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 On this day 24 June in Irish History

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PostSubject: On this day 24 June in Irish History   Tue Jun 24, 2008 9:13 pm

The various events which shaped our history on this date in time;

1754 - Death of Robin Downes. Thomas Waite writes: ‘Yesterday morning Robin Downes, member for Kildare, was found in his parlour in his house in Dawson Street with a sword run through his body. There are hopes of his recovery. He himself says ... that he received the wound in a fair duel ... but the general opinion seems to be that he transfixed himself, though no one pretends to assign the reason. My Lord Kildare is come to town in vast agitation at this accident’
1798 - Rebel southern column captures Castlecomber, Co Kilkenny and camp at Slatt, in Co Laois
1850 - Horatio Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener of Khartoum; soldier and statesman, is born in Ballylongford, Co. Kerry
1874 - Birth of Úna Ní Fhaircheallaigh, Irish author, feminist and language activist
1876 - Birth of Forrest Reid in Belfast. He was a novelist, critic, and autobiographer. He became a distinguished book and print collector, eventually writing a definitive work on the book of illustrators of the 1860s
1987: U2 plays Belfast for the first time since 1982
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PostSubject: Re: On this day 24 June in Irish History   Tue Jun 24, 2008 10:05 pm

1690- King Billy and his army land at Carrickfergus.
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PostSubject: Re: On this day 24 June in Irish History   Tue Jun 24, 2008 10:07 pm

Lestat wrote:
1690- King Billy and his army land at Carrickfergus.

Is that right? A very inauspicuous day, then, in that regard.
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