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PostSubject: On This Day 1st August in Irish History   Fri Aug 01, 2008 12:17 pm

1166- Dermot MacMurrough, King of Leinster and ally of Muirchertach Mac Lochlainn, was defeated in battle by Rory O'Connor and forced to flee from Ireland. He enlisted the aid of the Normans to reconquer his kingdom and the rest is hiatory.

1535- John Travers, Chancellor of St Patrick's Cathedral, was executed for high treason at Oxmantown Green for conspiring with Lord Offaly.

1649- The Earl of Ormond attempted to capture
for the Royalist cause from the parliamentarians under Colonel Michael Jones. During the night, Ormond ordered Major-General Purcell to fortify Baggotrath castle, a mile from the city, under cover of darkness. Purcell was delayed and was unable to secure the position.

1714- George the Elector of Hanover succeeded to the throne of
England and Ireland as George I, following the death of Queen Anne.

1800- The Act of Union (Ireland) Act was passed. Setting up the Union required two acts of parliament for some reason. Another one, the Union with Ireland Act 1800 was passed in July.

1822- The Irish Constabulary Act set up county police forces and a salaried magistracy

1872- William Gladstone's first Land Act was passed into law. It decreed that tenants who were evicted had to be compensated for improvements that they had made to the property and that tenants who were evicted for any reason other than non payment of rent should also be compensated.

France and Germany mobilized their armies. Germany declared war on Russia

1917- During the period August 1917 to March 1918, Captain James McCudden, 56 Sqdn, RFC, showed conspicuous bravery, perseverance, skill and devotion to duty. By March 1918 he had accounted for 51 enemy aircraft. on
16 February 1918 he destroyed three two-seater aeroplanes in the morning patrol and added a fourth on his second sortie. Capt McCudden was KIA at Marquise, France on 9 Jul 1918
. He was awarded the VC in addition to the DSO & Bar, MC & Bar, MM and the French Croix de Guerre. His brothers John and Willy, also RFC pilots, were killed in March 1918 and May 1915 respectively. The McCuddens were sons of an Irish soldier.


1981- Stephen Hunt, footballer, born in Portlaois but lived in Clonea-Power, Co. Waterford. Plays midfield for Reading and the Rep of Ireland. Famous for that tackle on Petr Cech in October 2006.


1938- Maurice Ryan from Tipperary. A member of the Connolly Column killed on the Ebro in the Spanish Civil War during this month.

2007- Tommy Makem, Armagh-born folk singer, died in the US.
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