Eoin Hand ,Irish Brig. General
On April 1, 1776 - Co. Meath born Eoin Hand is appointed a Brigadier General in the Continental Army
On April 1, 1919 - Eamonn DeValera was elected president of the first Dáil Éireann
US Civil War starts
On April 12, 1861 - the official start of the American Civil War began with the firing upon of Fort Sumter.
Over 15,000 Irishmen served in the Union Army and over 4,000 served in the Confederate Army.
Four Courts In Dublin
On April 13,1922 – Republican volunteers, led by Rory O'Connor, took possession of the Four court in Dublin. At the behest of the British, Free State forces attacked with heavy artillery borrowed from the British.
Easter Uprising begins
On April 24, 1916 - the Easter Uprising began at the GPO in Dublin. The Rising was to have profound and far-reaching effects on Ireland's subsequent history.
Battle of Mount Street Bridge
On April 26,, 1916 - the Battle of Mount Street Bridge in Dublin took place.
On April 27, 1916 - British artillery bombard the GPO. James Connolly was seriously injured during the bombardment