November 17,

Monaghan’s Confederate General Joseph Finegan – Luke Kelly – Brian Lenihan

November 17: TODAY in Irish History:

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1814: Monaghan’s Confederate General Joseph Finegan

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Joseph Finegan 1814-1885

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Joseph Finegan who served as a General in the Confederate Army and was victorious at the Battle of Olustee  is born in Clones, County Monaghan. Finegan emigrated to the United States in the 1830s. He settled in Florida where he became a highly successful businessman.

During the civil war, Fineagan was commissioned a Brigadier General. Finegan’s campaign included  the battles of  Olustee  and Cold Harbor.

At Olustee, Finegan’s 5,000 troops defeated Union forces under Brigadier General Truman Seymour. Finegan has been criticized for failing to pursue Union troops in disarray.

Finegan is one of many forgotten Irish who fought for the Confederate cause. These include Confederate Chaplain John B. Bannon and one of the most impressive officers on either side of the conflict, Cork-born Patrick Cleburne.

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READ: Civil War biography of Joseph Finegan 

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READ: Finegan at Battle of Olustee

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1930: Fianna Fail Politician and Minister Brian Lenihan.

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Brian Lenihan embraced by Charlie Haughey

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Brian Lenihan Snr. is born in Dundalk. Lenihan was a hugely popular Fianna Fail politician who served as Tánaiste, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Justice. An extremely likeable character, Lenihan was famous for defending the indefensible whenever Fianna Fail was in trouble which some would suggest meant he was kept quite busy. Lenihan was once described by the acerbic John Kelly of Fine Gael as “like a lighthouse in the Bog of Allen: brilliant but useless”. He was defeated by Mary Robinson in the election for President of Ireland in 1990.

Lenihan’s son Brian followed in his father’s footsteps and served in government in a number of ministerial roles including Minister for Finance between 2008-2011.

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1940: Dubliner Luke Kelly is Born

Luke Kelly, beloved member of The Dubliners is born. Kelly left school when he was 13 to work as a messenger boy before going on to work as a docker, builder, drain digger and a furniture remover. Activities and experiences which which added passion and reality to many of the gritty, working class songs he was so good at. He was a founding member of The Dubliners in 1962 with whom he gained fame and fortune.

This image of Luke Kelly appears in For the Love of Being Irish.

Luke Kelly and Ronnie Drew

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Kelly left school when he was 13 to work as a messenger boy before going on to work as a docker, builder, drain digger and a furniture remover. Activities and experiences which which added passion and reality to many of the gritty, working class songs he was so good at. He was a founding member of The Dubliners in 1962 with whom he gained fame and fortune.
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1974: Erskine Childers, fourth President of Ireland, dies.

Erskine Childers 1905-1974

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In a lengthy and distinguished career as a TD, Childers role in cabinet included Minister for Posts and Telegraphs, Minister for Transport and Power and Minister for Health. His father Robert Erskine Childers was executed by Irish Government forces in the Civil War.

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November 16,

Kildare’s Union General Michael Kelly Lawler – Ireland’s Oldest Olympian – Actor Siobhán McKenna

November 16: TODAY in Irish History:

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1814: Union General Michael Kelly Lawler

Michael Kelly Lawler  who served as a Brigadier General in the Union army in the civil war is born in County Kildare. He  fought in the Mexican War of 1846-1848 when he quite possibly fought against some fellow Irishmen – the famous San Patricios, the Saint Patrick’s Battalion who fought as part of the Mexican Army against the United States in the Mexican-American War.

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Union General Michael Kelly Lawler 1814-1882

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In his memoirs, Ulysses S. Grants writes of Lawler’s bravery during the Vicksburg campaign and specifically at Big Black. “(A)n officer from Banks’ staff came up and presented me with a letter from General Halleck, dated the 11th of May. It had been sent by the way of New Orleans to Banks to be forwarded to me. It ordered me to return to Grand Gulf and to co-operate from there with Banks against Port Hudson, and then to return with our combined forces to besiege Vicksburg. I told the officer that the order came too late, and that Halleck would not give it now if he knew our position. The bearer of the dispatch insisted that I ought to obey the order, and was giving arguments to support his position when I heard great cheering to the right of our line and, looking in that direction, saw Lawler in his shirt sleeves leading a charge upon the enemy. I immediately mounted my horse and rode in the direction of the charge, and saw no more of the officer who delivered the dispatch; I think not even to this day.”

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1931: Ireland’s Oldest Olympian? Joshua (Jerry) Millner

Death of Olympic gold medalist Joshua (Jerry) Millner. Millner was born in Dublin in 1847 and represented Britain in 1908 in the free rifle event which he won at the age of 61!

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Joshua (Jerry) Millner 1847-1913

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1986: Death of Abbey actress Siobhán McKenna

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Siobhán McKenna 1923-1986

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Siobhán McKenna was twice nominated for Broadway’s Tony Award as Best Actress (Dramatic): in 1956, for “The Chalk Garden,” and in 1958, for “The Rope Dancers.” Her movie roles included Dr. Zhivago, King of Kings, Of Human Bondage. McKenna was married to actor Dennis O’Dea. Their son Donncha is a professional poker player who swam for Ireland in the 1968 Olympic games. Donncha is the first Irishman to swim the 100 metres in less than one minute. O’Dea’s son (McKenna’s grandson) is also a professional poker player who reached the final 9 in the World Series of Poker Championship in Las Vegas in 2011.

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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.

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