“Hurricane” Higgins – Famine Emigration to Canada – Physician John Moore Nelligan

July 24: TODAY in Irish History:

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Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks 

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1847:Famine Emigration 

“A report by Canada’s Chief Superintendent of Emigration states the numbers of emigrants who had arrived this year  were 56,855. In the same period of last year, 24,576 settlers reached the port, showing an increase this year of no less than 32,279.” (Source: Cork Examiner August 18, 1847)

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1863: Physician John Moore Nelligan

Death of John Moore Nelligan, one of the foremost physicians and medical teachers of his day. He was born in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary in 1815. He received particular acclaim for his book Medicines, their Uses and Modes of Administration. He was editor of Dublin Quarterly Journal of Medical Science from 1849 to 1861. Nelligan was an expert on cutaneous diseases, and in 1852 published a work on Diseases of the Skin. 

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1920: Belfast Sectarian Riots

Three days of sectarian riots in Belfast instigated by the Belfast Protestant Association come to an end. More than a dozen people are killed and many others are driven from their homes.

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1990: Bomb Kills RUC Officers and Nun

IRA bomb in Armagh kills three RUC officers and a Catholic nun who was driving by at the time. The IRA and Martin McGuinness of Sinn Féin apologised for the death of the nun.

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2010: Alex Higgins RIP

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Snooker great Alex Higgins dies aged 59. Hurricane Higgins was one the first “rock star” of snooker, winning world championships in 1972 and 1982. He was flamboyant in everything he did, both on and off the table and a lifestyle of women, alcohol and smoking was grist to the mill for the tabloid press. The undisciplined life style ensured he never won as much as his talent might have suggested and unfortunately accelerated his death, effectively penniless, from cancer in 2010.
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