Tag Archives: Padraig Pearse

ON THIS DATE (23RD MAY) 264 YEARS AGO : BIRTH OF A ‘UNITED IRISHMEN’ FOUNDING FATHER. “Nor one feeling of vengeance presume to defileThe cause, or the men, of the Emerald Isle.” – the words of William Drennan, physician, poet, … Continue reading

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ON THIS DATE (2ND MAY) 224 YEARS AGO : PRISON ESCAPE BY AN IRISH REPUBLICAN, WHO LIVED FOR HIS COUNTRY, AND DIED FOR HIS FAMILY. ‘Little about Archibald Hamilton Rowan’s beginning in life suggested that he would become a leading … Continue reading

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ON THIS DATE (7TH MARCH) 97 YEARS AGO : BRITISH ARMY PATROL SURRENDER TO IRA FLYING COLUMN. ‘On March 7th 1921, the IRA’s South Mayo Flying Column (pictured), under the command of Tom Maguire, surrounded a British army patrol at … Continue reading

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ON THIS DATE (7TH FEBRUARY) 78 YEARS AGO – WESTMINSTER EXECUTES TWO IRA VOLUNTEERS. James McCormack (aka ‘James Richards’) was born in Mullingar in County Westmeath in 1910, and he joined a unit of the IRA in Tullamore, County Offaly, … Continue reading

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ON THIS DATE (31ST JANUARY) 98 YEARS AGO : FIRST IRISH REPUBLICAN LORD MAYOR ELECTED. Tomás MacCurtain (pictured), was born on the 20th March 1884, and was murdered by British agents on the 20th March 1920, at 36 years of … Continue reading

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ON THIS DATE (22ND NOVEMBER) 94 YEARS AGO : DEATH OF AN IRA HUNGER-STRIKER. Andrew Sullivan (aka Andy O’Sullivan, pictured, left), 5th Battalion, Cork 4th Brigade, was one of three IRA men to die on hunger-strike in 1923 – he … Continue reading

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ON THIS DATE (30TH AUGUST) 176 YEARS AGO : A NEW NATIONALIST VOICE IS ‘PRESSED’ INTO ACTION. The front page of the first copy of ‘The Cork Examiner’ newspaper (left), which was produced on Monday, 30th August 1841 – 176 … Continue reading

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