#OTD in 1918 – About 1,500 camogie, football and hurling matches were played across Ireland as part of a GAA protest against recent restrictions on the playing of these games without a permit.

Around 54,000 Gaels participated in the games, which were organised by each of the County Boards and, on the instruction of GAA’s Central Council, were scheduled to commence at the same time: 3pm. In Dublin there were approximately 30 fixtures organised in 22 different venues for which no permit was sought. Games were played at […]

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#OTD in 1815 – Battle of Waterloo, when British forces, under the command of the Duke of Wellington, a Dubliner, defeat Napoleon’s forces.

The Iron Duke wasn’t the only Irish presence on the day — Napoleon’s horse Marengo was reared in Co Wexford, and the Duke of Wellington’s mount was from Co Cork. Arthur Wellesley was born in what is now Dublin’s Merrion Hotel and spent much of his childhood in Ireland, not that he was proud of it. […]

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#OTD in 1919 – The birth of Cairbre, the MGM lion, in Dublin Zoo. He wasn’t African or even Californian, he was a genuine Dub and was named after Cú Chulainn’s charioteer, or a High King of Ireland.

Cairbre, later re-christened Leo and the first MGM lion to roar on the silver screen. The problem is, there were at least 5 MGM lions, all of whom were rechristened Leo. The most likely candidate is this one, photographed being filmed in the early 1930s. Hear him roar (or gently growl) in the MGM video. […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 10 October:

World Mental Health Day 1084 – Patrick, Bishop of Dublin, dies in a shipwreck. 1580 – Over 600 papal troops land at Dún an Óir, Co Kerry, to support a rebellion. After a three-day siege, the English Army behead over 600 Irish and Papal soldiers and civilians. 1711 – The Linen Board meets for the […]

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Today in Irish History – 10 October:

World Mental Health Day World Homeless Day 1084 – Patrick, Bishop of Dublin, dies in a shipwreck. 1580 – Over 600 papal troops land at Dún an Óir, Co Kerry, to support a rebellion. After a three-day siege, the English Army behead over 600 Irish and Papal soldiers and civilians. 1711 – The Linen Board […]

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Today in Irish History – 10 October:

Old Michaelmas Day – Celtic holiday. Old Michaelmas Day falls (11 October according to some sources). According to an old legend, blackberries should not be picked after this date. This is because, so folklore goes, Satan was banished from Heaven on this day, fell into a blackberry bush and cursed the brambles as he fell […]

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1922 – Royal Irish Constabulary holds its final parade.

In 1922, with the partition of Ireland, the RIC is disbanded and replaced by separate forces in north and south. This disbandment is not opposed by the force, many of the officers having already called for it. By the beginning of February 1922, the disbandment has begun and by the end of March the RIC […]

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