On Jan. 1, 1892 - Annie Moore aged 15 of Co. Cork was the first immigrant to pass through Ellis Island.
Ulster Chieftains' O' Neill and O'Donnell
On Jan. 2, 1602 - Ulster Chieftains', O'Neill and O'Donnell were forced to return to Ulster after Spanish Gen Aguila surrendered his army in Kinsale.
Charles Stewart Parnell
On Jan. 2, 1880 - Charles Stewart Parnell began his tour of the US. To this day Irish politicians who support the ongoing British occupation continue this practice. Those who oppose the British occupation are denied entry to the US
‘The Black and Tans'
On Jan. 2, 1920 - British prisons became the recruitment centers for the state sponsored terror outfit ‘The Black and Tans' who launched a reign of terror that will never be forgotten in Ireland.
On Jan. 3, 1777 –
– the Revolutionary War Battle of Princeton took place resulting in
an American victory. The battle, was one of the fiercest of its
size where American
troops under General George Washington defeated a force of
British Regulars. It was during this battle that Irish-born
Colonel John Haslet was killed
The Irish Language
On Jan. 2, 2007 –Gaeilge became the 23rd Official Language in the EU, thanks to the effort of Nollaig O Gadhra, Gaelic scholar and Iar Uachtarán de Chonnradh na Gaeilge. Nollaig died in October 2008.
De Valera's anti-IRA legislation
On Jan. 3, 1940 – De Valera former IRA leader introduced draconian anti-IRA legislation in the 26-county Irish Free State.
On Jan. 4, 1921 - in an effort to curtail the IRA, the British introduced martial law to the counties Waterford, Clare, Kilkenny, Wexford. It did not work as planned as the Irish War of Independence intensified.
Loyalists Attack Civil Rights
On Jan. 4, 1969 - Loyalists mobs
attacked the People's Democracy march from Belfast to Derry at
Burntollet Bridge. Among the attackers were off-duty members of the
B-Specials, who formed part of the RUC
On Jan. 5, 1871 the
British release over thirty Fenian
prisoners including John Devoy, Jeremiah
O’Donovan Rossa, Charles Underwood
O’Connell, Henry Mulleda, and John
McClure The arrived in New York aboard the
S.S. Cuba bound for New York where the “Cuba
Five” were greeted as heroes by their Irish
Night Of The Big Wind
On the night of Jan. 6, 1839 - the
Night Of The Big Wind or Oiche na Gaoithe Moire took place in
Ireland. It was the most damaging storm in Irish history, some
winds are estimated in excess of 130 m.p.h. Over 300 lives were
General John O'Neill
On Jan. 7, 1878 - Fenian General John O'Neill who led the Fenian Invasion of Canada in 1867 died
Battle of New Orleans
On Jan. 8 1814 - United States forces led by General Andrew Jackson
defeated the British in the Battle of New Orleans, ending the War of
On Jan. 9, 1642 - 30 Catholics
are killed by the Scottish garrison and English settlers at Island
Magee, Co. Antrim
Irish Declaration of Independence
On Jan. 13, 2001 - One and a half
copies of the most important piece of documentation of the 20th
century in Ireland, the Declaration of Independence, is sold to a
New York collector for £56,000
On Jan. 15, 1861 - Young Irelander Terence MacManus died in San Francisco, CA
On Jan. 15, 1988 - Seán MacBride, IRA leader, politician, head of Amnesty International, and recipient of Nobel and Lenin peace prizes died. He was born on Jan. 26, 1904
Battle of Cowpens
Jan. 17, 1871 – the Revolutionary War Battle of Cowpens in
took place resulting in an American victory; the beginning of a
chain of events that lead to independence at Yorktown.
IRA - IRB alliance
On Jan. 20, 1916 - secret negotiations result in alliance of the Irish Citizen Army with the Irish Republican Brotherhood
First Dail Eireann
On Jan. 21, 1919- Daíl Éireann, chaired by Sean T. O’Kelly meets for the very first time at the Mansion House in Dublin
On Jan. 21, 1919 - two members of the Royal Irish Constabulary were shot dead by Irish Volunteers including Seán Treacy and Dan Breen in an ambush at Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary: That ambush was the first military action in the 'War of Independence' (Anglo-Irish War).
Tom Williams Remembered
On Jan. 23, 2000 - More than 20,000
people gather on the streets of West Belfast in memory of IRA
teenager, Tom Williams, who was hanged in 1942 for his part in the
murder of an RUC man
On Jan. 26, 1316 - at the battle of Ardscull, Co. Kildare, Edward Bruce defeats the army of Justiciar Edmund Butler.
The Emergency Powers Act
On Jan. 28, 1941 - the Emergency Powers Act provided for the censorship of press messages to places outside the Free State
Harrods of London Bombed
On Jan. 28,1993 - the IRA bombed Harrods of London for the third time in 20 years. Four people were injured