On This Day In Clare History – 31 March

On This Day In Clare History – 31 March


onthisdayEvents that took place in County Clare on this day down through history.

1831 – At Ennis Court, 13 men from Kilkeedy Parish – including Michael McNamara, Patrick O’Connor, John O’Donoghue and James Quinn – were sentenced to be “transported forthwith for the term of your natural life out of Europe, beyond the seas… for “feloniously administering an unlawful oath to the Rev. Oliver Grace, to the purport that he should give up his land…’
1881 – Census figures showed that 100,496 Clare men and women left Ireland for foreign parts between 1st May 1851 and this date.
1892 –  Alexander Shaw , Richard Plummer and a number of officers from the Black Watch Regiment of the British Army went to the West coast of Clare in search of sand dunes that would be suitable for the development of a golf course. They discovered Lahinch and during a second visit in early April they laid out a course.
1896 – Women became qualified for election as poor law guardians (welfare administrators) under the Poor Law Guardians Act.
1901 – A census showed the population of Clare to be 113,334; this is the last census to be taken on the basis of baronies
1918 – Joseph Copely (19) of Kilrush, died in the Battle of Pozieres, France, fighting with the Royal Munster Fusiliers.
1920 – British parliament accepted Irish “Home Rule” law
1921 – RIC Constable Stanley Moore was killed by the IRA in Miltown Malbay. British reprisals included the burning of some homes and businesses in the town.
1931 – Residents in Scattery Island, off the Clare coast, and other islands in the Shannon were told by the County Council Finance Committee that the arrears of rates to March 31st 1935, in respect of the islands adjoining the county be struck off as irrecoverable.
1966 – A Parade through the centre of Ennis marks the 50th anniversary of Easter Rising
2008 – David “Davy” Fitzgerald retired from intercounty hurling. He was soon appointed manager of the Waterford Senior Hurlers.