#OTD in Irish History – 11 August:

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

In the Liturgical Calendar it is the Feast Day of Saint Attracta (also called Araght, and Naomh Adhracht in Irish), the patron saint of the parish of Tourlestrane, Co Sligo. Her legend states that she fled from home and took her vows as a nun under St Patrick at Coolavin. She then moved to Lough Gara, where she founded a hostel for travellers at a place now called Killaraght in her honour. The hostel survived until 1539. She is reputed to have defeated a dragon that was killing farmers’ livestock.

1691 – A Jacobite force under Patrick Sarsfield, guided by Galloping Hogan, destroys a Williamite siege train at Ballyneety, hampering the siege of Limerick.

1817 – Birth of first Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide Australia, Christopher Augustine Reynolds, in Dublin.

1835 – Birth of Protestant Christian preacher, evangelist and author, Henry Grattan Guinness, in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin.

1894 – Birth…

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