Today in Irish History – 17 October:

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

1171 – Henry II, fearful that Strongbow will grow too powerful in Ireland, lands at Waterford with an army. The Normans, Norse and Irish all submit to him, except for the most remote Irish kings.

1738 – In a duel at Mullingar, Arthur Rochfort, MP for Co Westmeath, shoots Dillon Pollard Hampson in the stomach. Hampson, a former Junior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of Irish Freemasons, recovers.

1803 – Birth of William Smith O’Brien in Dromoland, Newmarket on Fergus, Co Clare. He was an Irish Nationalist and Member of Parliament (MP) and leader of the Young Ireland movement.

1882 – The Irish Nationalist League is founded.

1886 – John Dillon announces “Plan of Campaign” for Irish tenants against unfair rents.

1920 – Cork IRA volunteer, Michael Fitzgerald, dies following a sixty-seven day hunger strike. Eleven IRA men took part in the hunger strike which claimed the lives of…

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