August 2: TODAY in Irish History:
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1800: Last Day of Irish Parliament
Following the passing of the Act of Union the previous day which abolished the Irish Parliament, the Irish House of Commons meets for the last time. It would be more than one hundred twenty years before Ireland would again have legislative autonomy.
1820: Physicist John Tyndall
Physicist John Tyndall is born in Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow. He was was one of the most influential scientists of the second half of the nineteenth century. “Tyndall is perhaps most famous for arguing that only naturalistic explanations should figure in science, and that theistic explanations therefore had no role to play.” (That explanation is from York University, Canada.)
He spent some time in Germany as a young man which “turned Tyndall into something of a naturphilosophisch romantic pantheist.” (That is from Victorianweb.org )!
Tyndall’s influence on his field can be gauged by the number of organizations that bear his name including the Tyndall Center for Climate Change Research, the John Tyndall Institute for Nuclear Research and the Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork.
1932: Actor Peter O’Toole
Actor Peter O’Toole is born(probably) in Connemara although he does admit to uncertainty as to his birthplace. This illustration of Peter O’Toole by Mark Anderson is from For the Love of Being I
O’Toole became a hugely successful and sometimes a hugely boisterous actor who “liked a drink.” The actor is best known for his starring role as T.E. Lawrence in David Lean’s epic Lawrence of Arabia.
Accolades include four Golden Globes, a BAFTA, an Emmy, and was the recipient of an Honorary Academy Award in 2003 for his body of work, some consolation for the unenviable record he holds of eight Academy nominations without a win.
1981:IRA Hunger Striker Kieran Doherty
IRA hunger strikers are now dying at an alarming rate. Kieran Doherty is the eight person to die in an attempt to gain political recognition. He had been on hunger strike for seventy three days, the longest period any of the strikers survived. Doherty was serving an eighteen year sentence for possession of firearms and explosives. The emotion which the hunger strike evoked in the Republic of Ireland can be gauged by the fact that the ailing, imprisoned Doherty was elected TD for Cavan Monaghan just weeks before his death.
See blog by Sinn Fein member Matt Carthy on 30th anniversary of Doherty’s death.
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