1848 in Ireland
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Other events of 1848
List of years in Ireland
Events from the year 1848 in Ireland.
- Ongoing - Great Famine: Potato blight returns and outbreaks of cholera are reported.
- February - John Mitchel publishes The United Irishman, a weekly Irish nationalist newspaper. It is suppressed and Mitchel arrested and convicted under the Treason Felony Act 1848 on 26 May and sentenced to transportation to Australia.
- 7 March - Thomas Francis Meagher flies the Irish Tricolour in Waterford, the first recorded usage of the flag which is now the national flag of the Republic of Ireland.
- 25 April - Andrew Graham discovers asteroid 9 Metis from politician Edward Joshua Cooper's private Markree Observatory in County Sligo, the first (and until 2008 only) discovery from Ireland of a minor planet.
- 12 May - Kilkenny railway station opened.
- June - Medical students Kevin Izod O'Doherty and Richard D'Alton Williams publish the Irish Tribune, a weekly Irish nationalist newspaper. It is suppressed after five issues and the editors arrested on 10 July. O'Doherty is convicted under the Treason Felony Act after a third trial on 30 October and sentenced to transportation to Australia; Williams is acquitted two days later.
- July - Famine victims on outdoor relief peak this month at almost 840,000 people.
- 22 July - Government suspends habeas corpus, thus Young Irelanders can be imprisoned on proclamation without trial.
- 29 July - Young Irelander Rebellion at Ballingarry in County Tipperary is broken up by the Irish Constabulary.
- October - Patrick Kennedy (1823–1858) starts out from County Wexford to emigrate to the United States where he will establish the politically significant Kennedy family.
- Completion of palm houses at Kew Gardens, London, and the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, by Richard Turner of Dublin.
Arts and literature
- Irish Academy of Music founded in Dublin.
- Cecil Frances Alexander's Hymns for Little Children published in aid of the Derry and Raphoe Diocesan Institution for the Deaf and Dumb, Strabane.
- Anthony Trollope's novel The Kellys and the O'Kellys, written and set in Ireland, is published in London.
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- 18 February - Samuel Jacob Jackson, politician in Canada (died 1942).
- 1 March - Augustus Saint-Gaudens, sculptor (died 1907).
- 22 March - Sarah Purser, painter and stained-glass maker (died 1943).
- 2 April - O'Moore Creagh, soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross for gallantry in 1879 at Kam Dakka, Afghanistan (died 1923).
- 5 May - John Nesbitt Kirchhoffer, lawyer and politician in Canada (died 1914).
- 12 May - James E. Morin, merchant and politician in Ontario.
- 11 June - Reginald Clare Hart, soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross for gallantry in 1879 in the Bazar Valley, Afghanistan (died 1931).
- 28 July - James Cooney, lawyer and Democratic politician in Missouri (died 1904).
- 10 August - William Harnett, painter (died 1892).
- 14 August - Margaret Lindsay Huggins, astronomer (died 1915)
- 28 August - Francis O'Neill, police officer in America and collector of Irish traditional music (died 1936).
- 4 September - George Edward Dobson, zoologist, photographer and army surgeon (died 1895).
- 5 October - T. P. O'Connor, journalist and Member of Parliament (died 1929).
- Rose La Touche, muse of John Ruskin (died 1875).
- 10 April - William Quarter, first Roman Catholic bishop of Chicago (born 1806).
- 3 May - Cornelius Heeney, merchant and politician in America (born 1754).
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- "John Mitchel 1815-1875, Revolutionary". Ireland's Eye. 1999–2005. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
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- "Kilkenny station". Railscot - Irish Railways. Archived from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-05.
- Boylan, Henry (1998). A Dictionary of Irish Biography (3rd ed.). Dublin: Gill & Macmillan. ISBN 0-7171-2945-4.
- Palmer, Alan; Veronica (1992). The Chronology of British History. London: Century Ltd. pp. 269–270. ISBN 0-7126-5616-2.