January 13: TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by IrishmanSpeaks)
1860: Robert William Spence who went on to become third Archbishop of Adelaide, Australia succeeding two previous Irish born bishops, is born in Cork.
Spence’s predecessors were Archbishop John O’Reilly from Kilkenny who succeeded the first Bishop of Adelaide, Dublin born Christopher Augustine Reynolds.
1921: Special Constable Robert Compston is the first member of the Ulster Special Constabulary (founded November 1920 to support RIC against IRA attacks) to be killed in the line of duty near Crosmaglen. Although the RIC (Royal Irish Constabulary) did not morph into the Royal Ulster Constabulary until June 1922, Compston is recognized by RUC as the first fatality.
1941: Death of Dublin’s James Joyce in Zurich, Switzerland. Joyce is recognized by many English literati as the finest novelist the English language has produced.
Above illustration of Joyce (by Mark Anderson) appears in For the Love of Being Irish where author (and editor of Today in Irish History) Conor Cunneen provides a limerick and some perspective on on Joyce:
“He’s Ireland’s finest voice
Is Dublin’s most famous James Joyce
Humor, Pain and Profanity
In his work, you can guarantee
James Joyce, the critics’ Rolls Royce
Two of Joyce’s books regularly feature in Best Novels of the 20th century. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and ‘everyone’s ’favorite – Ulysses. Here’s the truth. If you have read Ulysses you are either studying or teaching English literature or you are extraordinary patient as you grapple with his stream of consciousness form of writing. The trick is to listen to a reading of the book by professional actors – preferably Irish. Then, you can appreciate the pacing, fun, warmth, the wonderful witty dialogue and (ahem) pretty filthy mind of the Jesuit educated writer.
One of the joys of visiting Dublin is to take a guided tour through many of the locations cited by Joyce who was born in Ireland’s capital in 1882, lived much of his life in Italy and died in Zurich, where he is buried, in 1941. “
Want to learn more about Ireland? See these images and more in the acclaimed For the Love of Being Irish
Editor of Today in Irish History, Conor Cunneen is just the 63rd person in the history of Toastmasters International to be awarded Accredited Speaker designation. 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. Here is a clip of Conor speaking about the importance of vision that might just get you thinking (and laughing) as we move into the New Year.
For the Love of Being Irish written by Chicago based Corkman Conor Cunneen and illustrated by Mark Anderson which is an A-Z of all things Irish. This is a book that contains History, Horror, Humor, Passion, Pathos and Lyrical Limericks that will have you giving thanks (or wishing you were) For the Love of Being Irish
This history is written by Irish author, business keynote speaker and award winning humoristIrishmanSpeaks – 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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