Today in Irish History – 7 December:

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

521 – Birth of Saint Columba (Columba of Iona) or in Old Irish, as Colm Cille, Columbkill, Columbkille or Columcille (meaning ‘Dove of the church’). He was an outstanding figure among the Gaelic missionary monks who, some of his advocates claim, introduced Christianity to the Kingdom of the Picts during the Early Medieval Period. He was one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland. He is the Patron Saint of Derry.

1487 – The Earl of Desmond is murdered at the instigation of his brother, John; another brother, Maurice, is his heir.

1688 – Thirteen ‘Apprentice Boys’ refuse to let a Catholic army into Derry; Tyrconnell backs down and allows the city to keep its Protestant garrison. Enniskillen also defies James II.

1754 – Francis Rawdon-Hastings, 1st Marquess of Hastings, soldier and colonial administrator, is born in Dublin.

1768 – William Bulkely, an officer in the Irish Brigade of France, is…

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