Today in Irish History – 20 September:

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

1689 – The Enniskillen Protestants defeat Jacobite forces at Boyle, Co Roscommon.

1784 – Sir Richard Griffith, geologist and civil engineer, is born in Dublin. He was an Irish geologist, mining engineer and chairman of the Board of Works of Ireland, who completed the first complete geological map of Ireland and was author of the valuation of Ireland – known ever since as Griffith’s Valuation.

1803 – Robert Emmet, Irish patriot, is executed in Dublin. Emmet becomes a hero of Irish nationalists, largely on the basis of his stirring speech from the dock: “Let no man write my epitaph… When my country takes her place among the nations of the earth, then, and not till then let my epitaph be written”.

1847 – Birth in Carron, Co Clare of Michael Cusack, GAA founder.

1863 – The 5th Confederate Infantry consisting of a large number of Irish from Memphis fight in…

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