Siege of Derry Ends. The Orange Minstrel. Mikey Sheehy – Kerry Maestro. Today in Irish History.

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July 28: TODAY in Irish History:

1689:The siege of Derry finally ends as naval boats in support of Williamite forces finally break the boom intended to prevent ships from resupplying the starving Protestant masses. The failure of the siege was a major strategic disaster for the Catholic forces of King James, providing William with a powerful, motivated base in Ulster. Protestant forces had suffered terribly during the siege with as many as three thousand dying of starvation and disease. The siege still has huge significance within the Ulster Protestant community. For many loyalists, it evokes as much emotion as the 1916 Rising does amongst militant Republicans. The historically anti-Catholic Apprentice Boys Association was founded after the siege and still marches every year to commemorate the victory.

The Orange Minstrel by Colonel William Blacker (1776-1850) conveys some of the emotionalism associated with an event that is commemorated every year on July 12th.

Behold the crimson banner float

O’er yonder turrets hoary

They tell of days of matchless note

And Derry’s deathless glory

When her brave sons undaunted stood

Embattled to defend her

Indignant stemmed oppression’s flood

And sang out ‘No Surrender’

Old Derry’s walls were firm and strong

Well fenced in every quarter

Each frowning bastion grim along

With culverin and mortar

But Derry had a surer guard

Than all that art could lend her

Her ‘prentice hearts the gates who barred

And sang out ‘No Surrender’

Long may the crimson barrier wave

A meteor streaming airy

Portentous of the free and brave

Who man the walls of Derry

And Derry’s sons alike defy

Pope,traitor or pretender

And peal to heaven their ‘prentice cry

Their patriot, ‘No Surrender’

BBC has an excellent, interactive site on the Siege of Derry.

For Orange Order (Loyalist) view of Siege of Derry.


1895: Birth of John Charles McQuaid, Catholic Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland between December 1940 and February 1972. McQuaid exuded immense power in what might be termed the heyday of Catholic power in Ireland. His strongly conservative views aligned with those of Eamonn De Valera and he played a significant part in the development of the Irish Constitution (1937) which accepted the special position of the Catholic Church in Ireland.

McQuaid was old school Catholic who denounced Dr. Noel Browne’s efforts to introduce pre-natal care for mothers as socialism by another name.  At various times he protested mixed athletic  events, (‘in athletic sports and exercises, wherein the Christian modesty of girls must be, in a special way, safeguarded, for it is supremely unbecoming that they flaunt themselves and display themselves before the eyes of all’), criticized American movie-star Jayne Mansfield’s visit to Tralee (she was rather well-endowed) and discouraged the use of tampons “I explained very fully the evidence concerning the use of internal sanitary tampons, in particular, that called Tampax. On the medical evidence made available, the bishops very strongly disapproved of the use of these appliances.”

Archbishop John Charles McQuaid at Today in Irish History

Archbishop John Charles McQuaid

Photo courtesy of Lux Occulta (worth looking at.) provides excellent bio on Archbishop McQuaid.


1954: Birth of Kerry footballing legend Mikey Sheehy. Sheehy would win eight All-Ireland titles with the dominant Kerry team of the 70s/80s. He is best remembered for his sensationally executed goal against Dublin in the 1978 All Ireland described in masterful form here by another Irish sporting legend, commentator Jimmy Magee.


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