July 29,

JFK Comments on De Valera – Young Ireland Rebellion 1848 – Tom Dunphy

July 29: TODAY in Irish History:

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1752: Sir Peter Warren

Death of Co. Meath born, naval officer Sir Peter Warren (b. 10 March 1703). Warren signed on as an ordinary seaman in Dublin, in 1716 when he was 13 years old and  rapidly rose in the ranks. His ship patrolled American colonial waters to provide protection from French forces. He commanded the naval forces in the attack on the French fortress of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia in 1745. Warren later sat as MP for Westminster. He was an adept land speculator also and garnered thousands of acres in the New York area.

Admiral Si Peter Warren
Portrait of Sir Peter Warren at National Maritime Museum

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1848: Young Ireland Rebellion

Irish Nationalists led by William Smith O’Brien and Thomas Francis Meagher engage in a half-baked disastrous “rebellion” at Ballingarry . A small group of Young Irelanders engaged in a short sharp exchange of gunfire with members of the local constabulary.

When the police were reinforced the Young Ireland rebels retreated. Although not much more than a riot in one sense, the rebels became heroes particularly following their deportation to Van Diemen’s Land.

Although, they can fairly be described as clueless during this escapade, a number proved themselves to be extremely competent soldiers and statesmen including Meagher who fought as a Union General and was later appointed Acting Governor of Montana

READ: Short history of Young Ireland Rebellion

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1945JFK Speaks About De Valera

Fascinating article published by John F. Kennedy for Hearst Newspaper group about Ireland Seething Again Over Partition. Kennedy’s comments about “the brilliant, austere De Valera” are particularly astute who is still “fighting politically the same relentless battle, that was fought in the field during the uprising of 1916, in the war of independence and later in the civil war.”

Kennedy is not always given credit for his writing abilities, (with most of credit for speech writing given rightly to his Counselor Ted Sorenson), but some elements of this article are lyrical.

Commenting on De Valera’s debate elaboration, “he left the situation to many observers as misty as this island on an early winter’s morning. ” And on De Valera’s Fianna Fail colleagues: “All have been in both England and Ireland prisons, and many have wounds which still ache when the cold winds come in from the west.”

For original draft of article at JFK Library

When visiting Ireland in 1963, Kennedy made humorous reference to the respective birth places of the Kennedy and De Valera clan.

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1975: Tom Dunphy of The Royal Showband / Big 8

Death of Irish showband legend Tom Dunphy in a car crash while on the way to perform with Brendan Bowyer and the Big 8 at Mary from Dungloe Festival. Dunphy was one of the first superstars of the Irish music scene.

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July 28,

Archbishop John Charles McQuaid – Siege of Derry Ends – Kerry Football Legend Mikey Sheehy

July 28: TODAY in Irish History:

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Archbishop John Charles McQuaid at Today in Irish History

Archbishop John Charles McQuaid

 

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1689: The Siege of Derry Ends

The siege of Derry finally ends as naval boats in support of Williamite forces finally break the boom intended to prevent ships from resupplying the starving Protestant masses. The failure of the siege was a major strategic disaster for the Catholic forces of King James, providing William with a powerful, motivated base in Ulster. Protestant forces had suffered terribly during the siege with as many as three thousand dying of starvation and disease. The siege still has huge significance within the Ulster Protestant community. For many loyalists, it evokes as much emotion as the 1916 Rising does amongst militant Republicans. The historically anti-Catholic Apprentice Boys Association was founded after the siege and still marches every year to commemorate the victory.

The Orange Minstrel by Colonel William Blacker (1776-1850) conveys some of the emotionalism associated with an event that is commemorated every year on July 12th.

Behold the crimson banner float

O’er yonder turrets hoary

They tell of days of matchless note

And Derry’s deathless glory

When her brave sons undaunted stood

Embattled to defend her

Indignant stemmed oppression’s flood

And sang out ‘No Surrender’

Old Derry’s walls were firm and strong

Well fenced in every quarter

Each frowning bastion grim along

With culverin and mortar

But Derry had a surer guard

Than all that art could lend her

Her ‘prentice hearts the gates who barred

And sang out ‘No Surrender’

Long may the crimson barrier wave

A meteor streaming airy

Portentous of the free and brave

Who man the walls of Derry

And Derry’s sons alike defy

Pope,traitor or pretender

And peal to heaven their ‘prentice cry

Their patriot, ‘No Surrender’

BBC has an excellent, interactive site on the Siege of Derry.

SEE: Orange Order (Loyalist) view of Siege of Derry.

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1895: Archbishop John Charles McQuaid

Birth of John Charles McQuaid, Catholic Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland between December 1940 and February 1972. McQuaid exuded immense power in what might be termed the heyday of Catholic power in Ireland. His strongly conservative views aligned with those of Eamonn De Valera and he played a significant part in the development of the Irish Constitution (1937) which accepted the special position of the Catholic Church in Ireland.

McQuaid was old school Catholic who denounced Dr. Noel Browne’s efforts to introduce pre-natal care for mothers as socialism by another name.  At various times he protested mixed athletic  events, (‘in athletic sports and exercises, wherein the Christian modesty of girls must be, in a special way, safeguarded, for it is supremely unbecoming that they flaunt themselves and display themselves before the eyes of all’), criticized American movie-star Jayne Mansfield’s visit to Tralee (she was rather well-endowed) and discouraged the use of tampons “I explained very fully the evidence concerning the use of internal sanitary tampons, in particular, that called Tampax. On the medical evidence made available, the bishops very strongly disapproved of the use of these appliances.”

Archbishop John Charles McQuaid at Today in Irish History
Archbishop John Charles McQuaid

Photo courtesy of Lux Occulta (worth looking at.)

HistoryIreland.com provides excellent bio on Archbishop McQuaid.

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1954: Kerry Football Legend Mikey Sheehey

Birth of Kerry footballing legend Mikey Sheehy. Sheehy would win eight All-Ireland titles with the dominant Kerry team of the 70s/80s. He is best remembered for his sensationally executed goal against Dublin in the 1978 All Ireland described in masterful form here by another Irish sporting legend, commentator Jimmy Magee.

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