1567 – Shane O’Neill’s army crosses the Swilly estuary at Farsetmore, and is defeated in a pitched battle by Hugh O’Donnell. Many drown while trying to escape; O’Neill loses 1,300 men.

The Battle of Farsetmore was fought near Letterkenny in County Donegal, on 8 May 1567, between the O’Neill and O’Donnell Túath. Shane O’Neill, chief of the O’Neills of Tyrone, was defeated by Aodh mac Maghnusa Ó Domhnaill (Hugh O’Donnell) and the O’Donnells freed themselves from O’Neill aspirations of ruling Ulster as its King. If Elizabeth, […]

Read More
Advertisements

Today in Irish History – 6th April:

1830 – James Augustine Healy, the first black Roman Catholic bishop in America, was born to an Irish planter and a slave on a plantation near Macon, Georgia. 1889 – Actor Barry Macollum is born. 1895 – Oscar Wilde is arrested (in Cadogan Hotel, London) after losing a libel case against the John Sholto Douglas, […]

Read More

Today in Irish History – 3rd March:

1592 – A charter incorporates the College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, near Dublin, later to become known as Trinity College. 1766 – Four pirates are found guilty in Dublin of murdering on the high seas Captain Cochrane, Captain Glass and others, and of plundering and scuttling the Lord Sandwich; they are executed in […]

Read More

1871 – Joseph Devlin, Belfast Nationalist, is born.1

Born on Hamill Street, February 1871, at the Falls Road area of Belfast, Joseph Devlin was an exact contemporary of his Unionist opponent James Craig. Devlin received only primary education from the Christian Brothers and worked as a ‘potboy,’ a glass collector and ‘bottle washer’ in a Belfast pub before finding employment as a journalist […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

1922 – IRA Kidnaps More than Forty Loyalist Supporters.

In mid-January 1922 the Monaghan football team was arrested in the North on their way to play Derry in the final of the Ulster Championship. On 7th February the I.R.A. responded by kidnapping forty-two prominent loyalists in Fermanagh and Tyrone and held them as hostages. A party of eighteen armed B-Specials, when travelling by train […]

Read More

Today in Irish History – 7th February:

1865 – Double Medal of Honor recipient John King is born in Ballinrobe, County Mayo. 1873 – Death in Dublin of Joseph Sheridan LeFanu. Journalist, novelist, and short story writer, he is often called the father of the modern ghost story. Although Le Fanu was one of the most popular writers of the Victorian era, […]

Read More

1981 – Northern Ireland civil rights campaigner and former Westminster MP, Bernadette McAliskey, is shot by gunmen who burst into her home at Coalisland in County Tyrone.

Josephine Bernadette Devlin McAliskey (born 23 April 1947), usually known as Bernadette Devlin or Bernadette McAliskey, is an Irish socialist and republican political activist. She served as a Member of the UK Parliament from 1969 to 1974 for the Mid Ulster constituency, in which role she famously slapped the Home Secretary, Reginald Maudling, as a […]

Read More