1889 in Ireland

1889 in Ireland


*JuneEdward Carson becomes the youngest QC in Ireland (aged 35). ["Edward Carson". A.T.Q. Stewart, Gill’s Irish Lives, Gill & Macmillan, Dublin 1981]
*JulyBallymena and Larne Railway taken over by Belfast and Northern Counties Railway. [cite book |last= Ferris |first= T |title= The Irish Narrow Gauge (Volume 2, The Ulster Lines)|publisher= Midland Publishing|year= 1993 |isbn= 1-85780-017-6 ]
*24 December – Irish nationalist Charles Stewart Parnell is accused of adultery after Captain Willy O'Shea files for divorce on the grounds his wife Kitty O'Shea had an affair with Parnell. The scandal would later result in the dismissal of Parnell as leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party.
* A religious group of the Order of Carmelite leave Dublin for the United States at the invitation of the New York Archbishop later establishing the Provence of St. Elias.
* The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is founded.
* The Land League builds a house for recently evicted tenant Tom Kelly in Kiltimagh, County Mayo.
* Poet William Butler Yeats is introduced by John O'Leary to Irish nationalist Maude Gonne.
* Union leader James Connolly is married to Lillie Reynolds in Dublin. Connolly later deserts the British Army and flees to Perth, Scotland.
* Industrialist Horace Plunkett returns to Ireland after his fathers death.
*The Tropical Ravine House in Belfast Botanic Gardens is built by head gardener Charles McKimm.
*Foundation stone laid for the Albert Bridge, Belfast by Queen Victoria’s grandson, Prince Albert Victor.

Arts and literature

* Richard Davis publishes "."
* John T. Gilbert's "Calendar of Ancient Records of the Corporation of Dublin" is published.
* Arthur Graves's writes the lyrics of "Father O'Flynn"
* Douglas Hyde publishes "Beside the Fire."
* George Moore's publishes "Mike Fletcher."
* Standish James O'Grady's publishes "Red Hugh's Captivity."
* Whitworth Porter publishes "History of the Corps of Royal Engineers."
* Amye Reade's "Ruby" is published.
* Dr. G.T. Stokes publishes "Ireland and the Anglo-Norman Church."
* Oscar Wilde's dialog "Decay of Lying" and "Portrait of Mr WH" are published.
* William Butler Yeats publishes "The Wanderings of Oisen" and "Crossways."



* July 8 – The last official bare knuckles title fight ever held as Heavyweight Champion John L. Sullivan defeats Jack Kilrain in a world championship bout lasting 75 rounds.


*International::2 March England 6 – 0 Ireland (in Liverpool)cite book | last=Hayes, Dean| year=2006 |title=Northern Ireland International Football Facts | publisher=Appletree Press | location= Belfast | pages=p 151-152|isbn=0-86281-874-5] ::9 March Scotland 7 – 0 Ireland (in Glasgow)::27 April Ireland 1 – 3 Wales (in Belfast)

*Irish Cup::Winners: Distillery 5 – 4 YMCA

*Glenavon F.C. was founded in Lurgan, County Armagh.

Gaelic Games

* The first GAA Armagh Championship is held.
* The hierarchy of the Catholic Church, including Archbishop Logue, condemn the GAA for its violence and demoralising influences as well as charging the association as a recruiting ground of radical nationalist organizations.
* March 24 – The first Cavan Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) convention is held in Armagh.
* September 8 – The Cavan Gaelic Athletic Association holds a football game between Killinkere and Crosserlough. The game is reported by the Anglo-Celt as "..More like a contest between 42 dangerous and ferocious wire haired lunatics than any competition."


* The Royal County Down Golf Club is founded in Newcastle, County Down.
* The Royal Dublin Golf Club moves from Sutton to its present home on Bull Island.
* Golf is first played at the Dooks Golf Club in Killorglin, County Kerry.


January to June

*1 JanuaryPatrick McGill, in Glenties, writer.
*10 JanuaryMaurice Collis, colonial administrator and writer (d.1973).
*2 FebruaryDorothy Macardle, author and historian (d.1958).
*17 MarchHarry Clarke, stained glass artist and book illustrator (d.1931).
*12 AprilPatrick McGilliganCumann na nGaedhael/Fine Gael TD and Cabinet Minister (d.1979).
*13 AprilErnest Blythe, writer, journalist and theatre manager, member of 1st Dáil and Cabinet Minister (b.1975).
*7 JuneFrank Duff, founder of the Legion of Mary (d.1980).
*JuneJames Sleator, painter (d.1950).

July to December

*19 JulyJohn Vincent Holland, soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross for gallantry in 1916 at Guillemont, France (d.1975).
*22 AugustSeán MacEntee, Fianna Fáil TD and Tánaiste from 1959 to 1965 (d.1984).
*17 NovemberJames Duffy, soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross for gallantry in 1917 at Kereina Peak, Palestine (d.1969).
*20 NovemberDonn Byrne, writer.
*1 DecemberMichael Hayes, Pro-Treaty TD, Cabinet Minister, Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann member (d.1976).
*24 DecemberPatrick MacGill, journalist, poet and novelist (d.1963).

Full date unknown

*Ina Boyle, conductor.
*Arthur Duff, conductor.
*Seán Keating, painter (d.1977).
*Finian Lynch, Sinn Féin MP and TD, member of 1st Dáil, Cabinet Minister, Cumann na nGaedhael and Fine Gael TD (d.1966).
*James Macauley, former soccer player.
*Sean Moylan, Sinn Féin leader, Fianna Fáil TD, member of 9th Seanad.
*Séamus Ó Grianna, writer (d.1969).
*Michael Riordan, San Francisco Police Department Chief (d.1967).
*Helen Waddell, poet, translator and playwright (d.1965).


*9 FebruaryPeter Lalor, leader of the Eureka Stockade rebellion in Australia (b.1827).
*29 FebruaryRichard Pigott, newspaper editor.
*16 MarchHans Crocker, lawyer and Wisconsin politician (b.1815).
*13 AprilThomas Lane, recipient of the Victoria Cross for gallantry in 1860 at the Taku Forts, China (b.1836).
*10 MayEdward Jennings, soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross for gallantry in 1857 at Lucknow, India (b. c1820).
*19 JulyPatrick Green, soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross for gallantry in 1857 at Delhi, India (b.1824).
*6 OctoberHans Garrett Moore, soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross for gallantry in 1877 at Komgha, South Africa (b.1830).
*21 OctoberJohn Ball, politician, naturalist and Alpine traveller (b.1818).
*18 NovemberWilliam Allingham, poet.
*7 DecemberJohn Tuigg, third Roman Catholic Bishop of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (b.1828).

Full date unknown

*William Barber, businessman and politician in Ontario.
*Michael Joseph Barry, poet.
*Arthur Gerald Geoghegan, poet.
*Dr. Henry Hudson, magazine editor.
*Charles Lanyon, architect (b.1813).
*Edmund O'Rourke, dramatist.


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