February 28: TODAY in Irish History (by IrishmanSpeaks)
1881: Pádraic Ó Conaire (d 6 October 1928) Irish language short story writer is born in Galway. Though he wrote 26 books, over 400 short stories and 6 plays, he died destitute in Dublin having abandoned his wife in family in London fourteen years previously.
1922: Death of Mary Ellen “Ella” Quinlan – Mother of Eugene O’Neill
Ella married Kilkenny born actor James O’Neill in 1877. Eugene was born one year later. In O’Neill’s semi-autobiographical tome Long Day’s Journey into Night, his mother is represented by a lonely and disillusioned Mrs. Tyrone.
1961: Irish boxing legend Barry McGuigan is born in Clones Co. Monaghan. Known as the Clones Cyclone, McGuigan won the World Featherweight Title in 1985 when he defeated Eusebio Pedrosa in a fifteen round decision. He made two successful defences of his crown before losing to Stevie Cruz in Las Vegas in 1986.
1985: The Provisional IRA launches a mortar attack on Newry RUC barracks. One mortar scores a direct hit on the barracks canteen resulting in the deaths of 9 RUC personnel. It was the highest death toll the RUC suffered on a single day.
1998: Death of comedian and actor Dermot Morgan aged 47 from a heart attack. Morgan was one of the most popular comedy actors on Irish and UK TV during the 1990s. His most successful work was in the wildly successful Father Ted series where he played a disfunctional scheming priest Father Ted Crilly who lived on Craggy Island somewhere off the coast of Ireland. Morgan and the show itself won BAFTA awards for best comedy work.
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