September (Meán Fómhair) 4th

1798 - Cornwallis moves forward from Tuam to attack Castlebar
Humbert leaves Castlebar with 800 French troops and 1000 Irish rebels and moves into Co Sligo. His plan is to march to Ulster. Humbert marches all might. Rising takes place in Longford and Westmeath


1844 - Conspiracy judgment against Daniel O’Connell is reversed by House of Lords


1851 - John Dillon, Nationalist politician, is born in Blackrock, Co. Dublin


1922 - Dónal Foley, journalist, humorist and author of 'Man Bites Dog' column in the Irish Times, is born in Ring, Co. Waterford

1934 - Officer Peter Tierney (MA) succumbed to injuries sustained 12 days earlier when he was assaulted while investigating a disturbance at a local hotel.


1940 - Patrolman David McGonagill (TX) was killed when he was struck by lightning while on patrol on his motorcycle.

1961 - Patrolman Francis X. Walsh was shot and killed when he attempted to arrest a man who was robbing a food market.


1962 - Patrolman Nicholas Panico and Patrolman Robert Byrnes (NYC) were shot and killed by a man who went on a shooting spree at Coney Island.

1969 - Special Agent David Doyle was killed in an automobile accident while on duty in Delisle, Mississippi.


1976 - Women protest against men-only bathing at the Forty Foot in Sandycove.

Feast Day:


St.Monessa of Ireland, Virgin


Died 456. According to tradition, Saint Monessa was the daughter of an Irish chieftain who was baptized by Saint Patrick. Immediately after
rising from the water, she died in a state of grace. Nothing else is known about her (Benedictines, Encyclopaedia, Montague).


St. Ultan of Ardbraccan, Bishop


7th century. Ultan is a popular name among Irish saints; this one is said to have been the first bishop of Ardbraccan (Meath), Ireland, and
apostle to the Desi of Meath. He had a special place in his heart for children, especially orphans and foundlings for whom he provided for
founding a school, where he educated and fed them. He is also reported to have collected the writings of Saint Brigid and wrote her vita. No
life of Saint Ultan has survived, but there is a long notice in the Martyrology of Oengus and a poem praising him (Benedictines, Farmer, Husenbeth).