#OTD 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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#OTD in Irish History – 14 February:

St Valentine’s Day, commonly shortened to Valentine’s Day, is a holiday observed on 14 February honouring one or more early Christian martyrs named St Valentine. 1628 – Valentine Greatrakes, or Greatorex, a physician who is known as the ‘touch doctor’, is born in Affane, Co Waterford. 1700 – A subsidy is authorised to Louis Crommellin […]

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1919 – Soloheadbeg ambush: Two members of the Royal Irish Constabulary are shot dead by Irish Volunteers including, Seán Treacy and Dan Breen, in an ambush at Soloheadbeg, Co Tipperary.

On the same day, the first Dáil was meeting, an ambush takes place at Soloheadbeg, Co Tipperary that is now seen as being the opening skirmish in the War of Independence. An unauthorised attack led by Seán Treacy and Dan Breen resulted in the deaths of two RIC constables, James McDonnell and Patrick O’Connell. Although […]

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1969 – Death of Politician and IRA leader during the War of Independence and Civil War, Dan Breen.

Dan Breen was an iconic IRA figure in both the War of Independence and also the Civil War. Breen was involved in what is accepted as the first action of the War of Independence (1919-1921) when with Sean Treacy and others, he ambushed and killed two RIC (Royal Irish Constabulary) constables James McDonnell and Patrick […]

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1920 – Sinn Féin County Councillor John Lynch of Kilmallock, Limerick was assassinated by British agents at the Exchange Hotel Dublin.

At 1.15 am Captain Geoffrey Thomas Baggallay, a “one-legged” courts-martial officer had phoned Dublin Castle telling of John Lynch’s presence at the Exchange Hotel. A group of 12 soldiers entered the Exchange Hotel, wearing military caps and long black Burberry coats. They held the hotel porter, William Barrett, at gunpoint. After consulting the register they […]

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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 – 14 February:

St Valentine’s Day, commonly shortened to Valentine’s Day, is a holiday observed on 14 February honouring one or more early Christian martyrs named St Valentine. 1628 – Valentine Greatrakes, or Greatorex, a physician who is known as the ‘touch doctor’, is born in Affane, Co Waterford. 1700 – A subsidy is authorised to Louis Crommellin […]

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1919 – Two members of the RIC are shot dead by Irish Volunteers, including Seán Treacy and Dan Breen in an ambush at Soloheadbeg, Co Tipperary.

On the same day, the first Dáil was meeting, an ambush takes place at Soloheadbeg, Co Tipperary that is now seen as being the opening skirmish in the War of Independence, a war that would ultimately see much of Ireland gain independence from Britain. An unauthorised attack led by Seán Treacy and Dan Breen resulted […]

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1969 – Dan Breen, IRA leader during War of Independence dies.

Dan Breen was an iconic IRA figure in both the War of Independence and also the Civil War. Breen was involved in what is accepted as the first action of the War of Independence (1919-1921) when with Sean Treacy and others, he ambushed and killed two RIC (Royal Irish Constabulary) constables James McDonnell and Patrick […]

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1920 – Sinn Féin County Councilor John Lynch of Kilmallock, Limerick was assassinated by British agents at the Exchange Hotel Dublin.

At 1.15 am Captain Geoffrey Thomas Baggallay, a “one-legged” courts-martial officer had phoned Dublin Castle telling of John Lynch’s presence at the Exchange Hotel. A group of 12 soldiers entered the Exchange Hotel, wearing military caps and long black Burberry coats. They held the hotel porter, William Barrett, at gunpoint. After consulting the register they […]

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