Today in Irish History – 9 September:

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

In the Liturgical calendar, this is the feast day of St Ciarán of Clonmacnoise. He was one of the early Irish monastic saints and Irish bishop. He is sometimes called Ciarán the Younger to distinguish him from Saint Ciarán of Saighir. He was one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland. He dies on this date in 545.

872 – Earliest verifiable date of a Viking invasion of Ireland in Dunrally.

1806 – Death of Antrim born William Patterson, a signatory of the U.S. Constitution and a Supreme Court Justice. Patterson’s family emigrated when he was a child. He went on to become the first Attorney General of New Jersey and a governor of the state.

1831 – 30,000 pounds is allocated to establish “national” system of elementary education in Ireland.

1845 – The arrival of the potato blight in Ireland is reported in the Dublin Evening Post.

1852 – The…

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