Today in Irish History – 13 January:

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

1695 – Jonathan Swift was ordained as a priest in the Church of Ireland.

1800 – Daniel O’Connell makes his first public speech, opposing Union with England.

1880 – Birth of film director, Alexander Brenon, in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin.

1915 – Roger Casement at Limburg, Germany; again he writes to Count Georg von Wedel, telling him that after a long talk with General Exner, Commanding Officer at Limburg, that it should be possible to get “some hundreds of the men to enrol”. Casement is also putting a lot of store in the arrival of Father Nicholson to improve the situation. And also implores Wedel to get better food for the Irish at Limburg “if a little more meat could be put in their soup… it would be a wise act”.

1921 – British troops manning a checkpoint at O’Connell Bridge, Dublin, opened fire on a crowd of civilians, killing…

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