#OTD in Irish History | 1 December (Nollaig):

World AIDS Day 1494 – Poynings Law enacted. This forbid the Irish parliament to convene without the King’s prior permission, and all intended legislation had to be approved by him. Coming in the aftermath of the divisive Wars of the Roses, Poynings’ intention was to make Ireland once again obedient to the English monarchy. 1848 […]

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#OTD in Irish History | 30 November:

1667 – Birth in Dublin of Jonathan Swift, poet, satirist and clergyman. 1670 – Birth of rationalist philosopher, freethinker and occasional satirist, John Toland, in Inishowen, Co Donegal. He wrote numerous books and pamphlets on political philosophy and philosophy of religion. He also produced some highly controversial polemics, including the Treatise of the Three Impostors, in […]

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#OTD in 1898 – Birth of novelist, C.S. Lewis, in Belfast.

‘Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.’ –C.S. Lewis Born in Belfast, on 29 November 1898, C.S. Lewis went on to teach at Oxford University and became a renowned apologist writer, using logic and philosophy to support the tenets of his Christian faith. He is also […]

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#OTD in 1921 – After Westminster decided to hand over responsibility for local government to Stormont, Tyrone County Council pledged its allegiance to Dáil Éireann.

Tyrone County Council declared it would not be administered by either of the British-endorsed political bodies on the island of Ireland. Instead, Tyrone County Council announced that it owed its allegiance to Dáil Éireann. This challenge to the Northern Ireland government was met with force four days later, when members of the RIC (now under […]

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#OTD in Irish History | 28 November:

1727 – William Connolly is unanimously re-elected Speaker of the Irish House of Commons. 1848 – ‘Saturday Review’ Racist Anti-Irish Rant. As Ireland haemorrhaged population via starvation and emigration, it received little support from elements of the English press. 1856 – Birth of Cardinal Patrick O’Donnell near Glenties, Co Donegal. 1863 – Foundation of the […]

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#OTD in 1975 – Guinness Book of Records co-founder and editor Ross McWhirter dies of wounds inflicted by IRA gunmen (Harry Duggan and Hugh Doherty).

An outspoken critic of the IRA, the BBC Records Breaker presenter had recently offered a £50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of IRA bombers. His killers were captured and charged with his and nine other murders. Co-author, with this brother Norris McWhirter, of The Guinness Book of World Records. The book was published by the […]

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The Irish Language was Muted During The Great Hunger 1845–52

The Irish were renowned for their love of education and embraced the opportunity to have their children educated only to discover that their native language, if still spoken by the children, was banned from the classroom. The introduction of the notorious ‘tally stick’ ensured that the students did not speak a single word of their […]

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#OTD in Irish History | 26 November:

1594 – Birth of historian and genealogist, James Ware, in Dublin. 1624 – Birth in Dublin of John Stearne, founder and first president of the College of Physicians. 1651 – Death of Henry Ireton, Cromwell’s Son-in-Law. Henry Ireton was effectively Cromwell’s Commander-in-Chief in Ireland. Shortly after the Siege of Limerick ended (27 October) Ireton took […]

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