Archive for February 15th, 2012

February 15,

Upton Ambush Kills Six Civilians. Ernest Schackleton.

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1856: The steamship Queen Victoria, on a voyage from Liverpool to Dublin, with 100 passengers and cargo on board hits the rocks near Howth, Co Dublin in the early hours of the morning. An estimated 60 lives are lost.

1874: Polar explored Ernest Shackleton is born in Kilkea, Co. Kildare. He is most famous for his failed expedition on the ship Endurance when he attempted to cross the Antartic from sea to sea via the South Pole.

Polar Explorer Ernest Shackleton

1921: Upton (Co. Cork) Train Ambush. The IRA ambush a train at Upton believing it is transporting an estimated fifteen British soldiers. Unknown to them, at least fifty additional troops had joined the train. An undisciplined IRA attack resulted in the death of six civilians, three IRA volunteers and the wounding of a number of British troops. The leader of the botched ambush, Charlie Hurley would himself die the following month. For detailed article.

1921: Just twelve miles away two IRA volunteers – the Coffey brothers – are executed in their beds. It has never been clarified if it was a local loyalist group or the Black and Tans who were responsible.

1995: Ireland v England Soccer International Abondoned

A friendly international between the Republic of Ireland and England at Lansdowne Road Dublin is abandoned when a group of English Neo-Nazi supporters start a riot during the game.

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