Irish History

Ireland: Cork - Dublin

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 350

Snakes Alive! It's St Patrick's Day

0432-03-17 Saint Patrick, aged about 16 is captured by Irish pirates from his home in Great Britain and taken as a slave to Ireland (traditional date)

  • 0456-04-05 Saint Patrick returns to Ireland as a missionary bishop
  • 0512-06-29 A solar eclipse is recorded by a monastic chronicler in Ireland
  • 1014-04-23 King Brian Boru of Ireland defeats Viking forces at Battle of Clontarf, freeing Ireland from foreign control
  • 1264-06-18 The Parliament of Ireland meets at Castledermot in County Kildare, the first definitively known meeting of this Irish legislature
  • 1504-08-19 Battle of Knockdoe, bloodiest battle of medieval Ireland fought in Galway between two Anglo-Irish lords, Gearoid Fitzgerald, Lord Deputy, defeats Ulick Finn Burke

Appointment of Interest

1541-06-18 Irish parliament selects Henry VIII of England as King of Ireland

  • 1546-06-07 Peace of Andres Treaty ends the stalemated Italian War of 1542–1546 of France and the Ottoman Empire against the Holy Roman Empire and England, as well as England's dispute with Scotland and Ireland
  • 1579-06-17 Anti-English uprising in Ireland
  • 1580-11-09 Spanish troops land in Ireland
  • 1596-04-24 Pacificatie of Ireland drawn
  • 1596-10-25 Spanish fleet sails from Lisbon to Ireland
  • 1599-03-27 English nobleman Robert Devereux becomes Lord Lieutenant of Ireland
  • 1599-08-15 Nine Years War: Battle of Curlew Pass - Irish forces led by Hugh Roe O'Donnell successfully ambush English forces, led by Sir Conyers Clifford, sent to relieve Collooney Castle.
  • 1599-09-07 Earl of Essex & Irish rebel Tyrone sign treaty
  • 1602-01-02 Spanish force in Ireland surrender to the English army at Kinsdale
  • 1603-03-30 Battle at Mellifont: English army under Lord Mountjoy beats Irish
  • 1607-09-14 Flight of the Earls from Lough Swilly, Donegal, Ireland

Historic Event

1625-03-27 Charles I, King of England, Scotland and Ireland ascends the English throne

  • 1631-06-20 The sack of Baltimore: the Irish village of Baltimore is attacked by Algerian pirates
  • 1634-02-25 Irish captain Walter Devereaux kills Duke Wallenstein
  • 1634-11-11 Following pressure from Anglican bishop John Atherton, the Irish House of Commons passes "An Act for the Punishment for the Vice of Buggery".
  • 1641-10-23 Outbreak of the Irish Rebellion of 1641 - Catholic uprising in Ulster
  • 1647-08-08 The Irish Confederate Wars and Wars of the Three Kingdoms: Battle of Dungans Hill - English Parliamentary forces defeat Irish forces.

Historic Event

1649-09-11 Massacre of Drogheda, Ireland - Oliver Cromwell kills 3,000 royalists

  • 1651-10-27 English troops occupy Limerick, Ireland
  • 1653-12-16 Parliamentarian General Oliver Cromwell appointed as Lord Protector of England, Scotland and Ireland
  • 1657-02-04 Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland, grants residency to Luis Caravajal
  • 1689-03-12 Former English King James II lands in Ireland

Historic Event

1690-03-16 French King Louis XIV sends troops to Ireland

Historic Event

1690-06-11 English king William III departs to Ireland

Historic Event

1695-01-13 Jonathan Swift ordained an Anglican priest in Ireland

Historic Event

1702-03-08 James II's daughter Anne Stuart becomes Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland following the death of William III

  • 1784-02-04 1st unmanned balloon flight in Ireland
  • 1785-01-19 First manned balloon flight in Ireland
  • 1798-05-24 Irish Rebellion of 1798 led by the United Irishmen against British rule begins
  • 1798-05-26 British kill about 500 Irish insurgents at the Battle of Tara
  • 1798-05-27 The Battle of Oulart Hill takes place in Wexford, Ireland, large rebel force kills local militia
  • 1798-06-05 The Battle of New Ross: The attempt to spread United Irish Rebellion into Munster is defeated

Historic Event

1798-08-22 French troops land in Kilcummin harbour in County Mayo, Ireland, to aid Wolfe Tone's United Irishmen's Irish Rebellion

  • 1798-08-27 Battle of Castlebar, Ireland: French army and Irish rebels rout a larger the British force

United Kingdom Forms

1801-01-01 The Irish Parliament votes to join the Kingdom of Great Britain, forming the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

  • 1804-03-04 The Battle of Vinegar Hill, colony of New South Wales (Australia), when Irish convicts (some of whom had been involved in Ireland's Battle of Vinegar Hill in 1798) led the colony's only significant convict uprising.
  • 1810-12-15 1st Irish magazine in US, "Shamrock" published
  • 1817-07-12 1st flower show held in Dannybrook, County Cork, Ireland
  • 1832-06-07 Asian cholera reaches Quebec, brought by Irish immigrants, and kills about 6,000 people in Lower Canada
  • 1837-06-11 The Broad Street Riot occurs in Boston, fueled by ethnic tensions between English-Americans and Irish-Americans
  • 1839-01-06 2 day storm off Irish & English coast immortalized as the "Big Wind"
  • 1843-10-14 British arrest Irish nationalist Daniel O'Connell for conspiracy
  • 1847-03-25 Pope Pius issues IX encyclical "On aid for Ireland"
  • 1847-11-10 The passenger ship Stephen Whitney is wrecked in thick fog off the southern coast of Ireland, killing 92 of the 110 on board. The disaster results in the construction the Fastnet Rock lighthouse.
  • 1848-07-29 Irish Potato Famine: Tipperary Revolt - an unsuccessful nationalist revolt against British rule put down by police
  • 1852-01-01 National debt of Britain & Ireland is 765,126,582 pounds
  • 1852-03-01 Archibald William Montgomerie, 13th Earl of Eglinton appointed Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.
  • 1863-04-13 Battle of Irish Bend, Louisiana (Fort Bisland)
  • 1866-06-01 Renegade Irish Fenians from US invade Fort Erie, Ontario
  • 1866-06-02 Renegade Irish Fenians surrender to US forces
  • 1868-04-07 Thomas D'Arcy McGee, one of the Canadian Fathers of Confederation is assassinated by the Irish, in one of the few Canadian political assassinations, and only federal politician
  • 1870-05-10 Jem Mace & defends his heavyweight crown against Irish champ Joe Coburn, it lasts 1 hr & 17 minutes, & neither is struck by a punch
  • 1870-05-25 Irish Fenians raid Eccles Hill, Quebec
  • 1870-08-01 Irish Land Act gives rights to tenants of landlords in Ireland
  • 1870-10-19 British steamship SS Cambria wrecked off the north-west of Ireland with the loss of 178 lives
  • 1875-09-01 A murder conviction effectively forces the violent Irish anti-owner coal miners, the "Molly Maguires", to disband
  • 1877-06-21 The Molly Maguires, ten Irish immigrants, are hanged at the Schuylkill County and Carbon County, Pennsylvania prisons
  • 1879-08-21 The Virgin Mary, along with St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist, reportedly appears to the people of Knock, County Mayo, Ireland.
  • 1883-12-26 The Harbour Grace Affray between Irish Catholics and Protestant Orangemen causes five deaths in Newfoundland.
  • 1884-11-01 Gaelic Athletic Association is established in a meeting at Hayes' Hotel, Thurles, County Tipperary; Clare teacher Michael Cusack is credited as founder; objective to promote Irish sport & games

Historic Event

1886-04-08 William Ewart Gladstone introduces the first Irish Home Rule Bill into the British House of Commons.

  • 1886-06-08 First Home Rule Bill for Ireland defeated by 343 votes to 313 in the British House of Common
  • 1889-06-12 88 people are killed in the Armagh rail disaster, Ireland.
  • 1893-07-31 Gaelic League is founded by Douglas Hyde and Eoin MacNeill in order to encourage Irish people to speak the language and take a greater interest in their culture
  • 1893-09-01 Gladstones' Second Home Rule Bill for Ireland passes in the House of Commons but vetoed by The House of Lords by 419 votes to 41
  • 1897-05-18 Irish Music Festival 1st held in Dublin

Historic Publication

1897-05-26 "Dracula" by Irish author Bram Stoker is published by Archibald Constable and Company in London

  • 1899-05-08 The Irish Literary Theatre in Dublin opens
  • 1900-01-05 Irish leader John Edward Redmond calls for a revolt against British rule
  • 1900-05-31 Piet de Law captures Lt Col BE Spragges, 13th Battalion Irish Imperial Yeomanry

Historic Event

1900-09-01 Cumann na nGaedheal (Irish Council) founded by Arthur Griffith in order to promote a buy Irish campaign

  • 1900-09-02 A large demonstration by Nationalists in Dublin's Phoenix Park demand that Ireland be free of British rule
  • 1901-08-05 Peter O'Connor of Ireland, sets the first officially recognised world long jump record at 24' 11 3/4" in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1902-01-08 The United Irish League, a leading force for unification in all Ireland and independence from Britain, holds its convention in Dublin
  • 1904-02-25 J M Synge's "Riders to the Sea" opens at Irish National Theater Society

Historic Event

1907-10-17 Guglielmo Marconi's company begins the first commercial transatlantic wireless service between Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada and Clifden, Ireland

Royal Coronation

1911-06-22 King George V crowned King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Canada, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and all his realms and territories beyond the sea

Historic Event

1912-04-11 RMS Titanic leaves Queenstown, Ireland, for NY

  • 1912-04-11 The UK Parliament introduce a Irish home rule bill, granting Ireland its own bicameral parliament and be required to send a representative to the British House of Commons; Protestants in Ulster resist
  • 1913-01-16 British House of Commons accepts Home Rule for Ireland (but the Great War gets in the way of it happening)
  • 1913-01-30 UK House of Lords rejects Irish Home Rule Bill
  • 1913-07-12 150,000 Ulstermen gather and resolve to resist Irish Home Rule by force of arms; since the British Liberals have promised the Irish nationalists Home Rule, civil war appears imminent
  • 1913-11-23 Jim Larkin and James Connolly establish the Irish Citizens Army in order to protect strikers
  • 1913-11-25 The Irish Volunteers founded in Dublin to "secure the rights and liberties common to all the people of Ireland"
  • 1914-05-25 British House of Commons passes the Irish Home Rule Bill
  • 1914-05-29 Ship rams Canadian ship Empress of Ireland on St Lawrence River; 1,024 die
  • 1914-07-26 Irish Volunteers unload a shipment of 1,500 rifles and 45,000 rounds of ammunition arrive from Germany aboard Erskine Childers' yacht the Asgard; British troops fire on jeering crowd on Bachelors Walk, Dublin, killing three citizens
  • 1914-09-09 Meeting held at Gaelic League headquarters between Irish Republican Brotherhood and other extreme republicans; initial decision made to stage an uprising while Britain is at war

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 631

  • 0521-12-07 Saint Columba, Irish Christian missionary to Scotland, born in Gartan, Ireland (d. 597)

Elizabeth I

1533-09-07 Elizabeth I Tudor [Virgin Queen], Queen of England and Ireland (1558-1603) and daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, born in Greenwich, London (d. 1603)

James I and VI

1566-06-19 James Stuart, King James VI of Scotland (1567-1625) and James I of England and Ireland (1603-25), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1625)

  • 1566-10-13 Richard Boyle, Irish politician, 1st Earl of Cork, born in Canterbury, Kent, England (d. 1643)
  • 1593-04-13 Thomas Wentworth, 1st earl of Strafford and Viceroy of Ireland, born in London, England (d. 1641)
  • 1606-06-16 Arthur Chichester, 1st Earl of Donegall, Irish soldier (d. 1675)

Charles II

1630-05-29 Charles II, King of England, Scotland and Ireland (1660-85), born in St James's Palace, London (d. 1685)

  • 1641-06-30 Meinhardt Schomberg, 3rd Duke of Schomberg, Irish general, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1719)
  • 1644-06-16 Henrietta Anne Stuart, Princess of Scotland, England and Ireland and Duchess of Orléans (d. 1670)
  • 1665-04-29 James Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormonde, Irish statesman and soldier, born in Dublin (d. 1745)

Jonathan Swift

1667-11-30 Jonathan Swift, Irish author and satirist (Gulliver's Travels, A Modest Proposal), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1745)

  • 1670-11-30 John Toland, Irish rationalist philosopher, born in Ardagh, County Donegal, Ireland (d. 1722)
  • 1672-01-04 Hugh Boulter, Irish Archbishop of Armagh (d. 1742)

Richard Steele

1672-03-12 Richard Steele, Irish writer, playwright (The Conscious Lovers) and Whig politician who co-founded "The Spectator" magazine, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1729)

  • 1680-10-19 John Abernethy, Irish Protestant minister (d. 1740)
  • 1685-03-12 George Berkeley, Irish philosopher/bishop of Cloyne
  • 1688-01-18 Lionel Sackville, 1st Duke of Dorset, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, born in Dorset, United Kingdom (d. 1765)
  • 1694-08-08 Francis Hutcheson, Irish philosopher (d. 1746)

Anne Bonny

1702-03-08 Anne Bonny, Irish pirate (date of birth is approximate), born in Kinsale, Ireland (d. 1782)

  • 1703-02-05 Gilbert Tennent, Irish-born religious leader (d. 1764)
  • 1713-03-29 John Ponsonby, Irish politician (d. 1789)
  • 1713-11-24 Laurence Sterne, Irish novelist/satirist (Tristram Shandy)
  • 1718-04-24 Nathaniel Hone, Irish-born portrait and miniature painter, born in Dublin (d. 1784)
  • 1718-04-27 Thomas Lewis, Irish-American surveyor, lawyer, and a pioneer of early Virginia, born in County Donegal, Ireland (d. 1790)
  • 1718-07-05 Francis Seymour-Conway, 1st Marquess of Hertford, Viceroy of Ireland, born in Chelsea, London (d. 1794)
  • 1719-11-23 Spranger Barry, Irish Shakespearean actor, born in Skinner's Row, Dublin (d. 1777)
  • 1721-02-24 John McKinly, Ulster Ireland, American physician
  • 1721-08-13 Francis Hutcheson, Irish composer, born in Dublin (d. 1784)
  • 1722-05-29 James FitzGerald, 1st Duke of Leinster, Irish politician, born in Drogheda, Louth, Ireland (d. 1773)
  • 1725-09-24 Arthur Guinness, Irish brewer and founder of the Guinness brewery, born in Celbridge, County Kildare, Ireland (d. 1803)
  • 1730-11-10 Oliver Goldsmith, Irish novelist and dramatist (She Stoops to Conquer), born in Kilkenny West, Ireland (d. 1774)

William Petty

1737-05-02 William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne, Prime Minister of Great Britain (1782-83), born in Dublin, Kingdom of Ireland (d. 1805)

  • 1738-12-02 Richard Montgomery, Irish General in Continental Army during American Revolutionary War, born in Swords, Dublin (d. 1775)
  • 1751-10-30 Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Irish playwright (The Rivals, The School for Scandal) and Whig MP, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1816)
  • 1754-01-15 Richard Martin, Irish politician & animal rights activist, born in Ballynahinch Castle, Ireland (d. 1834)
  • 1762-06-01 Edmund Ignatius Rice, Irish founder of the Christian Brothers and Presentation Brothers (d. 1844)

Wolfe Tone

1763-06-20 Wolfe Tone, Irish republican and revolutionary figure (United Irishmen), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1798)

  • 1765-10-08 Harman Blennerhassett, Irish lawyer, born in Hampshire, England (d. 1831)
  • 1767-01-01 Maria Edgeworth, Anglo-Irish novelist (d. 1849)
  • 1775-08-06 Daniel O'Connell, Irish politician, born in Cahersiveen, County Kerry, Ireland (d. 1847)
  • 1779-05-28 Thomas Moore, Irish poet and musician, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1852)
  • 1780-04-13 Alexander Mitchell, Irish engineer (inventor of the screw-pile lighthouse), born in Dublin (d. 1868)
  • 1782-07-26 John Field, Irish pianist and composer (Nocturnes), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1837)
  • 1782-09-25 Charles Robert Maturin, Irish playwright and novelist, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1824)
  • 1786-11-12 John Burke, Irish genealogist (Burke's Peerage)
  • 1788-09-12 Alexander Campbell, Irish-American clergyman and Founder of Disciples of Christ, born in Ballymena, County Antrim, Ireland (d. 1866)
  • 1791-12-14 Charles Wolfe, Irish poet, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1823)
  • 1792-04-23 John Romney Robinson, Irish astronomer and physicist, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1882)
  • 1792-09-26 William Hobson, first Governor of New Zealand and co-author of the Treaty of Waitangi, born in Waterford, Ireland (d. 1842)
  • 1793-11-16 Francis Danby, Irish painter, born in County Wexford, Ireland (d. 1861)
  • 1794-02-20 William Carleton, Irish novelist (d. 1869)
  • 1794-05-17 Anna Brownell Jameson, Anglo-Irish historian and writer (Loves of the Poets), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1860)
  • 1797-12-03 Francis Kenrick, Irish-American Archbishop of Baltimore (1851-63), born in Dublin, Kingdom of Ireland (d. 1863)
  • 1798-01-15 Thomas Crofton Croker, Irish story teller (Fairy legends), born in Cork, Ireland (d. 1854)
  • 1798-11-01 Benjamin Guinness, Irish brewer and philanthropist, born in Dublin (d. 1868)
  • 1805-08-04 William Rowan Hamilton, Irish astronomer and mathematician, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1865)
  • 1806-01-25 Daniel Maclise, Irish painter, born in Cork, Republic of Ireland (d. 1870)
  • 1807-09-09 Richard Chenevix Trench, Irish Anglican clergyman and philologist, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1886)
  • 1810-03-10 Samuel Ferguson, Irish poet (d. 1886)
  • 1814-01-10 Aubrey de Vere, Irish poet & critic (Victorian Observer), born in Toreen, Republic of Ireland (d. 1902)
  • 1814-08-28 Sheridan Le Fanu, Irish writer (The House by the Churchyard), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1873)
  • 1815-11-03 John Mitchel, Irish nationalist (Jail Journal), born in Camnish, County Londonderry (d. 1875)

James Donnelly

1816-03-07 James Donnelly, Irish-Canadian patriarch of the Donnelly family (Black Donnelly massacre), born in Ireland (d. 1880)

  • 1818-04-04 Thomas Mayne Reid, Irish-American novelist (The Headless Horseman), born in Ballyroney, County Down, Ireland (d. 1883)

Queen Victoria

1819-05-24 Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom and Ireland (1837-1901), born in London (d. 1901)

  • 1820-08-02 John Tyndall, Irish physicist who demonstrated why the sky is blue and proved that the Earth's atmosphere has a greenhouse effect, born in Leighlinbridge, County Carlow, Ireland (d. 1893)
  • 1821-02-17 Lola Montez, Irish dancer and courtesan, born in Grange, Ireland (d. 1861)
  • 1821-03-19 William Allingham, Ballyshannon, County Donegal, Irish poet (The Fairies, Laurence Bloomfield in Ireland)
  • 1821-12-27 Jane Wilde, Irish poet, nationalist and mother of Oscar Wilde, born in Wexford (d. 1896)

Dion Boucicault

1822-12-26 Dion Boucicault [Dionysus Lardner Boursiquot], Irish actor and playwright (Rip van Winkle, London Assurance), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1890)

  • 1824-12-19 Hercules Robinson, British colonial administrator (Ceylon, Fiji, New Zealand, South Africa), born in County Westmeath Ireland (d. 1897)
  • 1826-02-15 George Johnstone Stoney, Irish physicist (introduced term electron), born in Oakley Park, Ireland (d. 1911)
  • 1830-12-22 Justin M'Carthy, Irish politician and novelist (Miss Misanthrope), born in Cork, Ireland (d. 1912)
  • 1832-03-12 Charles Boycott, Irish estate manager/caused boycotts
  • 1832-09-30 Frederick Sleigh "Bobs" Roberts, British governor of Natal (Ireland-Boer war)
  • 1837-05-28 George Ashlin, Irish architect noted for his work on churches and cathedrals, born in County Cork, Ireland (d. 1921)
  • 1838-09-11 John Ireland, Irish-American archbishop of St Paul (1888-1918), born in Burnchurch, Ireland (d. 1918)
  • 1838-11-20 William Painter, American inventor (crown cork bottle cap and opener), born in Ireland (d. 1906)
  • 1839-03-27 John Ballance, 14th Prime Minister of New Zealand and the founder of the Liberal Party, born in Glenavy, Ireland (d. 1893)

John Philip Holland

1840-02-29 John Philip Holland, Irish engineer and father of the modern submarine, born in Liscannor, Ireland (d. 1914)

  • 1840-03-25 Myles Keogh, U.S. Soldier in U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment & Irish Soldier of Fortune (d. 1876)
  • 1840-07-01 Robert Stawell Ball, Irish mathematician and astronomer (Ball Screw), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1913)
  • 1840-08-17 Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, England, writer (Irish Land League)
  • 1841-07-23 Edmund John Armstrong, Irish poet, born in Dublin (d. 1865)
  • 1843-01-11 Charles Yelverton O'Connor, Irish-Australian engineer (d. 1902)
  • 1843-12-21 Thomas Bracken, Irish-born New Zealand poet, born in Clones, County Monaghan (d. 1898)
  • 1844-12-01 Alexandra, Danish princess, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1925)
  • 1846-06-27 Charles Stewart Parnell, English-Irish Home Rule Party leader, born in Avondale, County Wicklow, Ireland (d. 1891)
  • 1847-05-30 Alice Stopford Green, Irish historian and proponent of Irish independence, born in Kells, Ireland (d. 1929)

Bram Stoker

1847-11-08 Bram Stoker, Irish theater manager and author (Dracula), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1912)

Horatio Kitchener

1850-06-24 Horatio Kitchener, British General who commanded British forces during the Battle of Omdurman (Sudan) and the Second Boer War who became British Secretary of State for War during WWI (1914-16), born in Ballylongford, County Kerry, Ireland (d. 1916)

  • 1851-09-04 John Dillon, Irish nationalist and British Lower house leader, born in Blackrock, Dublin (d. 1927)
  • 1852-02-24 George A Moore, Irish painter/novelist (Esther Waters)
  • 1852-03-05 Isabella Gregory, Irish writer/playwright (Golden Apple)
  • 1852-03-15 Augusta, Lady Gregory, Irish playwright, poet and patron of Yates, born in Roxborough, County Galway
  • 1852-09-30 Charles Villiers Stanford, Irish organist, conductor, composer, and music teacher (Royal College of Music, 1882-1924), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1924)
  • 1854-02-09 Edward Carson, 1st Baron Carson, lawyer/leader (Irish Unionist Party)
  • 1854-03-08 Tom Horan, Australian cricket all-rounder (15 Tests, 1 x 100, 11 wickets; Victoria CA), born in Midleton, Ireland (d. 1916)

Famous Weddings

Bram Stoker

1878-12-04 Novelist Bram Stoker (31) weds Florence Balcombe (20) in Dublin, Ireland

Oscar Wilde

1884-05-29 Irish writer Oscar Wilde marries Constance Lloyd at St. James Church, Paddington, London

George Bernard Shaw

1896-06-01 Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw (41) marries Charlotte Frances Payne-Townshend (41) in Covent Garden, London.

  • 1917-10-21 Irish poet and playwright William Butler Yeats (52) weds Georgie Hyde-Lees (25)
  • 1929-01-30 Mitford sister Diana Mitford (18) marries Irish peer Bryan Walter Guinness (23) in the British society wedding of the year

James Joyce

1931-07-04 Irish writer (Ulysses) James Joyce and Nora Barnacle finally marry in London registry office after meeting in 1904.

  • 1936-09-12 "first Irish movie star" actress Maureen O'Sullivan (25) weds film director John Farrow (32)

Brendan Behan

1955-02-16 Playwright Brendan Behan (32) weds Beatrice Salkeld at Donnybrook Church in Dublin, Ireland

Charles Bronson

1968-10-05 "The Dirty Dozen" actor Charles Bronson (46) weds Jill Ireland

  • 1978-01-24 Rose Dugdale and Eddie Gallagher become the first convicted prisoners to marry in prison in the history of the Republic of Ireland.
  • 1994-07-18 "The Cranberries" lead singer Dolores O'Riordan (22) weds Don Burton (32) in Ireland; divorce in 2014

Wedding of Interest

1999-07-04 Los Angeles Galaxy soccer star player David Beckham (24) weds Spice Girls singer Victoria Beckham (25) at the 560-acre Luttrellstown Castle outside Dublin, Ireland

Pierce Brosnan

2001-08-04 "James Bond" actor Pierce Brosnan (49) weds TV host and journalist Keely Shaye Smith (37) at the 785-year-old Ballintubber Abbey in County Mayo, Ireland

  • 2002-01-05 Former Atomic Kitten member Kerry Katona (21) weds "Westlife" member Brian McFadden (21) at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Rathfeigh, County Meath, Republic of Ireland

Wedding of Interest

2002-06-11 Musician Paul McCartney (59) weds former model and anti-landmines campaigner Heather Mills (34) at Castle Leslie in County Monaghan, Ireland; divorce in 2008

  • 2005-11-02 Irish TV and radio presenter Sile Seoige (26) weds Glen Mulcahy at St. Brendan's Church in County Offaly
  • 2005-12-03 American rock singer Marilyn Manson [Brian Warner] (36) weds burlesque performer Dita Von Teese (33) at Castle Gurteen in County Tipperary, Ireland
  • 2006-08-04 Former Miss Ireland Andrea Roche (30) weds PJ Mansfield at Church of The Nativity of the Blessed Mary in Saggart Village, Dublin
  • 2006-09-14 Former B*Witched member Lindsay Armaou weds former "911" member Lee Brennan at St. Mary's Parish Church in County Wicklow, Ireland

Michael Flatley

2006-10-14 "Celtic Tiger" choreographer Michael Flatley (48) weds fellow dancer Niamh O'Brien at St. Patrick's Church in Fermoy, Ireland

Samantha Power

2008-07-04 Journalist and Diplomat Samantha Power (37) weds law professor Cass Sunstein (53) at Church of Mary Immaculate in County Kerry, Ireland

  • 2011-10-18 Actress, model and singer Bijou Phillips (32) weds actor and disc jockey Danny Masterson (36) at a private castle in Ireland

Sinead O'Connor

2011-12-09 "Nothing Compares 2 U" singer Sinead O'Connor (45) weds Irish therapist Barry Herridge (38) at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas


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Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 308

  • 0461-03-17 Saint Patrick, Patron saint of Ireland, dies in Saul (according to legend)
  • 0546-09-09 St. Ciarán of Clonmacnoise, Irish bishop
  • 0570-01-15 Saint Ita, Irish nun (b. 475)
  • 0583-05-16 Saint Brendan, Irish navigator (b. 484)
  • 0615-11-23 Columbanus, Irish monastery founder, poet and saint (Poenitentiale), dies
  • 0651-08-31 Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne, Irish bishop and missionary
  • 1014-04-23 Brian Boru, High King of Ireland, dies in battle at Clontarf
  • 1171-05-01 Dermot MacMurrough, last Irish King of Leinster, dies
  • 1487-09-30 John Sutton, 1st Baron Dudley, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (b. 1400)
  • 1535-12-31 William Skeffington, Lord Deputy of Ireland (b. 1465)
  • 1559-03-16 Anthony St. Leger, Lord Deputy of Ireland (b. 1496)
  • 1567-06-02 Shane O'Neill, Irish chieftain
  • 1583-06-09 Thomas Radclyffe, 3rd Earl of Sussex, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland
  • 1586-05-05 Henry Sidney, Lord Deputy of Ireland (b. 1529)

Elizabeth I

1603-03-24 Elizabeth I Tudor [Virgin Queen], Queen of England and Ireland (1558-1603) and daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, dies at 69

  • 1605-04-05 Adam Loftus, English Protestant archbishop in Ireland (c.1513)
  • 1616-07-20 Hugh O'Neill, 3rd Earl of Tyrone, Irish soldier

James I and VI

1625-03-27 James Stuart, King James VI of Scotland (1567-1625) and James I of England and Ireland (1603-25), dies of dysentery at 58

  • 1641-05-12 Thomas Wentworth, 1st earl of Strafford and Viceroy of Ireland, beheaded at 48
  • 1643-09-15 Richard Boyle, Irish politician, 1st Earl of Cork, dies at 76
  • 1656-03-21 Armagh James Ussher, Irish Archbishop of Armagh (claimed world began 4004 BC), dies at 76
  • 1667-08-13 Jeremy Taylor, Irish author and bishop (b. 1613)
  • 1670-06-30 Henrietta Anne Stuart, Princess of England, Scotland, and Ireland (b. 1644)
  • 1675-03-18 Arthur Chichester, 1st Earl of Donegall, Irish soldier (b. 1606)
  • 1680-07-30 Thomas Butler, Earl of Ossory, Irish naval commander (b. 1634)
  • 1680-08-24 Thomas Blood, Irish-born thief of the British crown jewels (b. 1618)
  • 1681-07-01 Oliver Plunkett, Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and last Catholic martyr (later beatified) to die in England, hanged, drawn and quartered for treason at Tyburn at 55

Charles II

1685-02-06 Charles II, King of England, Scotland, and Ireland (1660-85), dies at 54

  • 1691-08-14 Richard Talbot, 1st Earl of Tyrconnel, Irish rebel (b. 1630)
  • 1691-12-30 Robert Boyle, Irish scientist (b. 1627)
  • 1706-04-10 Arthur Chichester, 3rd Earl of Donegall, Irish soldier (b. 1666)
  • 1707-04-29 George Farquhar, Irish dramatist (b. 1678)
  • 1711-06-07 Henry Dodwell, Irish theologian (b. 1641)
  • 1719-07-05 Meinhardt Schomberg, 3rd Duke of Schomberg, Irish general, dies at 78
  • 1721-09-20 Thomas Doggett, British comedy actor (Drury Lane Theatre), dies at approximately 51
  • 1722-03-11 John Toland, Irish rationalist philosopher, dies at 51
  • 1722-04-13 Charles Leslie, Irish Anglican priest, dies at 71
  • 1738-03-25 Turlough O'Carolan, Irish harper and composer (b. 1670)
  • 1742-09-27 Hugh Boulter, Irish Archbishop of Armagh (b. 1672)
  • 1745-11-16 James Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormonde, Irish statesman and soldier, dies at 80
  • 1746-05-22 Thomas Southerne, Irish dramatist (b. 1660)
  • 1751-04-19 Peter Lacy, Irish-born Russian Field marshal (b. 1678)
  • 1764-07-23 Gilbert Tennent, Irish-born religious leader (b. 1703)
  • 1765-10-10 Lionel Sackville, 1st Duke of Dorset, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, dies at 77
  • 1773-11-19 James FitzGerald, 1st Duke of Leinster, Irish politician, dies at 51
  • 1774-04-04 Oliver Goldsmith, Irish novelist and dramatist (She Stoops to Conquer), dies at 45
  • 1774-07-11 Sir William Johnson, 1st Baronet, Irish-born New York pioneer
  • 1777-01-10 Spranger Barry, Irish Shakespearean actor, dies at 57
  • 1784-04-26 (Honora) "Nano" Nagle, Irish Catholic educator and religious order founder (Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, aka Presentation Sisters) dies of tuberculosis at about 66.
  • 1784-08-14 Nathaniel Hone, Irish-born portrait and miniature painter, dies at 66
  • 1788-10-13 Robert Nugent, 1st Earl Nugent, Irish politician and poet (b. 1702)
  • 1789-12-12 John Ponsonby, Irish politician, dies at 76
  • 1790-01-31 Thomas Lewis, Irish-American surveyor, lawyer, and a pioneer of early Virginia, dies at 71
  • 1794-06-14 Francis Seymour-Conway, 1st Marquess of Hertford, Viceroy of Ireland, dies at 75
  • 1794-09-04 John Hely-Hutchinson, Irish statesman (b. 1724)

ExecutionWolfe Tone

1798-11-19 Wolfe Tone, Irish republican and revolutionary figure (United Irishmen), dies at 35 in unclear circumstances on the day he was to be hanged

  • 1803-01-23 Arthur Guinness, Irish brewer and founder of the Guinness brewery, dies at 77
  • 1803-06-24 Matthew Thornton, Irish-American physician (signed Declaration of Independence), dies at 88
  • 1803-09-20 Robert Emmet, Irish nationalist, executed
  • 1806-07-11 James Smith, Irish/US attorney/signer (Declaration of Independence), dies at 87
  • 1816-07-07 Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Irish playwright (The Rivals, The School for Scandal) and Whig MP, dies at 64
  • 1833-06-02 Simon Byrne, Irish bare-knuckle boxer (Irish heavyweight champion), dies as a result of boxing match injuries at 27
  • 1835-04-17 William Henry Ireland, English forger (Shakespearean manuscripts), dies
  • 1837-01-23 John Field, Irish pianist and composer (Nocturnes), dies at 54
  • 1844-08-29 Edmund Ignatius Rice, Irish founder of the Christian Brothers and Presentation Brothers (b. 1762)
  • 1850-08-06 Edward Walsh, Irish poet (b. 1805)
  • 1852-02-25 Thomas Moore, Irish poet and musician, dies at 72
  • 1856-03-11 James Beatty, Irish railway engineer (b. 1820)
  • 1861-01-17 Lola Montez, Irish-born adventurer (b. 1821)
  • 1862-05-21 John Drew, Irish-born American actor and theatre manager, dies from head injuries at 34
  • 1863-07-08 Francis Kenrick, Irish-American Archbishop of Baltimore (1851-63), dies at 65
  • 1865-02-24 Edmund John Armstrong, Irish poet, dies at 23
  • 1865-04-09 Thomas Alfred Smyth, Irish/US Union general-major, dies at 32
  • 1866-03-04 Alexander Campbell, Irish-American clergyman and Founder of Disciples of Christ, dies at 77
  • 1866-10-26 John Kinder Labatt, Irish-Canadian brewer (Labatt Brewing Company) (b. 1803)
  • 1868-05-26 Michael Barrett, Irish nationalist, last British public execution
  • 1869-01-30 William Carleton, Irish novelist (b. 1794)
  • 1869-08-31 Mary Ward, Irish scientist, first automobile accident victim (b. 1827)
  • 1871-02-20 Paul Kane, Irish-Canadian painter, dies at 60
  • 1873-02-07 Sheridan Le Fanu, Irish writer (The House by the Churchyard), dies at 58
  • 1874-08-27 John Henry Foley, Irish sculptor (Prince Albert Memorial), dies at 56
  • 1875-03-20 John Mitchel, Irish nationalist (Jail Journal), dies at 59

Murder of InterestJames Donnelly

1880-02-04 James Donnelly, Irish-Canadian patriarch, murdered along with his family in the "Black Donnelly" massacre at 63

  • 1880-03-02 Sir John MacNeill, Irish civil engineer (b. 1790)
  • 1881-11-07 John MacHale, Irish Archbishop (Tuam) and writer (b. 1791)
  • 1883-05-26 Edward Sabine, Irish astronomer (b. 1788)
  • 1883-10-22 Thomas Mayne Reid, Irish-American novelist (The Headless Horseman), dies at 65
  • 1885-11-26 Thomas Andrews, Irish chemist and physicist (ozone), dies at 71
  • 1886-08-09 Samuel Ferguson, Northern Irish poet and artist (b. 1810)
  • 1889-11-18 William Allingham, Irish poet (Day & Night Songs), dies at 68

Dion Boucicault

1890-09-18 Dion Boucicault [Dionysus Lardner Boursiquot], Irish actor and playwright (Rip van Winkle, London Assurance), dies at 67

  • 1891-10-06 Charles Stewart Parnell, English-Irish Home Rule Party leader, dies at 45
  • 1891-10-11 Charles Stewart Parnells remains buried in Ireland
  • 1893-12-04 John Tyndall, Irish physicist who demonstrated why the sky is blue and proved that the Earth's atmosphere has a greenhouse effect, dies at 73
  • 1896-02-03 Jane Wilde, Irish poet, nationalist and mother of Oscar Wilde, dies at 74
  • 1900-05-31 John Power, Irish baronet and whiskey manufacturer (Powers Whiskey), dies in battle

Oscar Wilde

1900-11-30 Oscar Wilde, Irish playwright and novelist (Importance of Being Earnest, The Picture of Dorian Gray), dies of cerebral meningitis in Paris at 46

  • 1901-01-08 John Barry, Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross, dies during the Second Boer War at 27
  • 1901-02-21 George Francis FitzGerald, Irish mathematician (b. 1851)