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1547 – Henry VIII suppresses the Chapter of St Patrick’s…Read More »
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#OTD in 2001 – Irish soil is sprinkled over the casket of Sister Theresa Egan as more than 2,000 mourners attend her funeral in St Lucia.
Irish soil is sprinkled over the casket of Sr Theresa…Read More »
#OTD in 1922 – Dáil Éireann votes 64 to 57 to accept the Anglo-Irish Treaty, creating the Irish Free State, setting the scene for the Irish Civil War.
Possibly the saddest day in Irish history when a vote…Read More »
1878 – Death of John O’Neill. Born in Co Monaghan,…Read More »
#OTD in 1839 – The Night Of The Big Wind or Oíche na Gaoithe Moire takes place; the most damaging storm in Irish history, some winds are estimated in excess of 130 mph.
One of the worst storms in Irish history took place…Read More »
#OTD in 1915 – Roger Casement visits Limburg after the full contingent of prisoners had reached the camp.
Casement is now doubtful as to whether the Brigade would…Read More »
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1581 – Birth of prolific scholar and church leader, James…Read More »
In the Liturgical Calendar, today is Epiphany and Little Christmas…Read More »
British authorities release over thirty Fenian prisoners including John Devoy…Read More »
Jennie Wyse Power, born Jane O’Toole, in Baltinglass, Co Wicklow…Read More »
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In Irish mythology, Donn is a god of the dead….Read More »
1826 – Separate Irish currency is abolished and replaced by…Read More »
Irish rock star, bassist, singer and founder of Thin Lizzy,…Read More »
#OTD in 1925 – Nellie Cashman known variously as the ‘Angel of the Yukon’ and ‘Angel of the mining camp’ dies in Victoria, British Columbia aged seventy-nine.
Nellie was born in the farming village of Midleton a…Read More »
James Ussher and His Chronology by Jerry Bergman, Ph.D. …Read More »
#OTD in 1921 – Martial law is extended to counties Clare, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford from this date.
During the Easter Rising in 1916, Lord Wimborne, a cousin…Read More »
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Born in Co Westmeath, in a career which spanned almost…Read More »
The Dublin Julian Day (DJD) is the number of days…Read More »
1601 – Red Hugh O’Donnell leaves Ireland for Spain; Hugh…Read More »
#OTD in 1821 – Lady Jane Francesca Wilde is born in Co Wexford. Author, poet and the mother of Oscar Wilde, she is also known as Sperenza.
Jane Francesca Agnes Elgee, later Lady Wilde and mother of…Read More »
After the crushing defeat at Kinsale and most of his…Read More »
New Year’s Eve or Old Year’s Night on the Gregorian…Read More »
#OTD in 1870 – Philanthropist and founder and director of homes for poor children, Thomas Barnardo, founded a boys’ orphanage at Stepney Causeway, in London.
Thomas John Barnardo was an Irish philanthropist and founder and…Read More »
Born Mary Anne Madden in Cootehill, Co Cavan, Sadlier published…Read More »
In December of the year 999, after celebrating Christmas on…Read More »
As New Year dawns may it lead you to the…Read More »
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999 – The Battle of Glenn Máma. 1691 – Robert…Read More »
#OTD in 1937 – The new Constitution of Ireland (Bunreacht na hÉireann) repealed the 1922 Constitution, and came into effect on this date.
The Irish Constitution, accepted by national vote in July became…Read More »
#OTD in 1972 – President of Sinn Féin, Ruairi Ó Bradaigh, is arrested and held under legislation in the Republic of Ireland.
Ruairí Ó Brádaigh (1932–2013), republican and political activist, was born…Read More »
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Ireland is a country that has historically been involved in…Read More »
In the Liturgical Calendar, today is the Feast of the…Read More »
Constitution Day (Ireland) 1766 – Richard Dawson, MP for Monaghan…Read More »
#OTD in 1918 – Constance Markievicz while detained in Holloway prison, became the first woman to be elected MP to the British House of Commons.
“I went out to fight for Ireland’s freedom and it…Read More »
Kinard Beach, Dingle Peninsula, Co Kerry @matthewmurphyphotography By: Stair na…Read More »
#OTD in 1938 – Birth of actor, singer and writer, Frank, Kelly, in Blackrock, Dublin. He played Father Jack Hackett in the Channel Four sitcom, Father Ted. ￼
His career covered television, radio, theatre, music, screenwriting and film….Read More »
Born in 1828 in Co Galway, Augustus Burke was a…Read More »
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Christmas Day is one of the four Irish Quarter days….Read More »
#OTD in 1601 – The Battle of Kinsale | Hugh O’Neill and Red Hugh O’Donnell are heavily defeated by Mountjoy.
If any one single battle of Ireland’s Nine Years War…Read More »
It is traditional to swim in the sea on Christmas…Read More »
Clancy was born into a musical family in Miltown Malbay,…Read More »
An Irish Christmas Blessing By: Stair na hÉireannTitle: An Irish…Read More »
It was thought that on Christmas Eve the gates of…Read More »
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Francis Skeffington, writer and pacifist, was born in Bailieborough, Co…Read More »
James Tuke “The people were turned out of doors and…Read More »
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1686 – Birth of writer, economist and philanthropist, Samuel Madden,…Read More »
Born in Rush, Dublin, Clarke worked for the Sinn Féin…Read More »
WINTER, a sharp bitter day the robin turns plump against…Read More »
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The Flight of the Wild Geese refers to the departure…Read More »
Today is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day and longest…Read More »
1691 – Patrick Sarsfield and The Wild Geese sail out…Read More »
#OTD in 1866 – Birth of Irish revolutionary and patriot, Maud Gonne MacBride, near Farnham, Surrey, England.
Maud Gonne was an Irish revolutionary, suffragette, actress and a…Read More »
#OTD in 1948 – The Republic of Ireland Act is signed into law by President Seán T. O’Kelly at Áras an Uachtaráin in the presence of the Government of Ireland.
The Republic of Ireland Act 1948 is an Act of…Read More »
#OTD in 1796 – Wolfe Tone writes in near despair of efforts to land French invasion forces at Bantry Bay.
A French fleet under General Hoche with Wolfe Tone, 43…Read More »
#OTD in 2001 – The pedestrian Ha’penny Bridge across Dublin’s River Liffey is reopened after a multimillion pound restoration.
Dubliners have been crossing the Ha’Penny Bridge free of charge…Read More »
Manannán Mac Lir is one of the most popular deities…Read More »
Dunlewey Co Donegal @cinedroneni By: Stair na hÉireannTitle: 📍Dunlewey ❄️…Read More »
In the Liturgical Calendar, today is the Feast day of…Read More »
Barney McKenna was the last surviving founding member of the…Read More »
They are the remnants of a 5,000 strong garrison maintained…Read More »
From the earliest times mistletoe has been one of the…Read More »
Ballykeel Dolmen, Co Down @okiem_tomka By: Stair na hÉireannTitle: 📍Ballykeel…Read More »
In much the same way that the modern interpretation of…Read More »
1538 – Pope Paul III excommunicates Henry VIII of England….Read More »
#OTD in 1987 – ‘Fairytale of New York’ by the Pogues and Kirsty McColl reaches no. 2 in the UK charts.
Recorded in the summer of 1987 and released later that…Read More »
The Nine Daughters’ Hole is a natural, geological blowhole found…Read More »
Sky Road, Clifden, Connemara @upintheeire By: Stair na hÉireannTitle: 📍Sky…Read More »
1653 – English Interregnum: The Protectorate, Oliver Cromwell becomes Lord…Read More »
1761 – John MacNaghten, a gambler, duellist and criminal, is…Read More »
#OTD in 1796 – A French invasion fleet set sail from Brest with the aim of bringing revolution to Ireland.
“If the men of property will not support us, they…Read More »
#OTD in 1921 – In an extremely hostile environment over the Treaty debate, Michael Collins smells some dirty work and addresses the House.
MR. MICHAEL COLLINS: Mr. Speaker, there is just a little…Read More »
Local legend mourns the 17th century story of Finvola, the…Read More »
#OTD in 1761 – John MacNaghten, a gambler, duellist and criminal, is hanged at Strabane jail for his involvement in the killing of Mary Anne Knox, daughter of Andrew Knox MP.
One of the earliest recorded public hangings associated with Lifford…Read More »
1585 – Death of Nicholas Walsh, Bishop of Ossory. The…Read More »
#OTD in 1803 – Rebel leader Michael Dwyer, whose guerrilla attacks had maddened British colonial authorities since 1798, surrenders.
Michael Dwyer of Imaal, Co Wicklow, joined the United Irishmen…Read More »
#OTD in 1831 – A Proctor and 13 Constables are killed by tithe protesters at Carrickshock, Co Kilkenny.
In Ireland, tithes were not introduced until the Synod of…Read More »
Born in Connemara, Co Galway in 1932, Peter O’Toole was…Read More »
Errigal Mountain, Co Donegal @conorcorbett By: Stair na hÉireannTitle: 📍Errigal…Read More »
Brush the floor and clean the hearth,And set the fire…Read More »