1876 in Ireland

Events from the year 1876 in Ireland.

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See also:1876 in the United Kingdom
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1876 doorway Waterford
Doorway on Waterford quays, depicting the year 1876 and the royal arms.


Arts and literature

Henry Albert Hartland's 1876 landscape painting On the moors, Achill Island, Co. Mayo, Ireland




  1. ^ Patterson, Edward M. (1962). The Great Northern Railway of Ireland. Oakwood Press.
1876 Cork City by-election

A bye-election was held in the UK House of Commons constituency of Cork City on 25 May 1876 due to the death of Joseph Philip Ronayne, one of the two incumbent Home Rule League MPs, on 7 May 1876. It was won by the Conservative candidate William Goulding because the Home Rule vote was split between two candidates. It was the last time that a parliamentary election for Cork City was won by a Conservative or Unionist.

1876 Donegal by-election

The Donegal by-election of 1876 was fought on 26 August 1876. The byelection was fought due to the death of the incumbent Conservative MP, Thomas Conolly. It was won by the Conservative candidate William Wilson, who beat the Liberal candidate, Thomas Lea, former member for Kidderminster, by 1,975 votes to 1876, a majority of 99.

1876 Leitrim by-election

The Leitrim by-election of 1876 was fought on 14 July 1876. The byelection was fought due to the succession to a peerage of the incumbent Conservative MP, William Ormsby-Gore. It was won by the Home Rule candidate Francis O'Beirne.

1877 Waterford County by-election

A by-election was held on 20 January 1877 for the UK House of Commons constituency of Waterford County to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Home Rule League MP Sir John Esmonde, one of the two members returned in the 1874 general election. The by-election was won by the Home Rule candidate, James Delahunty.

A Home Rule meeting in Dungarvan on 2 January 1877 endorsed the candidacy of James Esmonde, Kilkenny landlord and brother of the deceased MP, ahead of those of Delahunty, Denis Joseph Rearden and G. C. P. Fitzgerald. When the meeting had asked candidates to stand down if not endorsed by it, Delahunty had declined to give such an undertaking. The Kilkenny Farmers' Association had placed an advertisement in The Freeman's Journal and The Waterford News warning voters that Esmonde was "the true type of a bad Irish landlord".On 14 January, Delahunty and Esmonde were formally nominated, as was Liberal candidate Frederick Lehmann; Esmonde withdrew before polling day.

5 ft 3 in gauge railways

Railways with track gauge of 5 ft 3 in (1,600 mm) are broad gauge railways, currently in use in Australia, Brazil and Ireland.

Carleton Bass

Ernest Carleton Bass, best-known as Carleton Bass, born 1876 in Ireland, was a notorious bullfighter who billed himself in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as the "first North American bullfighter." In reality, he was an Irish immigrant who never became an American citizen, and his anemic bullfighting skill led to him being booed from bullfighting rings in Mexico. Though he had learned some swordfighting and bullfighting skills in Spain before his arrival in the United States, he was a poor fighter. In 1903, he suffered an attack of nerves before a fight in Mexico and failed to fight. In 1904, he was a key figure in the St. Louis bullfight riot, which led to the destruction of a 14,000-seat arena by fire. Three days after the riot, he shot and killed fellow matador Don Manuel Cervera after the other man attacked Bass with a knife over a dispute regarding the bullfight canceled by the riot. A subsequent coroner's inquest found Bass acted in self-defense and should not be charged with murder. Following his acquittal, Bass went on to star in several bloodless bullfights. These involved enraging the bull, causing it to charge and miss, but not spearing it or cutting it with a sword.

John Henry Foley

John Henry Foley (24 May 1818 in Dublin – 27 August 1874 in London), often referred to as J. H. Foley, was an Irish sculptor, working in London. he is best known for his statues of Daniel O'Connell in Dublin, and of Prince Albert for the Albert Memorial in London.

Norah Richards

Norah Richards (1876 – 3 March 1971) was an Irish-born actress and theatre practitioner, who was later called the Lady Gregory of the Punjab. She devoted 60 years (1911–1971) of her life towards enriching the culture of the area. She came to the Punjab in 1911 and produced the first Punjabi play, Dulhan ("The Bride"), written by her pupil I.C. Nanda in 1914.In 1970, Punjabi University, Patiala, conferred an honorary DLitt degree on her, for her contribution to Punjabi culture, especially Punjabi drama.

Robert Adair (cricketer)

Robert Emile Adair (1876 in Ireland – 18 March 1951 in Essex, England) was an Irish cricketer. He was a right-handed batsman and a right-arm fast-medium bowler.

He first played for Ireland against I Zingari in August 1899, and next played in Ireland's first four first-class matches in 1902, his last coming against Cambridge University. He later played for a Scottish Counties team against Yorkshire in 1910 in a match that was abandoned after one day due to the death of King Edward VII.

Years in Ireland (1101–present)

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