Today in Irish History – 15 January:

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

In the Liturgical calendar, today is the Feast of St Ita. Ida, called the ‘Brigid of Munster’, born in present-day Co Waterford. She became a nun, settling down at Cluain Credhail, a place-name that has ever since been known as Killeedy–that is, ‘Church of St. Ita’, in Co Limerick. There, she was the head of a community of women.

1754 – Birth of Colonel Richard ‘Humanity Dick’ Martin. He was an Irish politician and animal rights activist. Martin was born in Ballynahinch, Co Galway, the only son of Robert Martin Fitz Anthony of Birchall, Co Galway, and Bridget Barnwall, a daughter of Baron Trimlestown. Martin was raised at Dangan House, situated on the Corrib River, four miles upriver from the town of Galway.

1775 – Thomas Dermody, classical scholar and poet is born.

1798 – Thomas Crofton Croker, antiquarian and folklorist, is born in Cork.

1800 – Henry Grattan makes…

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