The Siege of Derry. Sir Arthur Vicars. U2 Play Leixlip on this day in Irish History

July 27: TODAY in Irish History:


Today in Irish History: Curated by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks

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July 27: TODAY in Irish History:

1689:The Siege of Derry which had commenced on 18 April nears its end, something that the starving inhabitants of the city are not aware of. On this day Thomas Ashe, one of the city’s defenders wrote in his journal “God knows, we never stood in such need of supply; for now there is not one week’s provisions in the garrison. Of necessity we must surrender the city, and make the best terms we can for ourselves. Next Wednesday is our last, if relief does not arrive before it. This day the cows and horses, sixteen of the first, and twelve of the last, were slaughtered; the blood of the cows was sold at four pence per quart, and that of the horses at two pence … There is not a dog to be seen, they are all killed and eaten.”

The Siege of Derry would be over with two days. The city, a Williamite (Protestant) stronghold, was besieged by a Catholic Jacobite army until it was relieved by Royal Navy ships.


1862: Birth of Sir Arthur Vicars in England. Vicars spent most of his life in Ireland where he was Custodian of the Irish Crown Jewels when they were stolen in 1907. Vicars was dismissed from his post as a result. The jewels have never been found.

Vicars retired to his home in County Kerry. During the War of Independence when the IRA often targeted members of the Anglo-Protestant Ascendency, Vicars was taken from his home and executed by the IRA.

See New York Times article on death of Sir Arthur Vicars

sir arthur vicars

sir arthur vicars 1862-1921


1980: U2 play their first open air gig at Leixlip, Co. Kildare opening for The Police, a concert which your site curator Conor Cunneen attended. Other bands featured were Squeeze and Q-Tips. Leixlip Castle was one the home of Arthur Guinness.


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