Today in Irish History – 17 September:

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

1711 – John Holwell, surgeon and survivor of ‘Black Hole of Calcutta’ is born in Dublin.

1798 – 3,000 French troops depart for Ireland from Brest.

1862 – The Irish Brigade suffered over 60% casualties at the Battle of Antietam at an area that came to be known as Bloody Lane. Over 500 Irish Brigade men died in the bloodiest single battle of the American Civil War.

1903 – Frank O’Connor, (pseudonym of Michael O’Donovan), short-story writer and author of poetic translations from Irish is born in Cork.

1913 – In Newry, Edward Carson says that a Provisional Government will be established in Ulster if Home Rule is introduced. In Dublin, labour unrest grows with a march 5,000 through the city.

1918 – Birth of Chaim Herzog in Belfast. He was an Israeli general and politician, 6th President of Israel.

1922 – CID Headquarters – Oriel House in Dublin –…

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