#OTD in Irish History – 26 July:

1575 – On the orders of Essex, John Norris and Francis Drake led an attack on Rathlin Island, a stronghold of the MacDonnells. After the surrender of Bruce’s castle, its 200 occupants were killed, as were 400 others found hiding in caves and cliffs. 1739 – George Clinton, first governor of New York State, is […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 26 July:

1575 – On the orders of Essex, John Norris and Francis Drake led an attack on Rathlin Island, a stronghold of the MacDonnells. After the surrender of Bruce’s castle, its 200 occupants were killed, as were 400 others found hiding in caves and cliffs. 1739 – George Clinton, first governor of New York State, is […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 26 July:

1575 – On the orders of Essex, John Norris and Francis Drake led an attack on Rathlin Island, a stronghold of the MacDonnells. After the surrender of Bruce’s castle, its 200 occupants were killed, as were 400 others found hiding in caves and cliffs. 1739 – George Clinton, first governor of New York State, is […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 9 February:

1731 – Birth of Sir Lucius O’Brien, opposition politician; he will eventually be described as ‘a man who disagrees with the rest of mankind by thinking well of himself’. 1846 – Geophysicist and civil engineer, Robert Mallet presented to the Royal Irish Academy his paper, ‘The Dynamics of Earthquakes’, which is considered to be a […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 26 July:

1575 – On the orders of Essex, John Norris and Francis Drake led an attack on Rathlin Island, a stronghold of the MacDonnells. After the surrender of Bruce’s castle, its 200 occupants were killed, as were 400 others found hiding in caves and cliffs. 1739 – George Clinton, first governor of New York State, is […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 13 March:

1784 – Reform Bill in Irish House of Commons. 1791 – Thomas Paine’s The Rights of Man (part 1) – a reply to Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France and a major influence on Irish radicals – is published. 1846 – Ballinlass An Gorta Mór Evictions: Seventy-six tenant farmers and their families (three hundred […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 9 February:

1731 – Birth of Sir Lucius O’Brien, opposition politician; he will eventually be described as ‘a man who disagrees with the rest of mankind by thinking well of himself’. 1854 – Birth of leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, Edward Henry Carson, in Dublin. Lord Carson held numerous positions in the Cabinet of the United […]

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Today in Irish History – 26 July:

1575 – On the orders of Essex, John Norris and Francis Drake led an attack on Rathlin Island, a stronghold of the MacDonnells. After the surrender of Bruce’s castle, its 200 occupants were killed, as were 400 others found hiding in caves and cliffs. 1739 – George Clinton, first governor of New York State, is […]

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Today in Irish History – 13 March:

1784 – Reform Bill in Irish House of Commons. 1791 – Thomas Paine’s The Rights of Man (part 1) – a reply to Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France and a major influence on Irish radicals – is published. 1846 – Ballinglass An Gorta Mór Evictions. 1856 – Birth of Patrick Nally in Balla, […]

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Today in Irish History – 12 February:

1722 – Thomas Burgh, MP for Naas, and Richard Stewart, MP for Strabane, receive the first £2,000 of £8,000 from the Irish parliament for operating their colliery at Ballycastle, Co Antrim. 1782 – The right of habeas corpus is introduced in Ireland. 1818 – Bernardo O’Higgins formally approves the Chilean Declaration of Independence near Concepción, […]

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