Archive for October 31st, 2011

October 31,

Today in Irish History: Irish Medal of Honor Winners. U2 at Rock n Roll Hall of Fame

Today in Irish History.

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1864: Irish medal of honor winner Patrick Colbert

Coxswain, U.S. Navy. Born: 1840, Ireland. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864. Citation: Served on board the U.S.S. Commodore Hull at the capture of Plymouth, 31 October 1864. Painfully wounded by a shell which killed the man at his side, 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.


1890: Irish Medal of Honor winner Patrick Ginley

Private, Company G, 1st New York Light Artillery. Place and date: At Reams Station, Va., 25 August 1864. Entered service at: New York, N.Y. Born: 22 December 1822, Ireland. Date of issue: 31 October 1890. 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.


1961: 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!


2009: U2 played 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.”


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