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1815: Dublin born Duke of Wellington Defeats Napoleon at Waterloo

Napoleon’s French forces are defeated at Waterloo by allied troops of England under Dublin born Arthur Wellesley 1st Duke of Wellington and Prussian troops under the command of General Blucher. Following the victory at Waterloo, Wellington went on to have a distinguished political career. Although on record as making disparaging remarks about his birthland, as Prime Minister he steered through the Catholic Emancipation Act of 1829 which allowed Catholics become Members of Parliament.

Painting of Wellington following Waterloo victory by Dutch artist Jan Willem Pieneman in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam




1901: Writer Denis Johnston is born in Dublin.

Denis Johnston
Author and playwright Denis Johnston

Johnston’s works include The Old Lady Says ‘No’; The Bride for the Unicorn; The Golden Cuckoo ; The Dreaming Dust; Strange Occurrence on Ireland’s Eye.




1994: Ireland 1 Italy 0 

The Republic of Ireland defeat Italy 1-0 in their opening World Cup game at Giants Stadium, New Jersey. The  goal was scored by Aston Villa player Ray Houghton.




1994: Loughinisland Massacre

While the Republic of Ireland – Italy game is going on, two members of the Loyalist Ulster Volunteer Force walk into The Heights Bar in Loughinisland Co. Down with assault rifles and kill six Catholics who are watching the game. It was the third attack by UVF in three days in retaliation for the killing the of three of their members by the Republican Irish National Liberation Army on June 16th. One of the dead was 87 year old Barney Green, the oldest victim of the troubles. No satisfactory resolution to this appalling crime has been made. The original Ombudsman’s report published in 2011 (17 years after the event) was deemed a whitewash by relatives of the deceased who state with some conviction that the murderers received significant support from Crown forces. The 2011 report was quashed in December 2012 and a new inquiry announced.

READ: Northern Ireland police ombudsman quashes Loughinisland massacre report




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