Today in Irish History – 6 December:

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

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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