August 31,

Two Greats: The Belfast Cowboy Van Morrison and John Ford at Today in Irish History

August 31: TODAY in Irish History:

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Van Morrison – Illustration at For the Love of Being Irish

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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1945: Van Morrison – The Belfast Cowboy

“Van the Man,” Van Morrison is born in Belfast. The Belfast Cowboy first achieved fame with a tight R&B band Them with whom he recorded  Gloria, a song that still as fresh today as in 1964.

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Illustration by Mark Anderson in From the Love of Being Irish by Conor Cunneen

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A strong claim could be made that Van Morrison is the finest composer ever produced by the Emerald Isle. His body of work ranges from glorious pop like Brown Eyed Girl, through poignant poetry I’m Tired Joey Boy and Coney Island to some magical mystical work that can only be described as heavenly.

Brown Eyed Girl is in the Grammy Hall of Fame and appears on BMI’s list of most-played radio songs.

Morrison was inducted into the Rock and  Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003 and has won numerous Grammy Awards.

The man who creates often heavenly music  has devilish tendencies. He is a truculent, difficult character whose live performances tend to be a crap shoot where he often ignores his audience. Morrison eschews the trappings of a rock star and was the first living inductee not to attend his own induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

Trying to determine the best work from Van the Man is a bit like trying to determine the best goal from another Belfast genius George Best, but of Astral Weeks, Bono said “It’s legal drugs, isn’t it?” The album was voted #1 Irish album of all time at Cluas.com

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1973: John Ford heads for Boot Hill!

Death of legendary film Director John Ford. Ford was born in Maine in 1894 to Irish immigrant parents. His father was born in Spiddal, Co. Galway and his mother in the Aran Islands.

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John Ford 1894-1973

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Film site IMDb states “John Ford is, arguably, The Great American Director.” Although born John Martin Feeney, he never forgot his Irish roots.

In For the Love of Being Irish,  author Conor Cunneen writes of Ford and what he did for Irish tourism:

“In Ireland, everyone wishes you a “Top o’ the Morning,” you’ll find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and leprechauns dance on mushrooms while a roguish horse-trader will try and sell you the same horse twice before encouraging you to buy a pint of Guinness and “another one for the brother – he’ll be here soon” before telling you that he has got to go home to “the little woman.”

Or at least that is what John Ford’s homage The Quiet Man to his ancestral home would have you believe. Although, hardly an accurate depiction of Ireland, the 1952 movie is probably the best tourist commercial ever for Ireland. Filmed in County Mayo on the grounds of luxurious Ashford Castle, the magnificent scenery combined with cleverly written romantic comedy encouraged generations of Irish Americans to visit the land of their parents.”

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Ford also directed The Informer from a story by Liam O’Flaherty

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Trailer for John Ford’s THE INFORMER

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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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August 30,

Eurovision Song Contest Winner Dana – De Valera Rebukes Lloyd George

August 30: TODAY in Irish History:

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Dana - Eurovision Song Contest winner 1970

Dana – Eurovision Song Contest winner 1970

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1921: Sectarian Rioting in Belfast

Vicious sectarian rioting breaks out in Belfast resulting in the deaths of at least 9 people.  Throughout the year, Catholic and Protestant communities baited and attacked each other. July was a particularly violent month. Sectarian violence was an unfortunate part of working class Belfast culture as evidenced by the riots in 1886

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1921: De Valera Sends Stinging Rebuke to Lloyd George

De Valera sends another stinging rebuke to Lloyd George as the parties edge closer to negotiations. He was responding to a communication from Lloyd George where the wily old Welshman invoked Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural address:

“I cannot better express the British standpoint in this respect than in words used of the Northern and Southern States by Abraham Lincoln in the First Inaugural Address. They were spoken by him on the brink of the American Civil War, which he was striving to avert:—

Physically speaking he said we cannot separate. We cannot remove our respective sections from each other, nor build an impassible wall between them. . . . It is impossible, then, to make that intercourse more advantageous or more satisfactory after separation than before. . . . Suppose you go to war, you cannot fight always; and when, after much loss on both sides and no gain on either, you cease fighting, the identical old questions as to terms of intercourse are again upon you.

I do not think it can be reasonably contended that the relations of Great Britain and Ireland are in any different case.”

Eamonn De Valera 1921 today in Irish history
Eamonn De Valera 1921

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“Dev” saw things somewhat differently:

“The people of Ireland, acknowledging no voluntary union with Great Britain and claiming as a fundamental natural right to choose freely for themselves the path they shall take to realise their national destiny, have by an overwhelming majority declared for independence, set up a Republic, and more than once confirmed their choice.

Great Britain, on the other hand, acts as though Ireland were bound to her by a contract of union that forbade separation. The circumstances of the supposed contract are notorious, yet on the theory of its validity the British Government and Parliament claim to rule and legislate for Ireland, even to the point of partitioning Irish territory against the will of the Irish people, and killing or casting into prison every Irish citizen who refuses allegiance.

Force will not solve the problem. It will never secure the ultimate victory over reason and right. If you again resort to force, and if victory be not on the side of justice, the problem that confronts us will confront our successors. The fact that for 750 years this problem has resisted a solution by force is evidence and warning sufficient. It is true wisdom, therefore, and true statesmanship, not any false idealism, that prompts me and my colleagues. Threats of force must be set aside. They must be set aside from the beginning, as well as during the actual conduct of the negotiations. The respective plenipotentiaries must meet untrammelled by any conditions save the facts themselves, and must be prepared to reconcile their subsequent differences not by appeals to force, covert or open, but by reference to some guiding principle on which there is common agreement. We have proposed the principle of government by consent of the governed, and do not mean it as a mere phrase.”

SEE Official Correspondence relating to the Peace Negotiations.

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1951: Eurovision Song Contest Winner Dana

Singer Dana is born Rosemary Scallon is born in London. Her family returned to Derry when she was five. Dana became an overnight celebrity when she won the Eurovision song contest for Ireland singing All Kinds of Everything composed Derry Lindsay and Jackie Smith and the country went mad for a young lass who charmed every mother in Ireland and many a young lad with her gentle manner. Dana went on to have a relatively successful musical career.

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In 1997, Dana ran unsuccessfully in the Irish presidential election and also 2011. She was MEP for Connacht–Ulster 1999-2004.

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Presidential candidate Dana 2011

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WATCH: A Short History of Ireland

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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