Today in Irish History – 10 June:

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

1642 – The first regularly constituted presbytery in Ireland constituted by Scottish army chaplains meets at Carrickfergus.

1798 – United Irishmen Rebellion: Rebels capture Maynooth in Leinster and Bangor in Ulster.

1834 – Alfred Webb, writer and traveller, is born in Dublin.

1842 – The first number of James MacKnight’s “Banner of Ulster”, the newspaper of the Presbyterian Church, is published in Ulster.

1854 – Birth of feminist writer, Sarah Grand, born Frances Elizabeth Bellenden Clarke in Donaghdee, Co Down, where her father was stationed as a naval lieutenant. In 1888, she privately and anonymously published her first novel, Ideala. One of her most noted fans was George Bernard Shaw.

1904 – James Joyce meets the love of his life, Nora Barnacle.

1912 – Birth of Mary Josephine Lavin, a noted Irish short story writer and novelist. She is regarded as a pioneering female author in the traditionally male-dominated world…

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