November 19

Published in On this Day listing

  • 1984 Following a meeting in London with Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher rejected the three options of the New Ireland Forum in her notorious ‘Out! Out! Out!’ speech.
  • 1924 Cardinal Michael Logue, archbishop of Armagh and primate of all-Ireland since 1887, died.
  • 1918 Brendan Corish, leader of the Labour Party (1960–77) and Minister for Health and Minister for Social Welfare in the National Coalition (1973–7), born in Wexford.
  • 1916 Fr Michael O’Hickey (55), Professor of Irish at Maynooth College (1896–1909), died.
  • 1913 The Citizen Army, also referred to as the Irish Citizen Army, was founded by James Connolly on the suggestion of the Ulster Protestant nationalist J. R. ‘Jock’ White. Connolly led 210 Citizen Army men and women in the 1916 Rising, of whom eleven were killed in action.
  • 1798 Theobald Wolfe Tone (35), ‘the father of Irish republicanism’, died in prison from a self-inflicted wound.
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