Today in Irish History – 21 August:

1693 – Death of Patrick Sarsfield (b. in Lucan), created the first Earl of Lucan, Irish Jacobite and soldier, belonged to an Anglo-Norman family long settled in Ireland. His father Patrick Sarsfield married Anne, daughter of Rory (Roger) O’Moore, who organised the Irish Rebellion of 1641. The family was of Norman origin (by this time, […]

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Today in Irish History – 11 August:

In the Liturgical Calendar it is the Feast Day of Saint Attracta (also called Araght, and Naomh Adhracht in Irish), the patron saint of the parish of Tourlestrane, Co Sligo. Her legend states that she fled from home and took her vows as a nun under Saint Patrick at Coolavin. She then moved to Lough […]

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Today in Irish History – 22 December:

In the Celtic Calendar, today is the Winter Solstice – the shortest day of the year. 1691 – Patrick Sarsfield and The Wild Geese sail out of Cork harbour for France. The Flight of the Wild Geese refers to the departure of an Irish Jacobite army under the command of Patrick Sarsfield from Ireland to […]

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Today in Irish History – 21 August:

1693 – Death of Patrick Sarsfield (b. in Lucan), created the first Earl of Lucan, Irish Jacobite and soldier, belonged to an Anglo-Norman family long settled in Ireland. His father Patrick Sarsfield married Anne, daughter of Rory (Roger) O’Moore, who organised the Irish Rebellion of 1641. The family was of Norman origin (by this time, […]

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Today in Irish History – 11 August:

In the Liturgical Calendar it is the Feast Day of Saint Attracta (also called Araght, and Naomh Adhracht in Irish), the patron saint of the parish of Tourlestrane, Co. Sligo. Her legend states that she fled from home and took her vows as a nun under Saint Patrick at Coolavin. She then moved to Lough […]

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Today in Irish History – 11 August:

In the Liturgical Calendar it is the Feast Day of Saint Attracta (also called Araght, and Naomh Adhracht in Irish), the patron saint of the parish of Tourlestrane, Co. Sligo. Her legend states that she fled from home and took her vows as a nun under Saint Patrick at Coolavin. She then moved to Lough […]

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1689 – The Williamite War in Ireland begins (ends 3 October 1691).

William III, Prince of Orange, came from a Dutch family that had become champions of Protestantism in Europe. He invaded England in 1688 and released a manifesto calling for the liberation of the country from the rule of the Catholic King James II. Supporters of James II were called Jacobites, but they were in a […]

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