August 21,

Bono Gets Hitched – Larne Gun Runner Frederick Crawford at Today in Irish History

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1861: Larne Gun Runner Frederick Crawford

Birth of Frederick Crawford. Crawford is one of the lesser known figures in Ulster Unionist history but one who was hugely influential because of his involvement in what is known as the Larne gun running incident when he was responsible for smuggling over 25,000 guns into the North on the night of April 24 1914.

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Fred Crawford Larne Gun Runner
Fred Crawford Larne Gun Runner

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By 1912, Ulster Unionists were prepared to take desperate measures to ensure Ireland (or at least Ulster) stayed under English rule and not, as Loyalists saw it, be taken over by a Catholic dominated “foreign” culture which is how Unionists saw the general Irish nationalist movement. To some extent, Loyalist thinking was similar to the States Rights logic of the Confederate United States. Robert E. Lee refused a command in the Union Army at the commencement of the Civil War to fight for his beloved Virginia.

Crawford summed up  this sentiment in his book Guns for Ulster when he wrote about the Scottish Protestant immigrants who settled in Ulster in the 1600-1700s.  ” From these settlers sprang a people, the Ulster-Scot, who have made themselves felt in the history of the British Empire and, in no small measure, in that of the United States of America.” (See for instance Andrew Jackson.)  He went on to write “I am ashamed to call myself an Irishman. Thank God I am not one. I am an Ulsterman, a very different breed.”

Crawford was strongly supported by other Loyalist politicians including Edward Carson who ironically was born in Dublin. The weapons went to arm The Ulster Volunteer Force in very public defiance of the rule (ironically) of British law. Some weeks after the Larne incident, Irish nationalists led by Countess Markievicz would land guns at Howth, Co Dublin  literally in view of English authorities who failed to understand the nuances of a nation where Loyalists were prepared to fight Britain to stay part of Britain and Nationalists were prepared to fight Britain to gain independence from Britain.

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1982: Bono Gets Hitched

Seduced by her Mysterious Ways, U2 frontman Bono marries Ali Stewart in Raheny, Dublin. He is twenty two. She is twenty one. Bono knew that Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own. After Ali told Bono Get On Your Boots and he said   I Will Follow on that Beautiful Day, we can assume that when singing I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, the little Dublin lad does not mean Ali.  For the last thirty years it seems as if Two Hearts Beat As One for a couple who have it seems have an Unforgettable  Fire and who endeavor to do a Magnificent job for social justice.

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August 20,

Phil Lynott – Bernardo O’Higgins – Irish Oath of Allegiance at Today in Irish History

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1778: Bernardo O’Higgins

Birth of Bernardo O’Higgins, Chilean independence leader and founding father of Chile in Chillán about 250 miles south of the country’s capital, Santiago. . O’Higgins was the illegitimate son of Sligo born Ambrose Bernard O’Higgins, who became governor of Chile and later viceroy of Peru. O’Higgins senior had emigrated initially to Spain before settling in Chile.

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1919: Dail Eireann Oath of Allegiance

At a meeting of Dail Eireann (the Irish Parliament not recognized by Britain)  Secretary of Defence, Cathal Brugha called for all TDs (Members of Parliament) to swear allegiance to the new parliament.

Every person and every one of those bodies undermentioned must swear allegiance to the Irish Republic and to the Dáil:

1. The Deputies.

2. The Irish Volunteers.

3. The Officers and Clerks to the Dáil.

4. Any other body or individual who in the opinion of the Dáil should take the same Oath.”

The proposed oath read:

“I, A.B., do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I do not and shall not yield a voluntary support to any pretended Government, authority or power within Ireland hostile and inimical thereto, and I do further swear (or affirm) that to the best of my knowledge and ability I will support and defend the Irish Republic and the Government of the Irish Republic, which is Dáil Eireann, against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, so help me, God.”

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Cathal brugha who proposed oath of allegiance to Dail Eireann

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1949: Rock Star Phil Lynott

Irish rock star, bassist, singer and founder of Thin Lizzy, Phil Lynott is born in England to single mom Phyllis Lynott. At about age four, Lynott moved to Dublin to live with his maternal grandmother. At a time when Dublin was a very homogeneous white society, Lynott did suffer some racial prejudice. Still in his teens, he played with Skid Row, (the Irish band featuring Gary Moore, Brush Shiels, Noel Bridgeman).  He went on to have worldwide success with Thin Lizzy.

The band’s first major hit was a rock version of the traditional Irish song Whiskey in the Jar, later covered by Metallica who credit Lynott and Lizzy for much of their early motivation. Thin Lizzy is probably best known for The Boys are Back in Town. U2 frontman Bono says of Lynott “If lyrical and musical ability has to be matched with showmanship, attitude, style, if that’s your version of rock ’n’ roll, there’s no way past Phil Lynott. He’s at the top of the tree.” Lynott and Lizzy were also a major influence on Metallica who often play a version of Whiskey in the Jar at concerts.

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Life size statue of Phil Lynott, Dublin

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Lynott lived the archetypical rock star life style consumed with drugs and alcohol which eventually took his life at the young age of 36. Metallica’s James Hetfeld was also a fan of Lynott’s often autobiographical songwriting “The struggles that he wrote about, with drugs, drink, ethnicity, all of those things, they almost speak louder now.”

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Phil Lynott with fellow Legend Rory Gallagher

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1988: IRA Bus Bomb Kills 8 soldiers at Ballygawley, Co. Tyrone

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