Wolfe Tone in France
On Feb. 1, 1796, - Wolf Tone, arrived in France seeking military assistance for an Uprising being planned by The United Irishmen
British Embassy burned
On Feb 2, 1972 - angry crowds, reacting to the Bloody Sunday massacre of civilians in Derry City by British paratroopers, burned the British embassy in Dublin. A total of 14 people were shot dead and over 60 seriously injured. Compensation was later paid by the Dublin government for the embassy The British whitewashed all inquiries into the massacre
Death of John O'Mahony
On Feb. 6, 1877 - John O'Mahony, the Irish born Fenian founder and leader, died in New York City
Battle of Dabney's Mill (Hatcher's
From Feb. 5 thru 7, 1865 - The
Irish Brigade fought alongside other units of the Union army
at Dabney Mill in what was one in a series of Union offensives
during the Siege of Petersburg aimed at cutting off Confederate
Death of William Drennan
On Feb. 5, 1820 - William
Drennan; physician, poet, educator and political radical passed
away in Belfast. He was one of the founders of the Society of
United Irishmen. He was also known as the first to refer in
print to Ireland as "the Emerald Isle".
Irish Free State Censorship
On Feb 12, 1930 - the 26-county Irish Free State appointed the first Censorship Board
Gerry Adams Declares Victory
On Feb. 12, 1999 - A new political storm raged after Provo's president Gerry Adams predicted that Ireland would be reunited in 15 years time
Patrick Finucane murdered
On Feb. 12, 1989 - Patrick Finucane who acted as solicitor for republican hunger striker Bobby Sands was shot dead by pro-British gunmen at his north Belfast home in front of his wife and children
58 Die in Ballroom fire
On Feb. 14, 1981 - the Stardust Ballroom in Artane, Dublin went up in flames. 48 young people were killed and more than 100 were injured
La Mon Bombing
On Feb. 17, 1978 - An IRA incendiary bomb exploded at the La Mon entertainment complex in Comber Co. Down. It kills 12 people and injures 30 others.
General James Rowan
On Feb. 17, 1917 - Roscommon born Civil war veteran James Rowan
O’Beirne died at age seventy three. O’Beirne rose to the rank of
Brigadier General and was awarded the Congressional Medal of
Honor for having “gallantly maintained the line of battle until
ordered to fall back” at Fair Oaks, Va., May 31-June 1, 1862.
O’Beirne was a major player in the pursuit of Lincoln assassin
John Wilkes Booth.
‘Ulster will fight and Ulster will be right.’
On Feb. 22, 1886 - Lord Randolph Churchill delivered his inflammatory speech at the Ulster Hall in Belfast declaring that ‘Ulster will fight and Ulster will be right.’ That sentiment holds true till this day in the British Occupied Counties.
British Army Barracks Bombed
On Feb. 22, 1972 - the Official IRA bombed a British army barracks at Aldershot Surrey, killing five women and a Roman Catholic army priest. A further 19 were injured and one died later
Roger Casement remains returned to Ireland
On Feb. 23, 1965 - the body of Irish patriot, Roger Casement was returned from England where he was hanged. He was re-interred at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin
Birmingham Six Conviction Overturned
On F.eb 23, 1991 - Alan Green, the British Director of Public Prosecution s announced that the convictions of the Birmingham Six, could not be upheld. Hugh Callaghan, Patrick Hill, Gerard Hunter, Richard McIlvenny, William Power and John Walker, all innocent victims of British justice, served 16 years in prison.
Hostile Reception for Henry Kissinger In Cork
On Feb. 27, 2002 - Henry Kissinger, self styled peacekeeper and former US. Secretary of State got a very hostile reception from over 400 angry students when he visited University College Cork
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