#OTD in Irish History – 10 June:

1642 – The first regularly constituted presbytery in Ireland constituted by Scottish army chaplains meets at Carrickfergus. 1798 – United Irishmen Rebellion: Rebels capture Maynooth in Leinster and Bangor in Ulster. 1834 – Alfred Webb, writer and traveller, is born in Dublin. 1842 – The first number of James MacKnight’s “Banner of Ulster”, the newspaper […]

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#OTD in 1839 – John B. Yeats, painter and father of William Butler and Jack B. Yeats, was born in Tullylish, Co Down.

He is probably best known for his portrait of the young William Butler Yeats which is one of a number of his portraits of Irishmen and women in the Yeats museum in the National Gallery of Ireland. His portrait of John O’Leary (1904) is considered his masterpiece (Raymond Keaveney 2002).   His parents were William […]

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#OTD in 1939 – Death of William Butler Yeats in France.

William Butler Yeats was born in Dublin, the son of painter John Butler Yeats, he spent much of his childhood in Co Sligo which was a huge source of inspiration for him, not least the beautiful ‘Lake Isle of Inisfree’. In 1917, William Butler Yeats published ‘The Wild Swans at Coole’, and from then onward […]

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#OTD in 1901 – Birth of Maeve de Markievicz, daughter of Constance, in Lissadell, Co Sligo.

Maeve, named after the legendary Queen of Connacht, was born to Constance in Lissadell, Co Sligo on 13 November 1901. Her father, Constance’s husband, was Count Casimir Dunin-Markievicz, a nobleman whose family owned an estate at Zywotowka in the Ukraine. He already had a son, Stanislaw, from a previous marriage. Very soon after the birth, […]

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#OTD in 1798 – United Irishman, Bartholomew Teeling, is hanged in Dublin.

Captain Bartholomew Teeling was born in 1774 in Lisburn, Co Antrim. He was a leader of the Irish forces during the Irish Rebellion of 1798 and carried out an act of bravery during the Battle of Collooney. Following his capture at the Battle of Ballinamuck where an Irish-French army under General Humbert was defeated by […]

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The Hannah Shipwreck

The brig Hannah transported emigrants to Canada during The Great Hunger. She is known for the terrible circumstances of her 1849 shipwreck, in which the captain and two officers left the sinking ship aboard the only lifeboat, leaving passengers and the rest of the crew to fend for themselves. Hannah was built at Norton, New […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 10 June:

1642 – The first regularly constituted presbytery in Ireland constituted by Scottish army chaplains meets at Carrickfergus. 1798 – United Irishmen Rebellion: Rebels capture Maynooth in Leinster and Bangor in Ulster. 1834 – Alfred Webb, writer and traveller, is born in Dublin. 1842 – The first number of James MacKnight’s “Banner of Ulster”, the newspaper […]

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#OTD in 1839 – Birth of painter and father of William B. and Jack B. Yeats, John Butler Yeats, in Tullylish, Co Down.

He is probably best known for his portrait of the young William Butler Yeats which is one of a number of his portraits of Irishmen and women in the Yeats museum in the National Gallery of Ireland. His portrait of John O’Leary (1904) is considered his masterpiece (Raymond Keaveney 2002). His parents were William Butler […]

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#OTD in 1939 – Death of William Butler Yeats in France.

William Butler Yeats was born in Dublin, the son of painter John Butler Yeats, he spent much of his childhood in Co Sligo which was a huge source of inspiration for him, not least the beautiful ‘Lake Isle of Inisfree’. In 1917, William Butler Yeats published ‘The Wild Swans at Coole’, and from then onward […]

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#OTD in 1901 – Birth of Maeve de Markievicz, daughter of Constance, in Lissadell, Co Sligo.

Maeve, named after the legendary Queen of Connacht, was born to Constance in Lissadell, Co Sligo on 13 November 1901. Her father, Constance’s husband, was Count Casimir Dunin-Markievicz, a nobleman whose family owned an estate at Zywotowka in the Ukraine. He already had a son, Stanislaw, from a previous marriage. Very soon after the birth, […]

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