#OTD in 1998 – The three Quinn brothers, Richard, 11, Mark, 10, and Jason 9, are burned to death by a Loyalist firebomb in Ballymoney, 40 miles northwest of Belfast. 

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha. Jason, Richard and Mark Quinn were three brothers killed by the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) in a firebomb attack on their home in Ballymoney, Co Antrim. Garfield Gilmour, was found guilty of murdering the three brothers 15 months later and sentenced to life imprisonment after admitting that he […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 12 July:

1660 – Sir Mark Rainsford was the 36th Lord Mayor of Dublin from 1700 to 1701. During this period the statue of King William of Orange on College Green was unveiled by him, a monument which would become a centre of protest and celebration for generations in the capital. Rainsford was also the original founder […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 12 July:

1660 – Sir Mark Rainsford was the 36th Lord Mayor of Dublin from 1700 to 1701. During this period the statue of King William of Orange on College Green was unveiled by him, a monument which would become a centre of protest and celebration for generations in the capital. Rainsford was also the original founder […]

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Today in Irish History – 12 July:

1660 – Sir Mark Rainsford was the 36th Lord Mayor of Dublin from 1700 to 1701. During this period the statue of King William of Orange on College Green was unveiled by him, a monument which would become a centre of protest and celebration for generations in the capital. Rainsford was also the original founder […]

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Today in Irish History – 12 July:

1690 – Battle of the Boyne and victory for William of Orange. 1691 – Ginkel is victorious over James II’s Jacobites at Aughrim; it is the bloodiest battle ever fought in Ireland. 1691 – Death of Charles Chalmont Marquis of St Ruth. He was a French general. Early in his military career, he fought against […]

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The 12 July Orange Order Demonstrations: A History of Violence.

The Orange Order is symbolic of an age of Orange rule that did not treat their fellow countrymen in a kind manner. Belfast, The City Hall and the annual parades (when Nationalists where brushed off their own streets by the Order controlled RUC to allow the parades to pass) are reminders of a time of […]

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Today in Irish History – 12 July:

1690 – Battle of the Boyne and victory for William of Orange. 1691 – Ginkel is victorious over James II’s Jacobites at Aughrim; it is the bloodiest battle ever fought in Ireland. 1691 – Death of Charles Chalmont Marquis of St Ruth. He was a French general. Early in his military career, he fought against […]

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Today in Irish History: 11 July:

National Day of Commemoration (Lá Cuimhneacháin Náisiúnta) held on the nearest Sunday to this date commemorating all Irish people who died in past wars or United Nations peacekeeping missions. 1792 – A gathering of some ten Irish harpers and one Welsh begins in Belfast; the objective is to collect the remaining fragments of the tradition; […]

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Today in Irish History – 4 July:

1653 – Ireland and Scotland are represented by six and five members respectively in the ‘Barebones’ parliament. 1690 – James II flees to France for assistance after his defeat by William of Orange. 1921 – Awaiting truce with the English, Eamon De Valera orders the American flag flown in Dublin to “emphasize the principle for […]

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