April 16,

TITANIC Survivors – Playright John Millington Synge

April 16: TODAY in Irish History:

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Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks 

Conor is a Chicago based Motivational Humorous Business Speaker, Author and History buff.

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1871: Playwright John Millington Synge

Birth of Irish playwright, poet and author John Millington Synge. Synge was one of the leading lights of what was known as the Irish Literary Revival and along with Yeats and Lady Gregory was a founding member of the Abbey Theatre. His most famous work is The Playboy of the Western World, a satirical comedy which exposed some of the flaws in at the time not very accepting Irish society. On opening night, January 26 1907, an angry crowd rioted during the play at what the Freeman’s Journal referred to (quite hyperbolickly) as “an unmitigated, protracted libel upon Irish peasant men, and worse still upon Irish girlhood.”

When commenting on riots that occurred after the opening of Sean O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars, in 1926 Yeats referenced this event. “You have disgraced yourselves again. Is this to be an ever-recurring celebration of the arrival of Irish genius? Synge first and then O’Casey?

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1912: Titanic Aftermath

The World learns about the sinking of the Titanic. Survivors picked up by the California head for the United States.

Newsboy Ned Parfett outside offices of White Star Line

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Titanic orphans Louis and Lola. Four year old Michel Marcel Navratil and younger brother Edmond Roger Navratil, before they were formally identified. They had boarded the Titanic with their father who did not survive. Michael was one of the longest surviving Titanic passengers. He died 2001.

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E.J. Smith, Titanic Captain

E.J. Smith, Titanic Captain

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1941: Belfast Blitz 

Belfast suffers major damage on night of 15/16 April as Nazi bombers rain death on the city. An estimated 180 planes participated in a concerted assault for more than four hours. An estimated 900 died in an attack on a city whose anti-aircraft guns and civil defense infrastructure was woefully inadequate. Belfast would not suffer nightly attacks as London did, but there would be more nights of terror in coming months.

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1970: Ian Paisley Wins Election to House of Commons

Ian Paisley

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The militant unionist politician Rev. Ian Paisley wins election to the House of Commons representing North Antrim. Paisley was a trenchant critic of the Unionist party “led by Chichester-Clark has been deceiving and betraying us.”

Paisley would prove to be a thorn in the side of London and Dublin governments for over thirty years as he opposed the Sunningdale Agreement 1973, the 1985 Anglo-Irish Agreement and the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. He was a major player in the Ulster Workers’ Strike which brought down the power-sharing administration in 1974.

In what can only be called an astonishing conversion, Paisley would eventually enter Government in May 2007 with some of his long time Sinn Fein opponents.

READ Guardian Article on Ian Paisley

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Want to learn more about Ireland? See these images and more in the acclaimed For the Love of Being Irish

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This history is written by Irish author, business keynote speaker and award winning humorist IrishmanSpeaks – Conor Cunneen. If you spot any inaccuracies or wish to make a comment, please don’t hesitate to contact us via the comment button.

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April 15,

TITANIC Sinks in Less than Three hours

April 15: TODAY in Irish History:

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newsboy ned parfett Titanic sinking

Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks 

Conor is a Chicago based Motivational Humorous Business Speaker, Author and History buff.

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1912: Titanic Sinks

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Iconic pic of newsboy Ned Parfett

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After hitting an iceberg at twenty minutes to midnight on April 14th, the Titanic is fatally damaged. The demise of Titanic was partly due to hubris (an “unsinkable” ship), poor design, insufficient lifeboats, (carrying over 2,200 passengers and crew, Titanic had lifeboats for only 1,176 passengers) and fatigued or careless crew members who either ignored warnings or failed to pass them on.

Exact numbers on board Titanic are difficult to determine, but a U.S. Senate report states that there were 2,233 people on board, “1517 were lost and 706 were saved.”

Stories (myths) about heroism and cowardice dominated the newspapers and media. Not too surprisingly, some of the early reports were not completely accurate.

Titanic newspaper report Passengers saved

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Titanic newspaper report

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The White Star line (owner of Titanic) in a cable from New York dated April 21, commented on the ship’s designer Thomas Andrews:

“After accident Andrews ascertained damage, advised passengers to put on heavy clothing and prepare to leave vessel. Many were sceptical about the seriousness of the damage, but impressed by Andrews’ knowledge and personality, followed his advice, and so saved their lives. He assisted many women and children to lifeboats. When last seen, officers say, he was throwing overboard deck chairs and other objects to people in the water, his chief concern the safety of everyone but himself.”

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Titanic designer Thomas Andrews who went down with the ship.

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Within about twenty minutes of impact, Andrews was advising Captain Smith that the ship would sink in two hours.

At 12.25, orders are given to load the lifeboats. It appears only one lifeboat drill ever took place prior to the accident. This was at Southampton when two lifeboats were dropped and raised by Titanic crewmen.

At 2.20am, Titanic would slip under the water.

The Carpathia, the first ship to arrive on the scene picked up the first survivors at 4.10am.

The Guardian newspaper later quoted one of the Titanic stokers who survived the disaster:

“I was on the eight to twelve o’clock watch … there would be 83 men on that watch. Eight of us out of the 83 are here. The rest of the 83 were drowned. We were working away, and thinking our watch was nearly up, when all of a sudden the starboard side of the ship came in on us.

“It burst in like big guns going off, and the water came pouring in. It swilled [around] our legs, and we made a dash into the next section and slammed the watertight door to quick. There was no time to waste. Then all of a sudden the water came with a rush into where we were. How it came in I don’t know, and Harvey, the engineer, said to me ‘Get up on deck.’ I was nearly swilled off my feet, but I managed to get out. I knew then that ship must sink.”

See Irishman’s Message on Titanic

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See US Senate report on “Titanic Disaster”

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Want to learn more about Ireland? See these images and more in the acclaimed For the Love of Being Irish

Irish gift ideas. Best selling Irish booksRonnie Drew and Luke Kelly - Musical Irish Gifts to the worldJoyce Image in For the Love of Being IrishMichael Collins: Image from For the Love of Being Irish

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This history is written by Irish author, business keynote speaker and award winning humorist IrishmanSpeaks – Conor Cunneen. If you spot any inaccuracies or wish to make a comment, please don’t hesitate to contact us via the comment button.

Visit Conor’s YouTube channel IrishmanSpeaks to Laugh and Learn.

Tags: Best Irish Gift, Creative Irish Gift, Unique Irish Gifts, Irish Books, Irish Authors, Today in Irish History TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by IrishmanSpeaks)

   

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