Today in Irish History – 18 January:

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

1667 – Cattle exports to England are prohibited.

1671 – Catholic gentry present petition to Charles II.

1688 – Birth of Lionel Cranfield Sackville, 1st Duke of Dorset, PC. He was an English political leader and Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. Dorset served twice as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, from 1731 to 1737 and again from 1751 to 1755. In 1739, at the foundation of the Foundling Hospital, he was one of that charity’s original governors. Sackville Street, the main thoroughfare in Dublin city, was named in his honour; while the name was changed to O’Connell Street in 1924, his name survives in nearby Sackville Place.

1779 – Cement Patent No. 1207 is issued to Sligo-man Bryan Higgins.

1811 – Charles Kean, actor, is born in Co Waterford.

1821 – Built by Henry Harris at a cost of £50,000, the Albany New Theatre opens in Hawkins Street, Dublin. It can accommodate…

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