Garret Fitzgerald – Siege of Athlone – Four Courts Abandoned

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Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks 

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1691: Siege of Athlone

Another dark day in Irish military history as Athlone falls to the forces of Protestant King William of Orange who would eventually King of England, Scotland and Ireland. The siege of Athlone was a key conflict in what is known as The Williamite War which was a conflict between the last Catholic King of England, James II and Protestant forces of King William.

The Siege of Athlone

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1798: Death Throes of Rebellion

In what was a relatively small skirmish compared to the mayhem of previous weeks of the 1798 Rebellion, Irish rebels win a small victory against English troops at Ballyellis, Co. Wexford. It would be the last Irish victory in the most violent Irish rebellion in modern history. At least 10,000 died in a campaign that saw appalling atrocities inflicted by English and Irish.

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SEE: MORE ON 1798 REBELLION by Professor Thomas Bartlett, Professor of Modern Irish History at University College Dublin

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READ: The 1798 Rebellion and the Origins of Irish Republicanism.

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1922: Four Courts Abandoned and Destroyed

Anti-Treaty forces abandon The Four Courts in Dublin which was bombarded for two days under the orders of Michael Collins. Tragically, the Irish Public Records Office which housed official documents, archives and artifacts from almost 1,000 years of Irish history was destroyed during the bombing.

Four Courts Dublin on fire

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1981: Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald

Garret Fitzgerald is elected Taoiseach and leader of a minority government composed of Fine Gael and Labour TDs (members of parliament.) Fitzgerald would be in power for only eight months before losing another general election to the charismatic, but crooked and profligate Charles Haughey. A third general election in an 18 month period (December 1982) would see Fitzgerald again in power, a position he held until 1987.

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READ: Garret Fitzgerald biography at UCD.ie

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2 Comments to “Garret Fitzgerald – Siege of Athlone – Four Courts Abandoned”

  1. A wonderful website, particularly the short history of Ireland. Not just useful for Irish Americans, but for any Irishman there are plenty of useful facts or forgotten nuggets of our heritage.

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