#OTD in 1854 – William Smith O’Brien, leader of the 1848 rebellion, is pardoned.

Patriot, William O’Brien, was born in Dromoland, Co Clare. His mother was Charlotte, née Smith, whose father owned a property called Cahirmoyle in Co Limerick. William inherited it and adopted the additional surname of Smith, thereafter he is known as William Smith O’Brien. In the 1820’s he took his seat in parliament as the Conservative […]

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1854 – William Smith O’Brien, leader of the 1848 rebellion, is pardoned.

Patriot, William O’Brien, was born in Dromoland, Co Clare. His mother was Charlotte, née Smith, whose father owned a property called Cahirmoyle in Co Limerick. William inherited it and adopted the additional surname of Smith, thereafter he is known as William Smith O’Brien. In the 1820’s he took his seat in parliament as the Conservative […]

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1851 – John Dillon, Nationalist politician, is born in Blackrock, Co Dublin.

John Dillon served as a Member of Parliament (MP) for over 35 years and was the last leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party. By political disposition Dillon was an advocate of Irish nationalism, originally a follower of Charles Stewart Parnell, supporting land reform and Irish Home Rule. He became a leading land reform agitator as […]

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1854 – William Smith O’Brien, leader of the 1848 rebellion, is pardoned.

William O’ Brien, Patriot, was born in Dromoland, Co Clare. His mother was Charlotte, née Smith, whose father owned a property called Cahirmoyle in Co Limerick. William inherited it and adopted the additional surname of Smith, thereafter he is known as William Smith O’Brien. In the 1820’s he took his seat in parliament as the […]

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1981 – IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands wins a seat in the British parliament in the Fermanagh and South Tyrone by-election.

In the Fermanagh / South Tyrone by-election Bobby Sands, then on hunger strike in Long Kesh Prison, was elected (following the final count on 11 April 1981) as Member of Parliament for the constituency. The turnout for the election was 86.9 per cent and Sands obtained 30,492 votes and Harry West, the Unionist candidate, obtained […]

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1761 – Birth of Henry Welbore Agar (Ellis), 2nd Viscount Clifden, perhaps the only person to sit consecutively in four different Houses of Parliament – the two in Ireland and the two in England.

Henry Welbore Agar (Ellis), 2nd Viscount Clifden, perhaps the only person to sit consecutively in four different Houses of Parliament – the two in Ireland and the two in England. He was the son of James Agar, 1st Viscount Clifden of Gowran and Lucia Martin.1 He married Lady Caroline Spencer, daughter of George Spencer, 4th […]

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