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26 JULY

HUNDREDS OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN SLAUGHTERED ON RATHLIN ISLAND

[ 26 July 1575 ]

Rathlin Island forms a rugged rocky L-shape six miles long, lying just off the Antrim coast of Northern Ireland. By the mid 1570s, Walter Devereux, the first Earl of Essex and a rising star in the Elizbethan court, was increasingly frustrated by Scottish sailors and soldiers using Rathlin as a base from which to resist his ‘enterprise’ for colonising the north east of Ulster with English settlers. 

THE TIMES – LAZY AND PERFIDIOUS IRISH FAMINE VICTIMS ABUSE OUR CHARITY

[ 26 July 1848 ]

Today in 1848, at the height of the potato famine in Ireland, from which over a million died, The Times published an editorial which was far from sympathetic. The Irish were not only deemed undeserving of the totally inadequate relief measures organized by a reluctant British government, but they were also portrayed as deliberately exploiting their victimhood to raise money for rebellion.

BRITISH SOLDIERS OPEN FIRE ON DUBLIN CROWD AFTER CHILDREN THROW ORANGE PEEL

On the evening of Sunday 26 July 1914 three Dubliners were shot dead by British troops on Bachelor’s Walk. They were Mary Duffy, a 50 year old widow, Patrick Quinn, a coal labourer and father of six, and James Brennan, an eighteen year old gas fitter’s assistant.  More than thirty others were hospitalised with serious injuries, including bayonet wounds.1

FOOTNOTE

  1. ‘Dublin Street Conflict,’ the Belfast Evening Telegraph, 31 July 1914, p. 3 and “The Dublin Battle – Inquest on the Victims,” the Northern Whig, 29 July 1914, p. 8.

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