Today in Irish History – 21 June:

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

1650 – Cromwell’s New Model Army is victorious at Scarrifhollis, Co Donegal.

1691 – Godert de Ginkel, the commanding general of the William of Orange army, begins a ten-day siege of Athlone.

1782 – The Declaratory Act, which had given Britain the right to legislate for Ireland and had denied the appellate jurisdiction of the Irish House of Lords, is repealed.

1798 – United Irish Rebellion: The Battle of Vinegar Hill (Cath Chnoc Fhíodh na gCaor).

1826 – Frederick Blackwood, 1st Marquess of Dufferin and Ava, diplomat and holder of estates at Clandeboye, Co Down, is born in Florence.

1854 – Charles Davis Lucas from Drumagole, Co Armagh, age 20 and a mate in the Royal Navy, hurls a Russian shell (its fuse still burning) from the deck of his ship during the Crimean War. For this action, he will become the first recipient of the Victoria Cross in 1857…

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