#OTD in 1904 – Death of politician, William Russell Grace. Born in Ballylinan, Co Laois, he was the first Roman Catholic mayor of New York and the founder of W. R. Grace and Company.

Grace was born in Ballylinan, Co Laois to James Grace and Eleanor May Russell (Ellen) while the family was away from home, and raised on Grace property at Ballylinan near the town of Athy, He was a member of the prominent and well-to-do family. In 1846, Grace sailed for New York against the wishes of […]

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Today in Irish History – 10th May:

1318- Richard de Clare, while defending his protégé Mahon O’Brien, is defeated and killed by Murrough O’Brien at Dysert O’Dea. De Clare’s heir is a minor; Norman-Irish power in Thomond is thus undermined. 1603 – In the revolt of the towns, or recusancy revolt, Catholic worship is re-established in Kilkenny and the main Munster towns […]

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Today in Irish History – 21st March:

1181 – John Cumin (or Comyn) is elected archbishop of Dublin and consecrated by the pope at Velletri on this date. He is the first Englishman to be appointed to an Irish see. 1656 – Death of Bishop James Ussher. The Dublin-born cleric deduced from biblical studies the exact date of the Creation (October 23rd,4004 […]

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