Today in Irish History – 13 October:

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

1494 – Poynings lands at Howth and summons a parliament to Drogheda. He then campaigns in the north.

1566 – Birth of Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork in England. Also known as the Great Earl of Cork, he was Lord Treasurer of the Kingdom of Ireland. Boyle was an important figure in the continuing English colonisation of Ireland (commenced by the Normans) in the 16th and 17th centuries, as he acquired large tracts of land in plantations in Munster in southern Ireland. Moreover, his sons played an important role in fighting against Irish Catholic rebellion in the 1640s and 1650s, assisting in the victory of the British and Protestant interest in Ireland.

1729 – William Conolly resigns as Speaker of the Irish House of Commons on grounds of ill-health. Sir Ralph Gore is elected unanimously in his place.

1823 – Sara Atkinson, a writer on religious and historical subjects…

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