On This Day in Irish History: June

On This Day in Irish History

7 June, 1899 – Birth in Dublin of Elizabeth Bowen, novelist and short-story writer, best known for her novel The Last September.

8 June 1917 –  Date of the Butte, Montana, mine disaster: 168 dead, including many Irish, when fire broke out in a mineshaft. Butte was the US’s foremost mining town at the time, with a population of 50,000, a quarter of whom were Irish, mostly from County Cork.

10 June, 1944 – Death of Frank Ryan, prominent leader of the Irish Republican Army, who led 200 Irishmen to Spain to fight against Franco. It is said that the character “Liam Devlin” in the Jack Higgins thriller The Eagle Has Landed is based on Frank Ryan.

15 June 1919 – Captain Jack Alcock and Lt. Arthur Brown completed the first transatlantic flight when their Vickers Vimy biplane landed near Clifden, Co. Galway, after a 2,500km (1,500 miles) flight from St. John’s Newfoundland.

16 June, 1904 -This is the day that James Joyce first went walking with Nora Barnacle; it became the date on which everything takes place in Ulysses and is known as Bloomsday.

20 June 1867 – Clan na Gael, a secret oath-bound organization, was founded in New York by Jerome Collins, a meteorological and science editor of the New York Herold.  

23 June 1919 – Royal Ulster Constabulary (RIC) District Inspector Michael Hunt was shot dead by Irish Volunteers in Thurles, Co. Tipperary, the most senior RIC officer to be killed.

27 June 1939 – Kathleen Clarke, widow of executed Easter Rising leader Tom Clarke, was elected Lord Mayor of Dublin.

29 June 1842 – Birth of Maurice Davin, first President of Gaelic Athletic Association, known as “The Father of Gaelic Football.”

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