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This is a website that provides you with interesting insight and information on what happened on this day in Irish history and people of Irish heritage. To be completely honest, I started this site to sell my book For the Love of Being Irish 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
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Today in Irish History
1798: United Irishman Bartholomew Teeling is executed in Dublin following capture at the Battle of Ballinamuck where an Irish-French army was defeated by the British
1857: Death of Westmeath born Victoria Cross winner John Alexander during the Battle of Lucknow in India. Alexander had been awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery during the Crimean War. “On 18 June 1855 after the attack on the Redan at Sebastopol, Crimea, Alexander went out from the trenches under very heavy fire and brought in several wounded men. On 6 September, when he was with a working party in the most advanced trench, he went out under heavy fire and helped to bring in a captain who was severely wounded.”
1896: F Scott Fitzgerald was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota to an Irish Catholic family. His most famous work is The Great Gatsby.
1939: Death of another Irish born Victoria Cross recipient, Bangor, Co. Down born Edward Bingham. His VC citation reads:
“On the 31st May 1916 – At the Battle of Jutland, while in command of HMS Nestor, he led his division of destroyers towards the enemy battlecruisers. On his way he engaged a flotilla of enemy destroyers, sinking two of them. He then sighted the enemy fleet and closed to within 3,000 yards to obtain a good position to fire his torpedoes. His division was under concentrated attack throughout this attack and his ship Nestor was subsequently sunk. He was picked up by a German destroyer and taken prisoner.”
On 18 June 1855 after the attack on the Redan at Sebastopol, Crimea, Alexander went out from the trenches under very heavy fire and brought in several wounded men. On 6 September, when he was with a working party in the most advanced trench, he went out under heavy fire and helped to bring in a captain who was severely wounded.
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