1848 – Birth of Francis O’Neill, the Police Chief who saved Irish Music is born near Bantry, Co Cork. — Stair na hÉireann | History of Ireland

Francis O’Neill, the Police Chief who saved Irish Music is born in Tralibane, Co Cork. After emigrating to the United States, he joined the Chicago police force in 1873, eventually serving as Chief of Police from 1901-1905. Chief O’Neill had a strong interest in Irish music from his childhood, an Irish music and tradition that…

1848 – Birth of Francis O’Neill, the Police Chief who saved Irish Music is born near Bantry, Co Cork. — Stair na hÉireann | History of Ireland

#OTD in 1849 – The brig Hannah transported emigrants to Canada during An Gorta Mór. — Stair na hÉireann | History of Ireland

The brig Hannah transported emigrants to Canada during An Gorta Mór. She is known for the terrible circumstances of her 1849 shipwreck, in which the captain and two officers left the sinking ship aboard the only lifeboat, leaving passengers and the rest of the crew to fend for themselves. Hannah was built at Norton, New…

via #OTD in 1849 – The brig Hannah transported emigrants to Canada during An Gorta Mór. — Stair na hÉireann | History of Ireland

#OTD in 1906 – Birth of playwright, Samuel Beckett, in Foxrock, Co Dublin. — Stair na hÉireann | History of Ireland

“We are all born mad. Some remain so.” –Samuel Beckett An Irish avant-garde novelist, playwright, theatre director, and poet, who lived in Paris for most of his adult life and wrote in both English and French. Beckett is widely regarded as among the most influential writers of the 20th century. During the 1930s and 1940s…

via #OTD in 1906 – Birth of playwright, Samuel Beckett, in Foxrock, Co Dublin. — Stair na hÉireann | History of Ireland

#OTD in 1947 – Death of Henry Ford, automobile production pioneer and son of Irish immigrants. — Stair na hÉireann | History of Ireland

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” –Henry Ford Henry Ford’s father, William Ford, was born in Co Cork and was one of many to emigrate from Ireland due to poverty and hunger (An Gorta Mór). Ford visited Ireland in 1912, 65…

via #OTD in 1947 – Death of Henry Ford, automobile production pioneer and son of Irish immigrants. — Stair na hÉireann | History of Ireland

#OTD in 1922 – Michael Collins addressed a mass meeting at the Grand Parade in Co Cork. — Stair na hÉireann | History of Ireland

This British Pathe video shows Michael Collins addressing a large gathering about the Anglo-Irish Treaty before it gets broken up by several men firing guns in the crowd, however, Collins refused to be frightened by the opponents’ tactics. Collins can be seen on a platform above the crowd as they wave hats and handkerchiefs at…

via #OTD in 1922 – Michael Collins addressed a mass meeting at the Grand Parade in Co Cork. — Stair na hÉireann | History of Ireland

#OTD in 1846 – Cork Examiner reports death by starvation. — Stair na hÉireann | History of Ireland

‘A Coroners inquest was held on the lands of Redwood, in the Parish of Lorha, on yesterday, the 24th, on the body of Daniel Hayes, who for several days subsisted almost on the refuse of vegetables, and went out on Friday morning in quest of something in the shape of food, but he had not…

via #OTD in 1846 – Cork Examiner reports death by starvation. — Stair na hÉireann | History of Ireland

#OTD in 1913 – Irish-American, Henry Ford, institutes the first moving assembly line for the auto industry. — Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” –Henry Ford Henry Ford’s father, William Ford, was born in Co Cork and was one of many to emigrate from Ireland due to poverty and hunger (An Gorta Mór). Ford visited Ireland in 1912, 65…

via #OTD in 1913 – Irish-American, Henry Ford, institutes the first moving assembly line for the auto industry. — Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

Brehon Laws | Children and the status Women in early Ireland — Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

Prior to the Anglo-Norman invasions Ireland was home to between 80-140 independent petty kingdoms called túatha. A person’s idea of nationhood was local to their home túath and kin-group (fine). Each túath had its king elected from among its noble grades, each had their own customs and traditions, styles of dress, particular songs and legends…

via Brehon Laws | Children and the status Women in early Ireland — Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

‘The Meeting of the Waters’ by Thomas Moore — Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

‘The Meeting of the Waters’ Thomas Moore There is not in the wide world a valley so sweet As that vale in whose bosom the bright waters meet; O, the last rays of feeling and life must depart, Ere the bloom of that valley shall fade from my heart. Yet it was not that Nature…

via ‘The Meeting of the Waters’ by Thomas Moore — Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

A few, perhaps unknown, facts about Ireland… — Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

The majority of people attribute the guillotine to the French, but there is evidence of it being used in Ireland almost 500 years before it made its way to France. A man named Murcod Ballagh seemingly used it for an execution near Merton in Co Galway on 1 April 1307. Dundalk Jail was built in…

via A few, perhaps unknown, facts about Ireland… — Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland