Historic Events Ireland

Historic Events

Battle of Clontarf - In 1014, the greatest battle of early Irish history. one of Brian Boru's last victories.
Saints and Scholars - An introduction to the history of Ireland, from the pagan Celtic age to the fifth century when St Patrick converted Ireland to Christianity.
The Normans - Invasion of Normans, Welshmen and Flemings in 1169 to colonise unconquered Ireland.
Flight of the Earls- Departure in 1607 of Irish Catholic aristocracy unwilling to accept sovereignty of English Queen.
Oliver Cromwell - The arrival of fanatical English Protestant Cromwell in 1649.
The Battle of the Boyne - William of Orange defeated King James II at the Boyne in 1690. The date is still commemorated throughout Northern Ireland today by marches, murals and graffiti.
Grattan's Parliament - Irish parliament which sat in Dublin from 1782-1800 and looked after economic and political interests of the Anglo-Irish aristocracy.
The 1798 Rebellion - The Society of United Irishmen was founded in Belfast in 1791.
Catholic Emancipation - Early nineteenth century campaign championed by Daniel O'Connell and members of parliament to end penal laws and legislative discrimination against Catholics.
The Great Famine - The famine began in 1845 and transformed Irish social history as millions of impoverished peasants starved or were forced to emigrate.
The Fenian Movement - In 1848, a small group of revolutionaries known as Young Ireland launched an ill-prepared uprising which was quickly quelled.
Home Rule - William Ewart Gladstone became British prime minister in 1868. "My mission is to pacify Ireland", he immediately affirmed.
Ulster Will Fight - Within Ireland, the strongest opposition to home rule came from the Protestants of Ulster. They formed a majority in the northern province, but a minority within the island. The 1641 rebellion had induced a siege mentality which was reinforced during the struggle between William of Orange and James II.
The Easter Rising - Easter is a significant time in Ireland, both for religious and political reasons. We present an account of the 1916 Rising, from A Little History of Ireland.
Independence - The principal beneficiary of the 1916 rising was Sinn Fein (Ourselves Alone), a political movement founded in 1905 by Arthur Griffith.

Background to the Conflict

Background to the Conflict - Part I   The Plantation of Ulster
Background to the Conflict - Part II   The Campaign for Home Rule.
Background to the Conflict - Part III   Internal Affairs in Northern Ireland.
Background to the Conflict - Part IV   Northern Ireland during the 1960s.

Yanks in Ireland

The story of the American Army in Northern Ireland during World War II

Secret Missions - The stories of Americans who came to Northern Ireland to prepare for the War effort.
The Yanks are Coming - The first US soldiers to enter WWII landed in Northern Ireland.
The Yanks are Coming Part 2 - Spring 1942 found many American service personnel stationed in Northern Ireland.
US Navy in Derry - The US Navy's stay in Londonderry during WWII.
Home away from home - General Eisenhower tours the army bases in Northern Ireland.
The Rangers Part I - William O. Darby came from Fort Smith, Arkansas.
The Rangers Part II - The second part of the story of the Rangers.