On This Day in Irish History: August

On This Day in Irish History

2 August 1649 – Royalist forces were defeated outside Dublin by the English Parliamentary Army in The Battle of Rathmines, paving the way for Oliver Cromwell’s arrival several days later.

5 August 1888 – Death of Philip Henry Sheridan, U.S. General and son of Irish immigrants. During the Civil War, he earned a reputation as one of the greatest soldiers of the time.

7 August 2001 – Funeral in Spain for Irish actor Joe Lynch, whose show Living with Lynch was broadcast in the 1950s on Sunday nights on Radio Eirann.

12 August 1969 – Police clash with rioters as the Apprentice Boys staged their annual March in Londonderry in memory of thirteen apprentice boy supporters of William of Orange, who defended Londonderry against the forces of Catholic King James II in 1688.

14 August 1598 – Battle of Yellow Ford; Irish forces under Hugh O’Neill defeated the Crown in one of the greatest Irish victories of the war.

15 August 1649 – Oliver Cromwell lands in Dublin with a 10,000 strong army.

17 August 2006 – The Morris Tribunal Report, on a range of allegations against the Garda Siochana in County Donegal was published. It was to bring about the biggest overhaul in policing in the history of the Irish state.

20 August 1798 – Birth of Richard Madden, writer, abolitionist and historian of the United Irishman, who is remembered as a hero for his testimony in the Amistad Cuban slave-trading trial.

21 August 1976 – The remains of William Joyce (Lord Haw Haw), Nazi propagandist who was executed for treason in 1946, were interred in Galway’s Bohermore Cemetery.

24 August 1968 – The Northern Civil Rights Association held its first march from Coalisland to Dungannon, Co. Tyrone.

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