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#OTD in Irish History – 20 March:

Spring Equinox

1761 – Robert Simms, a founder of the United Irishmen and proprietor of the Northern Star, is born.

1780 – Miles Byrne, United Irishman and officer in Napoleon’s Irish Legion, is born in Monaseed, Co Wexford. 1,129 more words

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Spring Equinox in the Ancient Irish Calendar – 20 March 2018

Equinox is the date (or moment) some astronomical alignments in Ireland mark as being auspicious. Not many, mind you, but some, like the cairn on Loughcrew or the two passages of Knowth, a sort of super-alignment with quadruple significance. 499 more words

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#OTD in 1921 – Tom Barry and the West Cork Flying Column routs a superior force from the Essex Regiment at Crossbarry.

A force of 100 IRA members under the leadership of Tom Barry are involved in a major skirmish with up to 1,000 British troops at Crossbarry, Co Cork. 300 more words

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#OTD in Irish History – 19 March:

In the Liturgical calendar, today is the feast of St Joseph. According to legend, this is a lucky day to be born in the Highlands, where they say children born today cannot be killed in battle. 831 more words

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The Legend of Sadhbh

Sadhbh’s story, according to Lady Gregory’s Complete Irish Mythology describes how she was cursed by a dark sorcerer of the Tuatha Dé Danann named Fer Doirich. 514 more words

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From the Emerald Isle to the Borderland: How the Irish contributed to El Paso history

Originally published in El Paso Inc. B Section on March 12, 2018.

The Southwest may not be the first place you think of when you think of Irish immigrants, but the connection is closer than you might think. 1,101 more words

#OTD in 1947 – The world’s first duty-free shop opened at Shannon Airport, and began as a simple kiosk measuring just a few square metres, selling souvenirs and gifts.

The Duty-Free shop became an immediate success and has been copied worldwide.

In its heyday, the tarmac and terminal welcomed leading Hollywood screen stars and celebrities, including Marilyn Monroe, Gene Kelly and Yul Brenner. 111 more words

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