On this day…

Belfast, Ireland on the 2nd of December, 1912.

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Gardiner Street Area Millfield, gable adjoining No. 142 on plan. Streets in photo Millfield, Tate's Court, Gardiner Street. Belfast Ireland 2nd December 1912 Black and White

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Gardiner_Street_Area_(8934455883) Belfast Ireland 2nd December 1912

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On this day: Ireland legalises divorce

Anti-divorce protest in Ireland By the time Ireland voted on divorce in 1995, it was the only country in Europe where divorce was banned.

On the 24th of November, 1995, Ireland became the last country in Europe to legalise divorce. This occurred because of a referendum to change the constitution – not the first attempt to achieve this.

Ireland 1986. Anti-divorce posters at the Father Mathew Hall on polling day for the Divorce Referendum on 26 June.

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Divorce had been specifically forbidden in the 1937 Irish constitution. A heavily Catholic country, there was very strong opposition to the legal breakup of a marriage, just as there was when it came to the legalisation of contraception, which was only made available in the 1980s.

Irish campaign against the Divorce Referendum.

The success of the 1995 referendum was a close thing; the results were just over 50% in favour and 49.79% opposed.

On this day: a Wedding in Northern Ireland

Newlyweds, the Hamills, pose for a wedding portrait in Northern Ireland on the 17th of October, 1935. The couple also posed with their wedding party, and at the church with their guests. The bride also posed outside her wedding car.

The bride and groom were from the town of Dungannon, the third-largest in County Tyrone.

Creator-_H__Allison_&_Co__Photographers_(5279797155)Hamill family of Dungannon, County Tyrone - Wedding Portrait 17th October 1935 Northern Ireland. Vintage Wedding. Vintage Bride.

Creator-_H__Allison_&_Co__Photographers_(5279797155)Hamill family of Dungannon, County Tyrone - Wedding Portrait 17th October 1935 Northern Ireland. Vintage Wedding. Vintage Bride..

On this day: the Battle of Castlebar

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On the 27th of August, 1798, a rebellion took place in Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland.

In what would come to be known either as the Battle of Castlebar or the Castlebar Races, a force of two-thousand Irish rebels and French troops defeated six-thousand British troops.

This event was part of the larger failed Irish Rebellion of that year.

On this day: the Bray Head railway accident

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On the 9th of August, 1867 sudden subsidence at Brandy Hole Viaduct caused a train to derail.

The location of the disaster was Bray Head, County Wicklow, Ireland. Four people died and twenty-five were injured.

The report into the disaster was published a few weeks later, and can be found in full HERE.

“The train to which this accident happened was the up train leaving Enniscorthy for Dublin, at 6.30 a.m. It consisted of an engine and tender, six carriages, of which the first was fitted with a break, and a guard’s break van. A porter acting as guard rode in this van at the rear of the train. It left Delgany about its proper time, 9.5 a.m., and was travelling slowly round Bray Head in obedience to orders which had been given to all drivers, and had nearly reached this wooden viaduct (called Brabazon corner in the details supplied by the engineer (the late Mr. Brunel), previous to the opening of the line in October 1855), when the acting guard says he got a knock in his van, looked out of the window, and saw the carriages hopping on the rails, and then he put on his break.”