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  • On the 13th of June 1865 one of the towering figures of Irish...


    On the 13th of June 1865 one of the towering figures of Irish literature, the Nobel Laureate William Butler Yeats was born in Sandymount, Dublin. Yeats was a poet and playwright, a central figure in the Irish cultural revival of the early twentieth century, a founder of the Abbey Theatre and the recipient of the 1923 Nobel Prize for literature.
  • On the 4th of June 1651 the English Parliamentary Army under the...


    On the 4th of June 1651 the English Parliamentary Army under the command of Henry Ireton (Oliver Cromwell’s  son-in-law) began the siege of the city of Limerick. Under the command of Hugh Dubh O’Neill the city withstood the siege for six months but was forced by hunger and plague to surrender on the 27th of October 1651. The contemporary map of Limerick is from Pacata Hibernia 1633.
  • On the 3rd of June 1559 the Priory of St John of Jerusalem in...


    On the 3rd of June 1559 the Priory of St John of Jerusalem in kilmainham, Dublin was dissolved. The Priory of Kilmainham had been founded  in 1174 for the Knights Templar by the Earl of Pembroke, and dedicated to St. John the Baptist.  The priory which had been a hospital for the sick and infirm became an asylum for guests and strangers. The site of the Priory is now occupied by the Royal Hospital of Kilmainham. The drawing of the Priory is from the Down Survey map of 1654-5.
  • On the 26th of May 1897 Dublin born Bram Stoker’s great...


    On the 26th of May 1897 Dublin born Bram Stoker’s great novel Dracula was first published by Archibald Constable and Company. The image is the cover of the very first edition.

  • On the 22nd of May 1946 the great Irish footballer George Best...


    On the 22nd of May 1946 the great Irish footballer George Best was born in Belfast. Best played for Manchester United and Northern Ireland and was named European Footballer of the year in 1968.

  • Starting in 1536 King Henry VIII set about the dissolution of...


    Starting in 1536 King Henry VIII set about the dissolution of the monasteries of Ireland and the disposal of their assets. pPart way through the process a commission was established on the 20 May 1540 to survey the rents and revenues of suppresed monasteries. The record of this commission provide an invaluable source of information about many of the Irish monasteries in their final days. The great Cistercian monastery of Jerpoint, Co. Kilkenny was surrendered by its Abbot on the 18 March 1540 and the commission noted that the roof of the chancel of the Abbey had been thrown down before it was dissolved and the stone, timber and tile of the cloister was valued at £10. This was to be the fate of the monasteries to be carted away as cheap building material. Image Wikipedia.
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