#OTD in 1881 – Death of Roman Catholic Archbishop of Tuam, and Irish nationalist, John MacHale.

Born in Tubbernavine, Co Mayo, by the time John McHale was five years of age, he began attending a hedge school. Three important events happened during John’s childhood: the United Irishmen Rebellion of 1798; the landing at Killala of French troops, whom the boy, hidden in a stacked sheaf of flax, watched marching through a […]

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#OTD in 1918 – South Armagh by-election campaign begins with Dr Patrick McCartan as the Sinn Féin candidate. 

The election transpired to be one of the most dramatic and memorable contests the area has known. The campaign was a fiercely contested and bitter affair, punctuated not only by allegations and counter allegations, but by physical disturbances. There was also many instances of heckling, speech disturbances and intimidation. These circumstances in which the election […]

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#OTD in 1881 – Death of Roman Catholic Archbishop of Tuam, and Irish nationalist, John MacHale.

Born in Tubbernavine, Co Mayo, by the time John McHale was five years of age, he began attending a hedge school. Three important events happened during John’s childhood: the United Irishmen Rebellion of 1798; the landing at Killala of French troops, whom the boy, hidden in a stacked sheaf of flax, watched marching through a […]

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#OTD in 1918 – South Armagh by-election campaign begins with Dr Patrick McCartan as the Sinn Féin candidate.

The election transpired to be one of the most dramatic and memorable contests the area has known. The campaign was a fiercely contested and bitter affair, punctuated not only by allegations and counter allegations, but by physical disturbances. There was also many instances of heckling, speech disturbances and intimidation. These circumstances in which the election […]

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#OTD in 1881 – Death of Roman Catholic Archbishop of Tuam, and Irish nationalist, John MacHale.

Born in Tubbernavine, Co Mayo, by the time John McHale was five years of age, he began attending a hedge school. Three important events happened during John’s childhood: the United Irishmen Rebellion of 1798; the landing at Killala of French troops, whom the boy, hidden in a stacked sheaf of flax, watched marching through a […]

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