#OTD in 1847 – Pope Pius IX issued an encyclical called ‘On aid for Ireland’.

Pope Pius IX issued an encyclical letter to the universal church calling for financial relief and prayers for the hunger-stricken Irish. His appeal made a powerful impact on the Catholic world. Money poured into Dublin, the best-known See, from the church’s worldwide organisation. Especially notable were the relief efforts mounted by Catholics in America and […]

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1829 – Fr. John B. Bannon, Confederate Army Chaplain, is born in Roosky, Co Roscommon.

Confederate chaplain and sometime diplomat John B. Bannon is born in Roosky, Co Roscommon. Shortly after being ordained at Maynooth in 1853, he emigrated like so many of his parishioners and settled in St. Louis. For much of the war, he was chaplain to the First Missouri Confederate Brigade. Bannon was captured and released twice […]

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Today in Irish History – 25th March:

In the liturgical calendar, today is the feast day of the Annunciation to Our Lady. 1635 – A shower of hailstones, with stones as large as four inches in circumference, is reported in Castletown, Co. Offaly; a hen is killed and a woman is injured. 1738 – Irish harpist and composer, Turlough O’Carolan, dies at […]

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