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August 27,

Mountbatten Killed by IRA Bomb – IRA Kill 18 at Warrenpoint at Today in Irish History

August 27: TODAY in Irish History:

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Mountbatten at Today in Irish History

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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1874: Irish Sculptor John Henry Foley

: Death of celebrated Irish sculptor John Henry (JH) Foley. Foley’s work features in Dublin and London. His sculpture of Daniel O’Connell dominates Dublin’s main thoroughfare O’Connell Street. His most prominent work in London is the statute of Prince Albert at the Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens. Foley died before the Albert statue was finished, but the design and concept is his..

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1979: IRA Bomb Kills Lord Mountbatten

An IRA bomb kills the Queen’s cousin Lord Louis Mountbatten in County Sligo.

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Mountbatten at Today in Irish History
Lord Mountbatten 1900-1979

Mountbatten regularly holidayed in the West of Ireland. The bomb exploded on his boat some minutes after he and family friends had departed the little port of Mullaghmore.  Mountbatten’s grandson Nicholas, 14, and fifteen year old local, Paul Maxwell, 15, employed as a boat boy were also killed. Another passenger, the Dowager Lady Brabourne, 82, dies the day after the attack. Thomas McMahon was convicted of the killings. He was released in 1998 under the Good Friday Agreement.

Although hard for many people to swallow, participants on both sides of the Troubles were released under the Good Friday Agreement and proved a watershed in rapprochement between Republican and Loyalist elements.

The Assassination of Lord Mountbatten

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1979: Warrenpoint Massacre. 18 British Soldiers Killed

The IRA inflicts the single-day largest loss of life on British military personnel in Northern Ireland killing eighteen troops in a two-explosion operation. Six members of the 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment were killed when a flat bed trailer containing at least 500lbs of explosives was detonated. A rapid response unit from the Queen’s Own Highlanders set up an incident center close the carnage, just as the IRA had anticipated. Thirty two minutes after the first explosion, another huge bomb hidden in milk churns killed twelve more troops. Not since Arnhem 1944 had the paras suffered so many casualties in a single contact with enemy forces. The IRA’s previous most successful attach on British forces had occurred in 1920 at Kilmichael, Co. Cork during the Irish War of Independence.

The bombs were detonated by IRA members who were literally yards away – across a narrow stretch of water in the Irish Republic where British troops could not pursue them. Gardai arrested two men close the scene who were later released later due to lack of evidence. One of the released men Brendan Burns, was killed in a premature explosion while loading an IRA bomb into a van near Crossmaglen, County Armagh in 1988.

Press photographer Peter Boyle who was in the area by chance heard the explosion and took photos that were seen around the world. In These are the Last Photos I ever took, he provides a harrowing account of what he saw. (Warning: This article is extremely graphic)

Remains of Army vehicle

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READ: Para Officers recollection of the day (Warning: Again extremely graphic)

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READ: Website dedicated to IRA volunteer Brendan Burns  

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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 16,

Terence McSwiney Court-Martial – Chaplain Willie Doyle – Attorney General Resignation

August 16: TODAY in Irish History:

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Terence McSwiney on this day in Irish history

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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1917: Army Chaplain Father Willie Doyle

Death of Jesuit Chaplin Father Willie Doyle (b. Dalkey Co. Dublin 1873) at the Battle of Passchendaele. Doyle appears to have been a remarkable man respected by not just the Catholic troops he served with but also the Protestant Northern Irish soldiers many of whom despised anything to do with the Catholic faith.

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Father William "Willie" Doyle
Father William “Willie” Doyle    1873-1917

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Doyle served with Irish regiments in WWI including 8th Royal Irish Fusiliers, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, participating in the Battles of the Somme, Messines and Passchendaele.

Writing of the man who was awarded the Military Cross for bravery during the assault on the village of Ginchy , General Hickie, the commander-in-chief of the 16th (Irish) Division said “Fr. Doyle was one of the best priests I have ever met, and one of the bravest men who have fought or worked out here. He did his duty, and more than his duty, most nobly, and has left a memory and a name behind him that will never be forgotten. On the day of his death, i6th August, he had worked in the front line, and even in front of that line, and appeared to know no fatigue — he never knew fear. He was killed by a shell towards the close of the day, and was buried on the Frezenberg Ridge. . . . He was recommended for the Victoria Cross by his Commanding Officer, by his Brigadier, and by myself. Superior Authority, however, has not granted it, and as no other posthumous reward is given, his name will, I believe, be mentioned in the Commander-in- Chief ‘s Despatch. . . . I can say without boasting that this is a Division of brave men ; and even among these, Fr. Doyle stood out.”

Free DOWNLOAD: Alfred O’Rahilly’s memoir of Father William Doyle SJ

Doyle’s writings on faith and spirituality provide interesting perspective on his life and times.

Free DOWNLOAD:  A Year’s Thoughts – The Writings of William Doyle

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1920: Terence McSwiney Courtmartial

Court-martial of Terence McSwiney, Lord Mayor of Cork for possession of seditious articles and documents. Sentenced to two years imprisonment in Brixton Prison, England, he started a hunger strike. He would die on October 25th after efforts to forcibly feed him went wrong.

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Terence McSwiney on this day in Irish history

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The above image is from PRINCIPLES of FREEDOM, by Terence McSwiney, published after his death.

FREE DOWNLOAD of Principles of Freedom at Project Gutenberg.

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1982: Attorney General Patrick Connolly Resigns

Irish Attorney General Patrick Connolly resigns after Malcolm McArthur, wanted for (and later convicted of) murder is found to be his house guest. Connolly was completely unaware of McArthur’s activities.

The fallout from the incident led to one of the most famous acronyms in Irish politics. The much reviled (and correspondingly much loved) Taoiseach Charles Haughey described the incident as “a bizarre happening, an unprecedented situation, a grotesque situation, an almost unbelievable mischance.” Conor Cruise O’Brien, one of Haughey’s political opponents who despised the most corrupt Taoiseach in Irish history (this is not to suggest any others who held the office were corrupt) coined the phrase GUBU - Grotesque, Unprecedented, Bizarre, Unbelievable to describe not just what happened but Haughey’s overall carry on.

SEE:  What Does 30 Years in Prison Look Like?

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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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