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1854 in Ireland

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1854 in Ireland
Centuries:  17th 18th 19th 20th 21st
Decades:  1830s 1840s 1850s 1860s 1870s


  • 1 January - Fastnet Rock lighthouse first lit.
  • 21 January - The iron clipper RMS Tayleur runs aground on Lambay Island on her maiden voyage out of Liverpool with the loss of at least 300 of around 650 on board.
  • 18 May - Catholic University of Ireland formally established in Dublin with John Henry Newman as first rector; lectures commence on 3 November.
  • 21 June - During the First Battle of Bomarsund, Scarva-born Mate Charles Davis Lucas throws a live shell overboard, the earliest action to result in award of the Victoria Cross (in 1857).
  • 20 September - During the Battle of the Alma, Elphin-born Sergeant Luke O'Connor saves the colours, the earliest action to result in award of the Victoria Cross to a soldier.
  • Quarrel between Tenant League and Archbishop Cullen; League appeals to Rome.
  • National Gallery of Ireland founded. Daniel Maclise paints The Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife which now hangs in the Gallery.
  • Births

  • 9 February - Edward Carson, Baron Carson, Irish Unionist leader, barrister and judge (died 1935).
  • 25 March - John Le Hay, born John Healy, comic baritone (died 1926 resulting from traffic accident in London)
  • 10 June - Sarah Grand, born Frances Elizabeth Bellenden Clarke, feminist author (died 1943 in England).
  • 1 May - Percy French, civil engineer, songwriter, entertainer and artist (died 1920).
  • 16 October - Oscar Wilde, playwright, novelist, poet (died 1900).
  • 24 October - Horace Plunkett, politician, agricultural reformer and writer (died 1932).
  • Full date unknown

  • Laurence Ginnell, nationalist, lawyer and politician, member of 1st Dáil (died 1923).
  • Bowman Malcolm, railway engineer (died 1933).
  • Deaths

  • 5 March - Thomas Devin Reilly, revolutionary, Young Irelander and journalist (born 1823).
  • 6 March - Charles Stewart, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry, soldier, politician and nobleman (born 1778).
  • 8 July - George Halpin, civil engineer (born c.1779).
  • 8 August - Thomas Crofton Croker, antiquary (born 1798).
  • 19 October - Henry Prittie, 2nd Baron Dunalley, politician (born 1775).
  • 31 December - Nathaniel Clements, 2nd Earl of Leitrim, nobleman and Whig MP (born 1768).
  • Full date unknown

  • Patrick O'Donoghue, journalist and Young Irelander.
  • References

    1854 in Ireland Wikipedia

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