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October 31,

IRA Helicopter Escape from Mountjoy – Larry Mullen – Two Irish Medal of Honor Recipients

October 31: TODAY in Irish History:

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The helicopter used in the spectacular escape

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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1864: Irish Medal of Honor winner Patrick Colbert

Patrick Colbert is awarded Medal of Honor. His citation reads:

Coxswain, U.S. Navy. Born: 1840, Ireland. For his actions on this day in 1864, Patrick Colbert was awarded the Medal of honor, 31 December 1864.

Citation: The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Coxswain Patrick Colbert, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving on board the U.S.S. Commodore Hull at the capture of Plymouth, North Carolina, 31 October 1864. Painfully wounded by a shell which killed the man at his side, Coxswain Colbert, as Captain of the forward pivot gun, remained at his post until the end of the action, braving the heavy enemy fire and appearing as cool as if at mere target practice.

Colbert died in 1877 and is buried in Detroit.

For Detailed List of Irish Medal of Honor Winners:

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1890: Irish Medal of Honor winner Patrick Ginley

Irish born (1822) Patrick Ginley is awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor twenty-six years after the incident where he showed his courage. Ginley won the award while serving as a Private in Company G, 1st New York Light Artillery.

Citation: The command having been driven from the works, he, having been left alone between the opposing lines, crept back into the works, put 3 charges of canister in one of the guns, and fired the piece directly into a body of the enemy about to seize the works; he then rejoined his command, took the colors, and ran toward the enemy, followed by the command, which recaptured the works and guns.

Patrick Ginley and his gun

 

READ: Ginley and the Gun

Several days after the battle, Ginley received the following accolade from Ulysses S. Grant.

“Private Ginley, it is not to-day nor to-morrow that you and every man undergoing the hardships of this war will be remembered by the country for his services.  But every hero sooner or later receives his just reward.  In this day of history making, when the deeds of individual valor are taking their places in the record of the War of the Rebellion, when the records are in the hands of those at Washington who helped to make them, each individual act of heroism of which there is a record will be recognized.” Source: The Story of American Heroism by Lew Wallace (The Ben Hur author).

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1961: U2 Drummer Larry Mullen 

U2 drummer Larry Mullen born. Here you can see interview with U2 founder(!) Mullen being interviewed and telling  how he gave Bono his first job!

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1973: IRA Helicopter Escape

The helicopter used in the spectacular escape

Three Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) volunteers escaped from Mountjoy Prison in Dublin, aboard a hijacked Alouette II helicopter. Irish prison guards are not armed. It was a brilliantly audacious escapade by the IRA and generated intense embarrassment for the government but wonderful PR for the IRA.

READ: Republican Editorial on Helicopter Escape (actually quite funny)

The ever opportunistic Wolfe Tones who had a unique ability to capture republican emotions in catchy songs wrote a very humorous song about the escape.

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2009: U2 play Madison Square Garden for 25th anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert.

The two night event featured other rock giants like Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Jeff Beck and THE Boss, Bruce Springsteen who is of course of Irish extraction. Bono referred to the Garden as “rock ’n’ roll’s great cathedral” for “the saints and the heretics, the poets and the punks, that now make up the Hall of Fame.”

The Black Eyed Peas joined U2 for Mysterious Ways and were then joined by Mick Jagger for Gimme Shelter and Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of.

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October 28,

Tipperary Gettysburg Medal of Honor Winner – Maire Drumm Assassination – Cuba Blockade

October 28: TODAY in Irish History:

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Tipperary’s John Lonergan. Medal of Honor winner

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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1893: Tipperary’s Captain John Lonergan – Medal of Honor

Thirty years after the action, Tipperary born Captain John Lonergan, Company A, 13th Vermont Infantry is awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery during the second day of Gettysburg.

Citation:  Place and date: At Gettysburg, Pa., 2 July 1863. Entered service at: Burlington, Vt. Birth: Ireland. Date of issue: 28 October 1893. Citation: Gallantry in the recapture of 4 guns and the capture of 2 additional guns from the enemy; also the capture of a number of prisoners.

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Tipperary’s John Lonergan. Medal of Honor winner

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Lonergan said of the event:

“My company reached the guns first, and placing my hand upon the nearest gun, I ordered the enemy to surrender. All this time the whole regiment was under severe fire, with men falling all along the entire charge; but we reached the guns comparatively together and in good form. The Confederates obeyed my summons to surrender, after which my men lay down their guns and taking hold of the wheels of the gun carriages, began moving them to a new position where they could be utilised.

“Meanwhile I noticed that we were sustaining much damage from firing that came from the Codories House in our front. And so ordering my command to pick up their guns, we made a charge of the house. We quickly surrounded the building, the men at once covering the windows and doors with their guns, so that no man should escape. Then I stepped to the front door, and knocking it in, I ordered: ‘Surrender! Fall our here, every damned one of you!’

“My order was obeyed almost instantly, for the Confederates came tumbling out, led by their commanding officer, until we had eighty-three men as prisoners. The officer in command handed me his sword and each man laid down his gun until I had a considerably larger number of men as prisoners, than I had in my entire command. When all was over for the day General Stannard sent for me, and upon my arrival, he said: ‘Captain, you did well to-day, but do you know you violated all military laws in capturing those prisoners in the Codories House?’

“‘How is that, General?’ I asked.

“‘Why,’ replied the general with a smile, ‘you know that in forming a company line, the command is, ‘fall in!’ and at the Codories House you said” fall out.’

“I saw the joke and answered: ‘Yes, General, but they were already in, and so had to ‘fall out.'”

Lonergan was born on 7th April 1839 in Carrick on Suir, Co Tipperary, the eldest son of Thomas and Mary (Moran). The family emigrated to the United States in 1848.

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READ: Vermont’s Irish Rebel

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1905: Mrs. Warren’s Profession 

George Bernard Shaw’s play Mrs. Warren’s Profession, opens at the Garrick Theater in New York. Shaw’s play featuring a brothel owner had been banned in Britain and was closed by New York authorities after one performance.

Seen as one of Shaw’s finest works by many, the play has been revived in 1907, 1918, 1922, 1976 and 2010

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1922: The Madness of the Irish Civil War

The Irish Civil War claimed the first life of a Garda when Garda Henry Phelan is shot dead in Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary when he was mistaken for his brother, a former member of the RIC.

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1962: JFK announces end of Cuba blockade allowing the world to breathe just a little bit easier. On October 22nd, Kennedy had stunned the world by announcing the Cuban blockade.

Kennedy Cuban Blockade announcement

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1976:  Assassination of Sinn Féin Vice President Máire Drumm

Sinn Féin Vice President Máire Drumm is assassinated while lying in a hospital bed in the Mater Hospital Belfast by loyalists paramilitaries. Commemorating her life and death, thirty years later, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said “

On October 28th 1976 Máire Drumm was shot dead by unionist paramilitaries while in the Mater Hospital. She was a life long republican activist originally from the townland of Killeen in South Armagh. Along with her husband Jimmy she worked tirelessly on behalf of the republican struggle.

“Following the pogroms against nationalist areas in 1969, Máire Drumm emerged as a gifted leader and organiser, and an inspirational public speaker. Her home became an open house for refugees from beleaguered areas of the city. She was actively involved in re-housing families forced to leave their homes as a result of loyalist intimidation.”

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Maura Drumm mural Northern Ireland

Thanks to Extra Mural Activity for Maura Drumm mural. The site provides murals, billboards and graffiti from Belfast related to The Troubles.

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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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