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 On this day 15 April in Irish History

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PostSubject: On this day 15 April in Irish History   Tue Apr 15, 2008 5:35 pm

15 April 1840: Daniel O’Connell launched the ‘National Association of Ireland for full and prompt Justice and Repeal’. The Campaign for Repeal of the Union was to give O’Connell some of his greatest moments but eventually ended in bitter defeat despite the initial success of his ‘Monster Meetings’



15 April 1848: Thomas Francis Meagher of the Young Ireland Party displayed the new national flag of Green, White an Orange to the public for the first time on his return to Dublin from Paris.



15/16 April 1940: The Luftwaffe Bombed Belfast on the night of 16 April 1940 and killed 745 people, injured 1,500 and destroyed 1,600 houses. 13 fire engines from Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Drogheda and Dundalk were sent to help.
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PostSubject: Re: On this day 15 April in Irish History   Tue Apr 15, 2008 6:03 pm

An eventful day by all accounts. I wish Meagher of the Sword hadn't bothered with the flag; believe it or not I always preferred the harp on the green background.

As for the fire engines, it says something when signing condolence books for Hitler doesn't raised a murmer but helping our fellow man gets howls of outrage from the neutrality bunch of the day. It signals just who the Irish thought were more likely to invade.
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