05 August-Michael Banim

Michael Banim writer and Kilkenny businessman was brother of the author John Banim. He collaborated with his brother on several writing projects but was the principal author of works such as The Croppy. He was Postmaster of Kilkenny for many years and served a term as Mayor of Kilkenny City. Michael Banim was born in Kilkenny in 1796 On This Day

The Croppy photo

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The Croppy photo

Photo by Internet Archive Book Images

12 August-Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham Gaol is located in Kilmainham, Dublin, Ireland. It served as a prison from 1796 until 1924. Together with containing ordinary criminals the prison also held some of the most famous political and military leaders in Irish history. Kilmainham Gaol is now a museum which attracts large numbers of visitors every year.

In 1786 a decision was made by the Dublin Grand Jury to build a new prison at Kilmainham. The new prison was to replace an older nearby prison. The new building was completed in 1796. During its history it held leaders of the rebellions of 1798, 1803, 1848, 1867 and 1916. Many of the leaders of the 1916 Ester Rising were executed in Kilmainham Gaol.

Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin received its first prisoners in the year 1796 On This Day.

Kilmainham Gaol





23 May-John Roberts, Architect Waterford

John Roberts was an architect who was a native of Waterford City, Ireland. The Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland Cathedrals are just two of the Waterford buildings designed by Roberts. He was the son of architect Thomas Roberts who was responsible for several projects in Waterford and Cork including the installation of the water supply in the quay area of Waterford.

John Roberts was born in Waterford City in 1712. Having worked with his father he moved to London ‘to improve himself in the knowledge of his profession’. At the age of seventeen he married Mary Susannah Sautelle. John Roberts and Mary Sautelle returned to Waterford where they had twenty-four children.

The first major work carried out by Roberts was to complete the palace of the Bishop Richard Chenevix of Waterford in 1746. Several other commissions followed, including residences and the Leper Hospital in Waterford. His work includes buildings which today are used by the Chamber of Commerce, the Theatre Royal and City Hall. Waterford City is unique in that both the Protestant and Catholic Cathedrals were built by the same architect, John Roberts.

It is reported that during the building of the Roman Catholic Cathedral in 1796, Roberts went to the site at 3am by mistake. He normally reported at 6am to supervise the work. Finding nobody at work he sat down and fell asleep in the unfinished building. He caught a chill from which he died a short time later.

John Roberts who built both Catholic and Church of Ireland Cathedrals in Waterford City died in the year 1796 On This Day.

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