ON THIS DAY in IRISH HISTORY

ON THIS DAY in IRISH HISTORY APRIL

5 April 1855 – The Dublin-Belfast railway is completed with building of the Boyne viaduct at Drogheda.

5 April 1962 – Guinness formally adopts the harp as it’s symbol.

6 April 1959 – Sean O’Kelly became the first president of Ireland to be officially welcomed on British soil.

7 April 1941 – A Luftwaffe bomb kills thirteen people in Belfast in the first German bombing of Northern Ireland.

10 April 1867 – George William Russell, widely known as ‘AE’, poet, mystic, editor, writer and artist, was born in Lurgan, Co. Armagh.

12 April 1914 – George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion opens in London.

15 April 1848 – Thomas Francis Meagher presents the tricolor national flag of Ireland to the public for the first time. He was inspired by the French tricolor.

21 April 1916 – Sir Roger Casement is arrested by the Crown after an attempt to obtain German help to win Irish independence.

22 April 1967 – Actor, writer, and novelist, Walter Macken, is best remembered for his historical trilogy Seek the Fair Land (1959), The Silent People (1962) and the Scorching Wind (1964), died.          

29 April 1957 – Daniel Day-Lewis, best actor Oscar winner for My Left Foot and There Will Be Blood, is born.

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