THIS MONTH IN IRISH AND IRISH-AMERICAN HISTORY

February

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 Run)

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 supplies.


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 O’Beirne

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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