religious observance that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends approximately six weeks later, on Easter Sunday. 1703 – Birth of Philip Tisdall, politician and Attorney General noted for his lavish hospitality. 1726 – Abraham Shackleton, a Quaker, opens a school at Ballitore, Co […]

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Today in Irish History – 14 April:

1661 – Birth in Dublin of Sir Thomas Molyneux, scientist, archaeologist, physician and MP; first to assert that the Giant’s Causeway is a natural phenomenon. 1848 – In Dublin, the tricolour national flag of Ireland is presented to the public for the first time by Thomas Francis Meagher and the Young Ireland Party. 1886 – […]

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Today in Irish History – 1 March:

1703 – Birth of Philip Tisdall, politician and Attorney General noted for his lavish hospitality. 1726 – Abraham Shackleton, a Quaker, opens a school at Ballitore, Co Kildare. Edmund Burke will later be a pupil. 1794 – Statutes of Dublin University amended to allow Catholics to take degrees. 1847 – Horrific Report on Irish Famine. […]

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