July 23,

Raymond Chandler – Ulysses S. Grant – Arbishop James Gibbons at Today in Irish History

July 23: TODAY in Irish History:

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Raymond Chandler

Raymond Chandler

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1834: Bishop James Gibbons

James Gibbons, American Cardinal, Bishop of Richmond from and Archbishop of Baltimore is born in Baltimore MD to parents Thomas and Bridget (née Walsh) Gibbons who had emigrated from Tourmakeady, County Mayo. Not long after his birth, the family returned to Ireland. After his father’s death in 1847 at the height of the Famine, Gibbons’ mother moved the family back to the United States.

He was elevated to Cardinal in 1886, only the second American to gain the honor.

James Gibbons Cardinal
Cardinal James Gibbons

Gibbons was an active supporter of the working class and unions at a time when labor was exploited by numerous employers, stating “”It is the right of laboring classes to protect themselves, and the duty of the whole people to find a remedy against avarice, oppression, and corruption.”

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1883: Ulysses S. Grant

Ulysses S. Grant dies after a long painful battle with throat cancer. Grant’s great grandfather John Simpson was born in Northern Ireland around 1738.

Grant visited Ireland 1879, after he left the White House. His reception ranged from heroic in Northern Ireland to a rebuff from Cork Corporation who declined to invite a man they deemed to be anti-Catholic. This does not seem to be particularly accurate and something which the Catholic Generals William T. Sherman and “Little Phil” Sheridan,  and others totally disagreed with.

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Ulysses S. Grant

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READ: Full text of General U. S. Grant’s tour around the world

1888: Novelist Raymond Chandler

Crime novelist Raymond Chandler (Farewell my Lovely, The Big Sleep) is born in Chicago to Waterford born Florence Thornton. After her marriage dissolved Thornton returned to Waterford with a young Raymond.

Raymond Chandler
Raymond Chandler

 Raymond Chandler’s Waterford Connection

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July 22,

Harrington Wins First Major – Archbishop Thomas Croke – Ernest Ball

July 22: TODAY in Irish History:

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1878: Ernest Ball: When Irish Eyes are Smiling Composer

Composer Ernest Ball is born in Cleveland, Ohio. Ball composed numerous “Irish” songs in a career that saw him inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. His compositions include: Mother Machree, When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, A Little Bit of Heaven, Ireland is Ireland to Me and She’s the Daughter of Mother Machree.

In the clip below, actor Dennis Morgan plays Chauncey Olcott who wrote the lyrics for When Irish Eyes are Smiling and a number of other “Irish” songs

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 1902: Bishop Thomas William Croke

Death of Bishop Thomas William Croke.  Croke became the second Catholic Bishop of Auckland New Zealand before returning to Ireland as Archbishop of Cashel and Emly.

He was a strong and public supporter of Irish nationalism aligning himself with the Irish National Land League during the Land War, and wit the chairman of the Irish Parliamentary Party, Charles Stewart Parnell, although he distanced himself from disgraced Parnell after the politician’s liaison with Kitty O’Shea became public.

The New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia states that on his return to Ireland from New Zealand “He at once resumed his former active interest in political affairs and became a strong supporter of the Home Rule movement under the leadership of Isaac Butt. In the more advanced agrarian projects of the Land League days he was side by side with Charles Stewart Parnell in popular leadership, and was the main restraining influence when the ultra-radical element, infuriated by the new coercion laws of British officialism, broke out with the “No Rent” and other revolutionary manifestos. He made several visits to Rome in defence of the popular cause and to oppose the attempts of British diplomacy to enlist the direct intervention of the influence of the Vatican against the Irish Nationalists, the justice of whose efforts he vigorously championed. After the fall of Parnell and the confusion and factional strife that followed he withdrew in a measure from active participation in politics, but never lost his enthusiasm for the cause of Irish national regeneration.

The main GAA stadium in Dublin – Croke Park – is named in his honor.

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2007: Harrington Wins British Open

Pádraig Harrington defeats Sergio García of Spain in a playoff to win the British Open.  It is his first major title. Harrington would repeat the following year.

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