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 On this day 29 April in Irish History

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PostSubject: On this day 29 April in Irish History   Tue Apr 29, 2008 3:55 pm

29 April 1608: After an epic journey the Earl of Tyrone Aodh (Hugh) O’Neill and the Earl of Tyrconell Ruairi O’Donnell along with their entourage of about 100 followers entered the City of Rome on this day.

Porta del Populo was the name of the gate by which they entered the city. They went on after that through the principal streets of Rome in great splendour. They did not rest until they reached the great church of San Pietro in Vaticano. They put up their horses there, and entered the church. They worshipped, and went around, as if on a pilgrimage, the seven privileged altars of great merit which are in the church. Afterwards they proceeded to a splendid palace, which his Holiness the Pope had set apart for them in the Borgo Vecchio and in the Borgo Santo Spirito. [The Flight of the Earls by Tadhg Ó Cianáin]

29 April 1769 – Birth of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, at Mornington House, 24 Upper Merrion Street, Dublin. He was an M.P. for Trim Co Meath in the Dublin Parliament 1790-1797 and Chief Secretary for Ireland 1807-1809. Viscount 1808; Duke 1814. He had a distinguished military career in India and the Iberian Peninsula before he met and helped defeat Napoleon at Waterloo in Belgium in 1815. He became British Prime Minister in 1828 and oversaw with some reluctance the passing of Catholic Emancipation in 1829. His Government fell in 1830 though Wellington remained active in British Politics until 1846.

29 April 1916: Nurse Elizabeth O’Farrell was allowed into the British lines carrying an offer to surrender from Padraig Pearse. General Lowe offered only Unconditional Surrender and at 3.30 pm that afternoon he agreed and handed over his sword to the General.

After meeting General Maxwell at British Army HQ at Parkgate St beside the Phoenix Park orders were sent out by Pearse to the various Republican garrisons still holding out to lay down their arms and surrender.

James Connolly also countersigned the surrender order, but only for men under his command in Moore Street and the St Stephen's Green area.

Commandant Ned Daly was allowed to lead a march of his men from the Four Courts to the surrender point at the Gresham Hotel in Upper O’Connell St.

That night the Insurgents who surrendered were held under armed guard on open ground beside the Rotunda at the top of O’Connell St.


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PostSubject: Re: On this day 29 April in Irish History   Tue Apr 29, 2008 5:08 pm

I always thought there was some debate about Wellesley's exact birthplace.
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PostSubject: Re: On this day 29 April in Irish History   Tue Apr 29, 2008 6:51 pm

905 wrote:
I always thought there was some debate about Wellesley's exact birthplace.

There is. Some claim he was born at the family estate in Co Meath but the general opinion is that he was born in Dublin.
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