Today in Irish History – 11 July:

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

National Day of Commemoration (Lá Cuimhneacháin Náisiúnta) held on the nearest Sunday to this date commemorating all Irish people who died in past wars or United Nations peacekeeping missions.

1792 – A gathering of some ten Irish harpers and one Welsh begins in Belfast; the objective is to collect the remaining fragments of the tradition; melodies are transcribed by Edward Bunting and others See our article on the great harpist/composer O’Carolan.

1798 – United Irish Rebellion: Rebels attack Clonard, Co Meath.

1798 – Sir Joseph Larmor, mathematician, physicist and politician, is born in Magheragall, Co Antrim.

1839 – Birth of artist and engraver, William John Hennessy in Thomastown, Co Kilkenny. His father, John Hennessy, was forced to leave Ireland in 1848 as a result of his involvement in the Young Ireland movement. William, his mother Catherine, and brother joined their father in New York in 1849. Hennessy developed a skill…

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