Archive for October 23rd, 2011

October 23,

Today in Irish History: Beckett wins Nobel Prize, Haughey Acquited, IRA Arms Decommissioning

Today in Irish History.

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1969: Samuel Beckett awarded Nobel Prize for Literature. At the presentation speech, some weeks later, Karl Ragnar Gierow, of the Nober Prize Academy said “Mix a powerful imagination with a logic in absurdum, and the result will be either a paradox or an Irishman. If it is an Irishman, you will get the paradox into the bargain.”

1970: Government Minister Charles Haughey, Captain James Kelly, Belfast republican John Kelly and Belgian Albert Luykx are  acquited of attempting to import arms illegally into Ireland on behalf of the IRA. Allegations that Haughey perjured himself during the trial may not be inaccurate, but his (alleged) efforts to support the militant Republican movement in Northern Ireland made him a hero to many. Following the trial, Haughey spent a number of years in the political wilderness before becoming Taoiseach in December 1979. Unfortunately, he was probably the most divisive and most corrupt politician in post-civil war Ireland.

Columnist Bruce Arnold summed up the charismatic Haughey “Skilful, adroit, ambitious, but also fearful and feared, devious and dishonest, by the time his end came his reputation, once very high indeed, was in tatters.”


2001: The Northern Ireland peace process reached an historic breakthrough as the IRA announced they had begun decommissioning their weapons. The IRA statement read in part: “In order to save the peace process we have implemented the scheme agreed with the IICD [Independent International Commission on Decommissioning] in August 2001.”


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