January 18 1485 AD: Great Wall Of Athlone

Warren FitzWarren-O’Toole builds The Great Wall Of Athlone. For many years it is credited with keeping out the invading Mongol hordes, despite being constructed partly of matted dog fur and partly if gaping holes. Only in the early 1950s with the advent of widely available cheap atlases is it generally conceded that geographical good fortune rather than FitzWarren’s edifice has been responsible in large part for the absence from the Athlone high street of pubs and dairies named “Old Mother Khan’s”.

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