#OTD in 1903 – Death of the first editor and proprietor of The Nation newspaper, Charles Gavan Duffy, in Nice, France.

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

Charles Gavan Duffy was born in Monaghan Town on the 12 April 1816. The son of a Catholic shopkeeper, his parents died when he was very young and he was raised by his uncle, Fr James Duffy, the Parish Priest of Castleblayney. Duffy was educated at St Malachy’s college in Belfast and was admitted to the Irish Bar in 1845.

In October 1842, Duffy founded The Nation, along with Thomas Osborne Davis and John Blake Dillon. All three were members of Daniel O’Connell’s Repeal Association, which would become known as the Young Ireland movement. The association campaigned for the repeal of the Act of Union of 1800 between Great Britain and Ireland. The newspaper gave a voice to the movement. The forgotten history of Ireland was remembered again and illuminated in its columns. By 1843 the circulation was at 250,000.

As a result of his support for Repeal, Duffy…

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