1920 – Birth of Joe Cahill, a prominent Irish republican and former Chief of Staff of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA).

Joe was known for his comment. “I was born in a united Ireland, I want to die in a united Ireland”. In May 1920, Cahill was born in Divis Street in west Belfast where his parents had been neighbours with Irish revolutionary James Connolly. Cahill was the first child in a family of thirteen siblings […]

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Today in Irish History – 23 January:

1774 – Dudley Cosby (Baron Sydney), former MP for Carrick, commits suicide: ‘Our domestic news is first the death of Lord Sydney occasioned by a dose of Danish poison. His lordship to render himself agreeable to his lady upon their marriage stopped two issues he had in his thighs but found no ill effects until […]

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Today in Irish History – 2 September:

1022 – Máel Sechnaill II, The High King of Ireland, dies. 1752 – The Gregorian calendar is adopted in Ireland and Britain, 170 years after mainland Europe: 2 September is followed by 14 September. 1731 – Birth of Sir Lucius O’Brien, opposition politician, once described as ‘a man who disagrees with the rest of mankind […]

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2004 – Death of Joe Cahill, a prominent Irish republican and former Chief of Staff of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA).

“I was born in a united Ireland, I want to die in a united Ireland”. –Joe Cahill In May 1920, Cahill was born in Divis Street in west Belfast where his parents had been neighbours with Irish revolutionary James Connolly. Cahill was the first child in a family of thirteen siblings born to Joesph and […]

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Today in Irish History – 2 September:

1022 – Maelsechlainn II – “The great high king of Ireland” – dies. 1649 – Siege of Drogheda begins. 1752 – The Gregorian calendar is adopted in Ireland and Britain, 170 years after mainland Europe: 2 September is followed by 14 September. 1731 – Birth of Sir Lucius O’Brien, opposition politician, once described as ‘a […]

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2000 – More than 20,000 people gather on the streets of West Belfast in memory of IRA teenager, Tom Williams, who was hanged in 1942 for his part in the murder of an RUC man.

Thomas Joseph Williams, more commonly known as Tom Williams, (Tomás Mac Uilliam; 12 May 1923–2 September 1942) was a volunteer in C Company, 2nd Battalion of the Belfast Brigade in the Irish Republican Army from the Bombay Street area of Belfast, Northern Ireland. He was hanged in the Crumlin Road Gaol for his involvement in […]

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