Civil War General. Muiris Ó Súilleabháin. Phil Coulter.

February 19: TODAY in Irish History (by IrishmanSpeaks) Twitter Icon

1883: County Galway born Confederate General Patrick Theodore Moore dies in Richmond aged 61.

Patrick Moore

1887: Ireland wins its first ever game in international soccer beating Wales 4-1 in Belfast. Prior to 1921 and the partition of the country, Ireland was represented by one national team.

1904: Birth of Irish author Muiris Ó Súilleabháin whose memoir  Fiche Bliain ag Fás (Twenty Years a ‘Growing) tells of his youth while growing up on the  Great Blasket Island ( a tiny windswept isle of the coast of Kerry)

1942: Phil Coulter is born in Derry. Coulter is one of Ireland’s most successful composers and arrangers.

Composer Phil Coulter

He has written hit songs for Sandy Shaw – Puppet on a String, Cliff Richard – Congratulations and for the Bay City Rollers. His most evocative and personal song may be a song written about his first son who has Downs Syndrome – Scorn Not His Simplicity. Luke Kelly of the Dubliners made this song his own.


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

Irish gift ideas. Best selling Irish books Joyce Image in For the Love of Being Irish

Today in Irish History is edited by Chicago based business keynote speaker, author, award winning humorist and history buff Conor Cunneen – IrishmanSpeaks. As a Chicago based professional speaker, this Irishman’s client base ranges from Harley-Davidson to Helsinki, from Memphis to Madrid as he Energizes, Educates and Entertains his audience to grow their business, people, teamwork and productivity.

Conor Cunneen is just the 63rd person in the history of Toastmasters to be awarded Accredited Speaker designation. If you spot any inaccuracies or wish to make a comment, please don’t hesitate to contact us. – Cheers!

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