#OTD in 1873 – Birth of businessman and shipbuilder, Thomas Andrews, Jr. in Comber, Co Down.

Thomas Andrews Jr., 39, was born at Ardara House, Comber, Co Down on 7 February 1873, a son of the Right Hon. Thomas Andrews and Eliza Pirrie; he was also a nephew of Lord Pirrie, principal owner of Harland & Wolff. In 1884 Andrews entered the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, but at the age of […]

Read More
Advertisements

1912 – The Titanic anchors at Queenstown (now Cobh), Co Cork.

The doomed ship anchors two miles off shore at Roches Point as the port could not accommodate a ship of its size. 123 mainly 3rd class passengers who had paid 15, 10 shillings for a one way trip embarked. Eight people who boarded at either Southampton or Cherbourg disembarked. Only 48 of the Queenstown passengers […]

Read More

Today in Irish History – 15th April:

1642 – Ormond defeats insurgents at Kilrush, Co. Kildare. 1642 – A Scottish army under Robert Munroe lands at Carrickfergus. 1642 – Irish Confederate Wars: A Confederate Irish militia is routed in the Battle of Kilrush when it attempts to halt the progress of the British Army. 1707 – Birth of Sir Henry Cavendish, MP […]

Read More

1912 – The Titanic, the world’s largest ship built at Belfast’s Harland and Wolfe, hits an iceberg.

Just before midnight in the North Atlantic, the RMS Titanic fails to divert its course from an iceberg, ruptures its hull, and begins to sink. The Titanic was designed by the Irish shipbuilder William Pirrie and spanned 883 feet from stern to bow. Its hull was divided into 16 compartments that were presumed to be […]

Read More

Today in Irish History – 14th April:

1661 – Birth in Dublin of Sir Thomas Molyneux, scientist, archaeologist, physician and MP; first to assert that the Giant’s Causeway is a natural phenomenon. 1848 – In Dublin, the tricolor national flag of Ireland is presented to the public for the first time by Thomas Francis Meagher and the Young Ireland Party. 1886 – […]

Read More

1912 – The Titanic anchors at Queenstown (now Cobh), Cork.

The doomed ship anchors two miles off shore at Roches Point as the port could not accommodate a ship of its size. 123 mainly 3rd class passengers who had paid 15, 10 shillings for a one way trip embarked. Eight people who boarded at either Southampton or Cherbourg disembarked. Only 48 of the Queenstown passengers […]

Read More

Today in Irish History – 11th April:

1603 – In the revolt of the towns, or recusancy revolt, Catholic worship is re-established in Kilkenny and the main Munster towns between this date and 10 May, in the hope that James I will grant religious toleration; Mountjoy marches south and forces the towns to submit. 1700 – Richard Levinge, an Irish MP and […]

Read More

Today in Irish History – 1st April:

April Fools’ Day is celebrated all around the world on the 1st April of every year. Sometimes referred to as All Fools’ Day, 1 April is not a national holiday, but is widely recognised and celebrated as a day where everyone plays all kinds of jokes and foolishness. 1329 – From April onwards there are […]

Read More

Today in Irish History – 27th January:

1850 – Edward J. Smith, captain of the Titanic is born. 1885 – Charles Stewart Parnell turns the first sod for the West Clare Railway. 1923 – Two Republican prisoners are executed in Portlaoise. The two are Joseph Byrne and Patrick Geraghty, commanders of the IRA Offally Brigade. The executions, ‘terrorised’ the Offaly Anti-Treatyites, who […]

Read More