- In 1171 Henry II, the Norman
king of England, conquered Ireland forcing the Irish to recognize
him as king of Ireland.
- By the 1300's the Normans
ruled almost all of Ireland.
- In 1534 Henry VIII started
trying to regain Ireland's influence.
- In 1541 Henry VIII forced
Ireland's government to make him ruler of Ireland.
- Roman Catholics all throughout
Ireland thought that they would lose their land because they were
- In 1641 the Irish began a
revolt against England.
- After James II, a Catholic,
became King of England in 1685, he abolished many of the
anti-Catholic laws established earlier.
- In 1688 the English people,
most of whom were Protestants, forced James to give up the throne.
William the III, a Protestant, then became king. James went to
Ireland and organized an army to fight the English but the
Protestants in Ulster supported William and helped the English win
- During the 1700's, the British
kept control over Ireland and it's parliment.
- In 1845 Ireland's potato crop
failed causing many Irish to immigrate due to lack of food.
- In 1847 the Potato Famine
- In 1916 the Easter Rising
against Bristish rule erupted in Dublin.
- In 1921 Ireland became a
dominion of the Bristish Commonwealth called the Irish Free
- In 1949 Ireland declared
itself a republic.
- In 1985 Ireland was given an
advisory role,but no direct powers, in Northern Ireland's
- In 1990 Mary Robinson became
Ireland's first woman president.
"May you have
a song in your heart
a smile on your lips
and nothing but joy
on your finger tips!"
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