This Day in Irish History

on the 19th of August

In the year: 1792
Edward Hincks, orientalist, is born in Cork

In the year: 1999
The Connemara Pony Fair in Clifden- the west of Ireland's most prestigious horse festival - is marred by brawls between two traveller groups. The violence is a result of a long running feud between the McDonagh and Ward families

In the year: 1887
Birth of poet Francis Ledwidge in Slane, Co. Meath

In the year: 1504
After Ulick Burke of Clanricard seizes Galway city, Edward Fitzgerald, the Earl of Kildare, goes to Connacht and defeats Burke at Knockdoe. This is the largest battle ever fought between Irishmen, with 10,000 participants and 2,000 fatalities; however, most of the fighting is done by gall óglach - foreign warriors - or gallowglas. As a reward, Fitzgerald is made a Knight of the Garter

In the year: 1995
After 26 years of shows by some of Ireland's top artists, Dublin's Baggot Inn hosts its final live concert performance