Today in Irish History – 9 July:

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

1751 – The foundation stone of the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin, is laid by the Lord Mayor of Dublin.

1790 – The “Gentleman’s Magazine” reports, regarding the MP for Cork, James Bernard who died on this date: ‘Though he had an immense fortune, he did not live at the rate of £300 a year. His tailor’s bill never amounted to £61 per annum. He did not absolutely starve himself to death, as he lately showed himself a mere voluptuary, having a few months since married a fortunate girl of tender years, to whose tender embraces, it is feared, he fell a sacrifice’.

1797 – Death of the political theorist Edmund Burke in Dublin. He is regarded as one of the most important figures in the development of parliamentary democracy.

1809 – Birth of John O’Donovan, Irish language scholar and author of The Annals of the Four Masters, in Attateemore, Co Kilkenny.

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