Today in Irish History – 3 December:

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

1366 – With the sliotar topping 93mph (150km/h) from a good strike, hurling is the fastest game on grass. It was first played here at least 3,000 years ago, and first crops up in print in statutes banning its mayhem on this date. Ancient chroniclers report violent days-long matches between whole towns, but these might simply have been battles. There’s not a whole lot of difference if you think about it.

1745 – John Toler, 1st Earl of Norbury and Chief Justice, is born in Beechwood, Co Tipperary.

1792 – Beginning on this date and continuing through 8 December, a Catholic Convention is held in Tailors’ Hall, Dublin to demand abolition of the remaining penal laws; a petition is presented to the king in London.

1831 – Birth of banker, mining tycoon and US senator, James Graham Fair, in Belfast.

1897 – Birth of writer, Kate O’Brien, in Limerick city…

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