#OTD in 1745 – At the Battle of Fontenoy, near Tourney in modern Belgium, the Irish Brigade of the French army under Lieutenant Charles O’Brien repulses the British and wins the day.

The role of the Irish Brigade at the Battle of Fontenoy, where the French army won a notable victory over the British and Dutch, has been regarded as the greatest of Irish battle honours. However, this event is now largely forgotten, at least in this country. But that they once loomed very large in the […]

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Today in Irish History – 16 September:

1732 – Birth in Castletown, Co. Clare of Thomas O’Gorman, physician, wine trader and courtier in France; made a chevalier by Louis XV. 1798 – Small French force under James Napper Tandy makes brief landing on Rutland Island, Co. Donegal. 1798 – Belfast United Irish leaders arrested. 1808 – William Trench, land agent and author, […]

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Today in Irish History – 10th February:

1800 – The House of Lords votes for the Act of Union which sees Ireland lose its own parliament, direct rule is imposed on Ireland and “the united kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland” is created. 1844 – Daniel O’Connell is convicted of “conspiracy,” fined and sentenced to 12 months in prison. 1889 – Richard […]

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