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July 6,

Anti-Irish Riots in Philadelphia. The Late Late Show 1962. Archbishop John O’Reily. Dave Allen- on this day in Irish History

July 6: TODAY in Irish History:


Today in Irish History: Curated by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks

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1844: Anti-Irish, anti-Catholic Nativists riot in Philadelphia against the increasing influence of the Catholic (i.e. Irish) Church and the influx of Irish immigrants. At least fifteen people die in the rioting.

SEE –  Chaos in the Streets: The Philadelphia Riots of 1844

Philadelphia Nativist anti-Catholic riots 1844

Philadelphia Nativist anti-Catholic riots 1844


1915: Death of John O’Reily, Kilkenny born Archishop of Adelaide, Australia. In 1886 O’Reilly was elected bishop of the new diocese of Port Augusta, South Australia a position he held until he became the second Bishop of Adelaide, succeeding a fellow Irishman Christopher Augustine Reynolds.

Archbishop John O'Reily


1922: Civil War Dublin.

The Irish Times reports on the aftermath of the “Battle of Dublin,” –  the opening shots in what would become a vicious civil war.
“The Edinburgh Hotel, on the west side of Sackville street [now O’Connell Street], occupied a precarious position during the operations in that thoroughfare. Nevertheless, throughout the week about a dozen guests, with the staff, numbering as many more, remained in the building.
Yesterday afternoon, when the hotel took fire, they were at last obliged to leave after they had been warned by the firemen of their danger.
The small party, carrying various items of luggage, appeared at the front door, and, under a white flag, turned down towards the Nelson Pillar. They were at once turned into Henry street, where they were less exposed to fire, and when the troops were satisfied as to their bona fides, they were directed to go along towards Mary street, where they were held up. A newspaper representative who happened to be near took charge of the party, and explained their plight to the soldiers, who allowed them to pass through. They ultimately made their way to other hotels.”

1936: Comedian Dave Allen Death is born David O’Mahoney in Dublin. Allen was an irreverent comic who found fame in the UK, regularly poking  fun at the political and religious establishment.


1962: The first programme of The Late Late Show was broadcast on Telefis Eireann, the Irish national TV network. It was hosted by Gay Byrne who continued as presenter until 1999. The show is seen by many as a catalyst for social change in Ireland as its content of light entertainment and serious discussion made it hugely successful. Never ostentatious, Gay Byrne was a master show host with a unique ability to put guests at ease while teasing out serious issues.

The show was a forerunner in accepting guests who were critical of the dominance of the Catholic Church. Such “shocking” topics as contraception (the sale of condoms – banned in 1935 –  was only legalized in 1978), divorce and homosexuality were often aired for the first time on The Late Late Show to the disgust of people like Offaly Fine Gael politician Oliver Flanagan who famously claimed “There was no sex in Ireland before TV!”


The show continues to run today hosted by Ryan Tubridy.


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