In the Liturgical Calendar, today is the Feast of St Nicholas. St Nicholas (Naomh Nioclás) is believed to have been buried in Newtown Jerpoint in Kilkenny some 800 years ago.
1679 – St. Oliver Plunkett, Archbishop of Armagh, is accused of instigating the ‘Irish Popish’ Plot and arrested.
1745 – Charles Edward Stuart’s army begins retreat during the second Jacobite Rising.
1820 – Spanish General Diego O’Reilly is defeated by Peruvian revolutionaries.
1828 – Business in Enniskillen was bad for James Gamble’s father, so he took his family to America. Young James set up his own soap business on this date. He married a Belfast girl, Elizabeth, whose father suggested James do business with Elizabeth’s sister’s husband, who was a candlemaker. The brother-in-law’s name was William Procter, and their partnership would go on to change the way the world washes itself.
1848 – The Belfast Commercial Chronicle reported that seventy-two…
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