O’Carolan, Myles Keogh, Michael Davitt. This day in Irish history.

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1738: Death of Irish harpist and composer Turlough O’Carolan. His wake lasted four days! At age 18, he was blinded by smallpox and took to playing the harp. He travelled Ireland most of his life as a wandering minstrel and composer  achieving a level of fame not normal in those days. At age fifty he married and fathered seven children. O’Carolan’s most famous work is his Concerto.


1840: Myles Keogh, decorated Irish soldier, veteran of the 1860 Papal War, Civil War and casualty with Custer at the Battle of the Little Big Horn is born in County Carlow.

Irish born Myles Keogh was killed at battle of Little Big Horn

Photo shows Myles Keogh on left.

1846: Birth of Michael Davitt in County Mayo. Davitt founded the Irish Land League in 1879, a non-violent action group designed to help Irish tenant farmers who effectively had no rights in 19th century Ireland.

Michael Davitt (1846-1906) Irish Land League Founder

The objectives of the Land League were “to bring out a reduction of rack-rents; second, to facilitate the obtaining of the ownership of the soil by the occupiers. That the object of the League can be best attained by promoting organisation among the tenant-farmers; by defending those who may be threatened with eviction for refusing to pay unjust rents; by facilitating the working of the Bright clauses of the Irish Land Act during the winter; and by obtaining such reforms in the laws relating to land as will enable every tenant to become owner of his holding by paying a fair rent for a limited number of years.”

1920: The first “Black and Tans” arrive in Ireland. Although they would be operational for less than two years, they would become one of the most reviled names in Irish history.

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