1581 – The Wexford Martyrs were hanged, drawn and quartered.

The Wexford Martyrs were Patrick Cavanagh, Matthew Lambert, Edward Cheevers, Robert Tyler and two others whose names are not known. They were found guilty of treason for aiding in the escape of James Eustace, Viscount Baltinglass. James Eustace, whose family had links with Clongowes Wood Castle, now a Jesuit boarding school near Dublin, joined the […]

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Today in Irish History – 13 May:

1787 – On this date, which is a Sunday, Alderman Exshaw, accompanied by Archdeacon Hastings, is walking in Merrion Square, Dublin, when he encounters ‘a great number of people, leaping, wrestling, shouting, etc.’ The archdeacon observes that this activity profanes the Sabbath and is a disgrace to Exshaw’s district. The latter orders the police to […]

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Today in Irish History – 1 October:

1600 – Robert Grave, Church of Ireland Bishop of Ferns and Leighlin, and his family drown in Dublin Bay on their way home to Wexford by sea. 1796 – The Royal College of St. Patrick, a Catholic seminary, is opened in Maynooth, Co. Kildare. 1751 – Cornelius Bolton, politician, Volunteer and improving landlord is born. […]

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Today in Irish History – 29 September:

In the liturgical calendar, today is the Feast of St. Michael, the Archangel. 1155 – A proposal for the invasion of Ireland by Henry II is discussed at the Council of Winchester and rejected, though soon after, Henry obtains a papal privilege approving the invasion. 1603 – Rory O’Donnell kisses the king’s hand and is […]

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1920 – Oliver Plunkett is beatified by Pope Benedict XV.

Saint Oliver Plunkett was the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland who was the last victim of the Popish Plot. Plunkett was beatified in 1920 and canonised in 1975, the first new Irish saint for almost seven hundred years and the first of the Irish martyrs to be beatified. For the […]

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Today in Irish History – 29 September:

In the liturgical calendar, today is the feast of St. Michael, the Archangel. 1155 – A proposal for the invasion of Ireland by Henry II is discussed at the Council of Winchester and rejected, though soon after, Henry obtains a papal privilege approving the invasion. 1603 – Rory O’Donnell kisses the king’s hand and is […]

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Today in Irish History – 3 September:

In the liturgical calendar, it is the feast day of St. MacNis, baptised by St. Patrick, and later consecrated Bishop by the Saint. 1654 – The first Protectorate parliament meets; Ireland is represented by 30 members. 1658 – Nine years after the Siege of Drogheda starts, Oliver Cromwell dies. He is probably the most reviled […]

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Today in Irish History – 13th May:

1787 – On this date, which is a Sunday, Alderman Exshaw, accompanied by Archdeacon Hastings, is walking in Merrion Square, Dublin, when he encounters ‘a great number of people, leaping, wrestling, shouting, etc.’. The archdeacon observes that this activity profanes the Sabbath and is a disgrace to Exshaw’s district. The latter orders the police to […]

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