Today in Irish History – 13 July:

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

1344 – Ralph de Ufford arrives in Ireland as justiciar with a small English army and investigates the situation in Cork.

1809 – Founding of the Dublin Harp Society.

1815 – Birth of John Gray in Co Mayo. He was a physician, surgeon, newspaper proprietor, journalist and politician. Gray was active both in municipal and national government for much of his life, and had nationalist ideals – which he expressed as owner of the Freeman’s Journal, chairman of the Dublin Corporation Water Works Committee between 1863 and 1875, and MP in the House of Commons for Kilkenny city from 1865 until his death.

1825 – The Catholic Association, dissolved in accordance with the Unlawful Societies Act on 9 March, is reconstituted on 13 July.

1827 – Birth of Hugh O’Brien. He was the mayor of Boston, from 1884-1888. O’Brien is notable as Boston’s first Irish mayor; O’Brien was born in…

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