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1690 William of Orange and his army reached Limerick on this day in 1690, but didn’t have sufficient weaponry to attack. It was during the Williamite War in Ireland, fought between William of Orange and his Protestant followers, and King James II and his Catholic supporters – known as Jacobites.

The Jacobites had been forced south after losing control of much of the north of the country. They were losing the war and even King James had fled to France to re-assess his position. The remaining Jacobites made the city of Limerick their fortress. William and his army arrived to take control of the city but had to wait for their siege cannon to arrive from Dublin.

This was intercepted and destroyed by Jacobite troops meaning William had to wait for another ten days before sufficient weaponry arrived to make an attack on the city.

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1937 Rosemary Smith was born in Dublin on this day in 1937. She initially trained as a dressmaker but soon decided that she wanted a more exciting career and entered into the sport of rally driving.

She started out as a navigator but then switched to the driver’s seat. She won several prizes including the Circuit of Ireland Rally and the Tulip Rally. She was disqualified from the 1966 Monte Carlo Rally, a decision that she considered outrageous and nearly made her give up the sport.

However, she got over that disappointment to go on to win several more prestigious races including the Scottish Rally, the Alpine Rally and the Acropolis Rally. Smith is admired as being one of Ireland’s leading female sports stars.

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1943 Sarah Purser died on this day in 1943. She was an Irish painter from Dublin most famous as a portraitist but also created many pieces of art using stained glass. Her stained glass artwork was bought by art-lovers as far as New York and also proved to be very popular amongst the British aristocracy.

Purser was also an astute businesswoman and became extremely wealthy after making shrewd investments in companies such as the Guinness brewery. In 1923, she became the first female member of the Royal Hibernian Academy.

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1944 Brendan McWilliams was born on this day in Dublin in 1944. He was a meteorologist and writer who worked as a weather forecaster at Shannon Airport and also as an on-screen television presenter. He also had a column in the Irish Times called Weather Eye.

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2001 The cremation of popular Irish actor Joe Lynch took place in Alicante, Spain on this day in 2001. Close friends and family mourned the death of the Co Cork man, as did many more fans in Ireland and around the world.

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Lynch was one of the most recognisable faces on Irish television for many years. He starred in numerous films in the 1960s and 70s such as The Siege of Sidney Street, Girl with Green Eyes, The Face of Fu Manchu and The Mackintosh Man.

He also had long standing roles in the British soap Coronation Street, and the Irish soaps Bracken and Glenroe. Unfortunately, Lynch left Glenroe after falling out with the makers RTÉ over pay and the flexibility of his contract.

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2002 The Irish government made a public announcement on this day in 2002 that the American Special Forces would not be allowed to use any of the Irish airspace or airports to assist them with their war in Iraq. The decision divided opinion in Ireland.

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More on Irish history

Did you know?

Female Irish warrior Grainne Ni Mhaile, or Grace O’Malley is one of the most colourful characters in Irish history. Born around 1530, she was a Pirate Queen and became a constant thorn in the side of British Queen Elizabeth I. Find out more.

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