Today in Irish History – 14 September:

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Formerly, in the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches, the Wednesday, Friday and Saturday following 14 September were observed as one of the four sets of Ember days. In the Irish calendar they were known as Quarter tense).

1607 – Hugh O’Neill, Ruari O’Donnell and other chiefs of their families depart Lough Swilly for the continent in what has become known as the ‘Flight of the Earls”.

1647 – Lord Inchiquin, a royalist turned Parliamentarian, sacks the Irish Catholic Confederate garrison at the Rock of Cashel.

1752 – The Gregorian calendar is adopted in Ireland and Britain, 170 years after mainland Europe: 2 September is followed by 14 September. There are protests and riots by people who are convinced that they have lost 12 days out of their lives.

1814 – The poem Defence of Fort McHenry is written by Francis Scott Key…

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