October 20,

W.B. Yeats gets Hitched – Death of Jack Lynch – General Eoin O’Duffy at Today in Irish History

October 20: TODAY in Irish History:

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W. B. Yeats

W. B. Yeats illustration in “For the Love of Being Irish”

Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks 

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1892: General Eoin O’Duffy

Birth of Eoin O’Duffy, IRA man, Michael Collins protégé, Commissioner of the Garda Síochána and General Franco supporter, near Lough Egish, Co Monaghan.  O’Duffy first came to fame when he led an IRA group which captured the first R.I.C. barracks during the War of Independence.

Following the signing of the Treaty, he was active with pro-government forces during the Civil War. He was appointed Commissioner of the newly formed Garda Siochana in September 1922. He is credited with building a professional, impartial police force before being fired by de Valera in 1933.

Garda Commissioner Eoin O'Duffy
Eoin O’Duffy – Garda Commissioner 1922-1933

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As he grew older, O’Duffy became more obviously authoritarian and fascist in outlook. He joined the Army Comrades Association which exhibited mannerisms reminiscent of Hitler’s SA. He was often greeted with “Hail O’Duffy” and Nazi like salutes by blue shirt clad supporters. The term “Blue shirt” is often used by anti-Fine Gael critics as a less than complimentary term.

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Garda Commissioner Eoin O'Duffy, blueshirt
“Hail O’Duffy”

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O’Duffy was  a founding member of Fine Gael, but that party soon got tired of his politics and forced him to resign the presidency of the party.

O’Duffy (with encouragement from the Catholic Church) recruited Irish volunteers to fight for Franco’s troops in Spain. O’Duffy returned to Ireland in 1937, where he lived in relative anonymity until his death in 1944.

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1917: William Butler Yeats

Fifty-two year old William Butler Yeats finally gets married, but not to Maud Gonne, the love of his life. Instead he  marries 25-year-old Georgie Hyde-Lees (1892–1968). Although only weeks previously, Yeats had proposed to Maud Gonne’s daughter Iseult MacBride from her marriage to John MacBride, the marriage of Yeats and Hyde-Lees was a happy one producing two children.

In For the Love of Being Irish, author Conor Cunneen writes:

WB Yeats in For the Love of Being Irish

Illustration of W.B. Yeats in        For the Love of Being Irish

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1979: Rugby Player Paul O’Connell

Irish and Munster rugby captain and talismanic leader Paul O’Connell is born in rugby mad Limerick

READ: Paul O’Connell biography at Irish Rugby Football Union

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1999: Death of Jack Lynch

Death of former Taoiseach and Charlie Haughey nemesis (and vice-versa) Jack Lynch.

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Lynch was Taoiseach during a particularly difficult time in 20th Century Irish history 1966-1973 when the Troubles in Northern Ireland erupted and a Southern government was riven by actions that should be taken. He sacked two ministers Charles Haughey and Neil Blaney for their alleged involvement in diverting government funds to support IRA gun-running. In criminal proceedings, both were found not guilty of gun running although Haughey – probably the most corrupt politician in  Republic of Ireland history –  probably perjured himself during the trial.

Despite some mis-steps, Lynch’s even hand maintained relationships with  Britain during an explosive period including the Bloody Sunday shootings and the burning of the British Embassy in Dublin .

Lynch’s second tenure in power between 1977-1979 was riven by internal Fianna Fail disquiet as Charles Haughey engineered his successful efforts to gain leadership of the party and thus Taoiseach. Although a likeable man, Lynch was not above blatant manoevering for political benefit. Fianna Fail’s return to power in 1977 was on the back of a promise to abolish rates on private houses – an action that was totally unjustified and one that the Irish economy still suffers from today, supported as it is by a very narrow tax base.

In his younger days, Jack Lynch was a superb hurler and footballer winning one All Ireland football medal and five All Ireland hurling medals for the rebel county.
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Funeral of Jack Lynch (1917-1999)

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October 19,

John DeLorean Arrest – Guildford Four Freed – Death of Jonathan Swift

October 19: TODAY in Irish History:

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John DeLorean arrest photo

John DeLorean mugshot.

 

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1745: Death of Jonathan Swift.

Dublin born (1667) Jonathan Swift was probably the first great satirist in the English language. Dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin. his works include  Gulliver’s TravelsA Modest Proposal, and A Tale of a Tub.

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Jonathan Swift Irish writer satirist
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1864: Irish Medal of Honor Winner John Walsh

At Battle of Cedar Creek, VA, Irish born, Corporal John Walsh engaged in an action which won him the Medal of Honor.

The battle was the decisive engagement of Major General Philip Sheridan’s Valley Campaigns of 1864 and was the largest battle fought in the Shenandoah Valley.

Citation: “The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Corporal John Walsh, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 19 October 1864, while serving with Company D, 5th New York Cavalry, in action at Cedar Creek, Virginia. Corporal Walsh recaptured the flag of the 15th New Jersey Infantry.”

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1982: Car mogul John DeLorean arrested and charged with cocaine distribution.

John DeLorean is a peripheral but very interesting character in the history of Ireland.

John DeLorean arrest photo
DeLorean mugshot

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Four years previously, he started the DeLorean Motor Company in Northern Ireland with the financial support of the Northern Ireland Development Authority to the tune of £80m in the hope it would bring 2,000 jobs to sectarian troubled Belfast. At the time, the Dublin government was disappointed it could not match the incentives provided by London. It dodged a bullet!

The first DeLorean DMC-12 car rolled off production lines at the Dunmurry plant in 1981. Unfortunately, the venture proved to be a with elephant, although the car achieved everlasting fame when featured in Back to the Future. Less than 9.000 cars were produced before the venture was forced into bankruptcy. DeLorean was hounded by creditors for the rest of his life including the British government who had fraud charges outstanding against him.

On the Cocaine charge, DeLorean claimed entrapment by federal authorities in relation to the cocaine charge and to the surprise of many was acquited.

The Detroit Free Press which would have been a keen follower of the former GM executives career reported

“John Z . DeLorean , the flamboyant former vice-president of General Motors Corp., was arrested in Los Angeles Tuesday afternoon and charged with conspiring to distribute 220.5 pounds of cocaine worth about $24 million, the FBI said.
The FBI said DeLorean hoped that the drug deal would provide the money he needed to help save his struggling auto company. Ironically, DeLorean ‘s arrest came hours after the British government announced that it is closing his auto assembly plant outside Belfast, Northern Ireland, because of long-term financial problems . This, in effect, killed DeLorean ‘s gull-winged, stainless-steel sports car.
FBI OFFICIALS in Los Angeles said the arrest of DeLorean and two others followed a fivemonth investigation. They said DeLorean , 57, was arrested about 3 p.m. (6 p.m. Detroit time) at a hotel at Los Angeles International Airport after he arrived on a flight from New York. He and two other men were charged with conspiring to distribute cocaine and possessing cocaine with intent to distribute.”

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John DeLorean GM executive
DeLorean and his masterpiece – Coke-free!

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1989: The Guildford Four freed

Gerard Conlon, Patrick Armstrong, Paul Hill and Carole Richardson had spent fifteen years in jail for the Guildford pub bombings.  Emerging from the court, one of the four, Gerard Conlon, shouted: “I have been in prison for something I did not do. I am totally innocent.”

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Paddy Hill, Gerry Conlon, Carole Richardson, Patrick Armstrong

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The four people were just a number of innocent parties who suffered miscarriages of justice during the troubles. Poor policing, forced confessions anti-Irish sentiment and a public demand “to catch the perpetrators” saw innocents such as the Birmingham Six jailed for sixteen years and the Maguire Seven who spent up to fourteen years in prison.

READ:  Guardian article for good overview of case and aftermath

READ: Gerry Conlon Still Seeking Justice

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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.

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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