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PostSubject: On this day 12 April in Irish History   Sat Apr 12, 2008 2:45 am

12 April, 1816: Charles Gavan Duffy was born in Co. Monaghan. Self-educated as a journalist, Duffy would found the Nation, a nationalist weekly journal, along with Thomas Davis and John Dillon in 1842.



12 April 1847 - The American relief ship, Jamestown, lands supplies in Cork for victims of the Famine.


12 April 1916 - Roger Casement sets sail from Germany to Ireland aboard a German U-boat.


12 April 1928: First aircraft to make the East – West crossing of the Atlantic. The crew was Colonel James Fitzmaurice, Captain Kohl, and Baron von Heunfeld. They left Baldonnel airfield on the aircraft ‘Bremen’ and flew all the way to Greenly Island, Newfoundland, where they made a forced landing after a flight of 2,300 miles in just over 36 hours.
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PostSubject: Re: On this day 12 April in Irish History   Sat Apr 12, 2008 4:17 am

Does the fact that it is also my birthday count? Razz
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PostSubject: Re: On this day 12 April in Irish History   Sat Apr 12, 2008 12:27 pm

notdevsson wrote:
Does the fact that it is also my birthday count? Razz

Aries - could have guessed.

Have a good one. jocolor drunken king
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PostSubject: Re: On this day 12 April in Irish History   Sat Apr 12, 2008 12:33 pm

notdevsson wrote:
Does the fact that it is also my birthday count? Razz

Have a nice one! cheers bounce sunny
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PostSubject: Re: On this day 12 April in Irish History   Sat Apr 12, 2008 12:35 pm

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12 April 1928: First aircraft to make the East – West crossing of the Atlantic. The crew was Colonel James Fitzmaurice, Captain Kohl, and Baron von Heunfeld. They left Baldonnel airfield on the aircraft ‘Bremen’ and flew all the way to Greenly Island, Newfoundland, where they made a forced landing after a flight of 2,300 miles in just over 36 hours.

I have a notion there's a monument and all kinds of recognition of Fitzmaurice in Portlaoise. A very interesting airplane artwork and a place named after him.
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PostSubject: Re: On this day 12 April in Irish History   Sat Apr 12, 2008 12:52 pm

Kate P wrote:
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12 April 1928: First aircraft to make the East – West crossing of the Atlantic. The crew was Colonel James Fitzmaurice, Captain Kohl, and Baron von Heunfeld. They left Baldonnel airfield on the aircraft ‘Bremen’ and flew all the way to Greenly Island, Newfoundland, where they made a forced landing after a flight of 2,300 miles in just over 36 hours.

I have a notion there's a monument and all kinds of recognition of Fitzmaurice in Portlaoise. A very interesting airplane artwork and a place named after him.

How very brave they were, the early pilots. Did I here that something like the first ten or elevent to try the Atlantic didn't make it? Much more dangerous that today's space travel, which is an amazing thought.
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