Today in Irish History – 8 August:

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

1588 – The Spanish Armada is defeated by the English, with some Spaniards slain upon reaching the coasts of Ireland and some survivors remaining.

1647 – The Irish Confederate Wars and Wars of the Three Kingdoms: Battle of Dungans Hill – English Parliamentary forces defeat Irish forces.

1694 – Birth of Francis Hutcheson, Presbyterian philosopher, in Co Down.

1781 – James Gandon moves from London to Dublin; the first stone of his Customs House is laid on this date.

1911 – Birth of Billy Behan, one of the men who made Manchester United one of the best clubs in world soccer. The Dublin born Behan scouted for the Red Devils for almost half a century discovering such players as Johnny Carey, Liam Whelan, Johnny Giles, Tony Dunne, Don Givens, Kevin Moran and Paul McGrath. In his memoir, John Giles – A Football Man, Giles says Behan was a “tall easy-going…

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