Today in Irish History – 6 August:

1312 – John de Wogan ceases to be justiciar; Edmund le Botiller will act as justiciar for the present. 1761 – Richard Nugent, Lord Delvin, MP for Fore, and still a teenager, dies of wounds he received after fighting a duel with a Mr Reilly on 30 July. 1775 – Daniel O’Connell is born in […]

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Today in Irish History – 16 July:

1685 – Birth of Samuel Haliday in Omagh, Co. Tyrone. Minister of Belfast First Presbyterian Church in 1720, he refuses to sign the Westminster Confession, which leads to split between Subscribing and Non-Subscribing adherents. 1803 – Following an explosion at his arms depot on this date, Robert Emmet brings forward his planned rebellion in Dublin […]

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Today in Irish History – 3rd May:

1714 – Sir Wentworth Harman, MP for Lanesborough, dies from the wounds he receives in a carriage accident on 28 April. 1785 – The Irish Academy, later to become the Royal Irish Academy, meets for the first time. 1903 – Bing Crosby, descendant of Irish immigrants, is born in Tacoma, Washington, as Harry Lillis Crosby. […]

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Today in Irish History – 30th April:

Eve of Beltane (Celtic Druidic holiday). 1428 – Sir John Sutton, Lord Dudley, is appointed lieutenant for two years from this date; he has some success against the various rebels. 1795 – Rev. William Jackson of the United Irishmen returns from France, unaware that his travelling companion, John Cockayne, is a spy; Jackson is arrested […]

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Today in Irish History – 29th April:

1653 – Birth of John Whally, necromancer and charlatan. 1665 – Birth of James Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormonde and an ancestor of Princess Diana. The Dublin-born Irish general becomes one of the most powerful men in the Tory administration, governing England in the early part of the 18th century – from 1710 to 1714. […]

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