#OTD in Irish History | 12 June:

In the Liturgical calendar, today is the Feast day of St. Christian O’Morgair, brother of St. Malachy, and Bishop of Clogher. 1731 – The Revenue Commissioners report the robbery of the Golden Lyon’s cargo at Ballyheige. One of the robbers is caught and turns king’s evidence; the Danish Asiatic Company offers a reward of 10 […]

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#OTD in Irish History | 11 June:

1534 – Thomas Garrett (Lord Offaly and grandson of Garret Mór Fitzgerald, Earl of Kildare), rides through Dublin with a large band of followers. Known as ‘Silken Thomas’ because of the silk worn on his followers’ helmets, he has heard the false rumour spread by Henry VIII that his father, Garrett Óg has been executed […]

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#OTD in Irish History | 10 June:

1642 – The first regularly constituted presbytery in Ireland constituted by Scottish army chaplains meets at Carrickfergus. 1798 – United Irishmen Rebellion: Rebels capture Maynooth in Leinster and Bangor in Ulster. 1834 – Alfred Webb, writer and traveller, is born in Dublin. 1842 – The first number of James MacKnight’s “Banner of Ulster”, the newspaper […]

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#OTD in Irish History | 9 June:

In the Liturgical calendar, today is the Feast day of St Columba (St Colmcille, ‘dove of the church’). He was an abbot and missionary credited with spreading Christianity in what is today Scotland at the start of the Hiberno-Scottish mission. He founded the important abbey on Iona, which became a dominant religious and political institution […]

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#OTD in Irish History | 8 June:

1561 – Shane O’Neill rebels and is proclaimed a traitor. 1739 – Earl of Clonmel and Chief Justice John Scott, aka ‘Copper-Faced Jack’, is born in Co Tipperary. 1798 – United Irish Rebellion: The Arklow garrison is reinforced in Co Wicklow. In Co Wexford, The rebel southern division moves camp from Carrickbyrne to Slievecoilte. In […]

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#OTD in Irish History | 7 June:

In the Liturgical calendar, today is the Feast day of St Colman of Dromore. 1420 – A parliament meets at Dublin. 1546 – England signs Peace of Andres with Ireland and Scotland. 1711 – Death of scholar, theologian and controversial writer, Henry Dodwell. Dodwell was born in Dublin in 1641. His father, William Dodwell, lost […]

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#OTD in Irish History | 6 June:

In the Liturgical calendar, today is the Feast day of Saint Iarlaithe mac Loga, also known as Jarlath, first Abbot-Bishop of Tuam, an Irish priest and scholar from Connacht, remembered as the founder of the monastic School of Tuam and patron saint of the Archdiocese of Tuam. 1333 – William de Burgh, Earl of Ulster, […]

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#OTD in Irish History | 5 June:

1646 – The Battle of Benburb: Eoghan Rua O’Neill, a superb military strategist, defeats Robert Munro’s Scottish army at Benburb in Co Tyrone. The victory is celebrated by Pope Innocent X with a Te Deum in Rome. 1686 – Richard Talbot, the Earl of Tyrconnell, appointed Lord Deputy of Ireland, (the first Catholic to hold […]

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#OTD in Irish History | 4 June:

In the Liturgical calendar, today is the Feast day of St Cornelius also known as Conchobar mac Meic Con Caille, Archbishop of Armagh. He entered the Augustinians at Armagh in 1140, before being made abbot in 1151. Later in 1174, Cornelius was consecrated bishop. Cornelius died on his return from a pilgrimage from Rome in […]

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#OTD in Irish History | 3 June:

In the Liturgical calendar, today is the Feast day of Saint Cóemgen, also known as Kevin and Kevin of the Angels. He is the patron of blackbirds, the archdiocese of Dublin and Glendalough, Co Wicklow. 1798 – United Irishmen Rebellion: Government reinforces Gorey and Bunclody, Co Wexford. Rebels decide to attack Gorey. 1810 – Birth […]

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