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March 13,

Ireland Rugby Grand Slam. U2 in Rock Hall of Fame.

March 13: TODAY in Irish History (by IrishmanSpeaks) Twitter Icon

1846: Ballinglass Famine Evictions

Over 300 people in the village of Balinglass, County Galway are evicted by their landlord. All their housing was destroyed by army and police; the people slept in the ruins in the following night. The next day, police and army returned to evict them permanently.


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1939: Satirist and commentator Flann O’Brien’s  (Brian O’Nolan / Myles na gCopaleen)  At Swim-Two-Birds is published.

1944: Britain suspends all travel from Ireland to UK. Ireland maintained neutrality during the second world war which was a major bone of contention with the allies. Axis diplomats had free passage in Ireland. A frustrated London government eventually decided to prevent entry from Ireland as it suspected Germany was using it as a launch pad for spying missions.

1948: Ireland wins the rugby “Grand Slam” for first time defeating England, Scotland, Wales and France in international test matches. It would take 61 years for Ireland to repeat the Grand Slam.

1960: U2 bass player Adam Clayton is born in England. His family moved to the beautiful little village of Malahide, Co. Dublin when he was five years age. He was friendly with U2’s Edge (Dave Evans) from childhood. The two would eventually form U2 with Larry Mullen and Paul Hewson (Bono).

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2005: On Adam Clayton’s birthday U2 are inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame by another great performer with Irish roots Bruce Springsteen.

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