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November 30,

Confederate General Patrick Cleburne killed. President Clinton visits Northern Ireland. Today in Irish History:

TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by For the Love of Being Irish)

 November 30: 

1864: Death of Cork born Confederate General Patrick  Cleburne at the Battle of Franklin, “pierced with forty-nine bullets, through and through.” Robert E. Lee referred to him as a “a meteor shining from a clouded sky.”  Cleburne’s campaigns included the Battles of Shiloh, Richmond and Chickamauga. Cleburne County in Alabama is named after the Irishman.

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Cork born Patrick Cleburne

Patrick Cleburne 1828-1864

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The Patrick R. Cleburne Confederate Memorial Cemetery in Georgia is the final resting place of Confederate soldiers who fell during the Battle of Jonesboro.

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Cleburne at the Battle of Atlanta (from Co. Aytch by Sam Watkins)

“The plan of battle, as conceived and put into action by General Cleburne, was one of the boldest conceptions, and, at the same time, one of the most hazardous that ever occurred in our army during the war, but it only required nerve and pluck to carry it out, and General Cleburne was equal to the occasion. The Yankees had fortified on two ranges of hills, leaving a gap in their breastworks in the valley entirely unfortified and unprotected. They felt that they could enfilade the valley between the two lines so that no troop would or could attack at this weak point. This valley was covered with a dense undergrowth of trees and bushes. General Walker, of Georgia, was ordered to attack on the extreme right, which he did nobly and gallantly, giving his life for his country while leading his men, charging their breastworks. He was killed on the very top of their works. In the meantime General Cleburne’s division was marching by the right flank in solid column, the same as if they were marching along the road, right up this valley, and thus passing between the Yankee lines and cutting them in two, when the command by the left flank was given, which would throw them into line of battle. By this maneuver, Cleburne’s men were right upon their flank, and enfilading their lines, while they were expecting an attack in their front. It was the finest piece of generalship and the most successful of the war.”

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FOR DETAILED BIO OF GENERAL PATRICK CLEBURNE

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1995: President Clinton is the first U.S. President to visit Northern Ireland to a rapturous reception from both protestant and catholic communities. Clinton spoke at the Mackie Plant in Belfast  as he said “along the peace line, the wall of steel and stone separating Protestant from Catholic” where his ongoing contribution to the peace process and determination to make it eventually happen ensures he is one of the most popular US Presidents ever to the Irish population. Clinton’s full speech at Mackie Metal Plant spoke of “the shroud of terror” melting away with “Peace, once a distant dream … now making a difference in everyday life.”


Want to learn more about Ireland?
See these images and more in the acclaimed For the Love of Being Irish
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For the Love of Being Irish written by Chicago based Corkman Conor Cunneen and illustrated by Mark Anderson 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

Watch For the Love of Being Irish author Conor Cunneen – IrishmanSpeaks on his Youtube channel IrishmanSpeaks. Laugh and Learn. Here Conor was speaking to Harley-Davidson


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This blog is written by Irish author, business keynote speaker and award winning humoristIrishmanSpeaks – Conor Cunneen. Visit Conor’s YouTube channel IrishmanSpeaksto Laugh and Learn. Tags: Best Irish Gift, Creative Irish Gift, Unique Irish Gifts, Irish Books, Irish Authors, Today in Irish History

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November 29,

Today in Irish History: Patriot Leader Charles Thomson. Founding of Sinn Fein. Northern Ireland Power Sharing

TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by For the Love of Being Irish)

Co. Derry born Charles Thomson Secretary of Continental Congress

Charles Thomson

 1729: Charles Thomson, Secretary of the Continental Congress and a Patriot leader during the American Revolution is born in Maghera, Co. Derry. Thomson remained Secretary of the Congress for fifteen years and his name appears on the first published version of the Declaration of Independence.

Thomson is one of the co-designers of the Seal of the United States.

1898: C.S. Lewis author of The Chronicles of Narnia and ardent Christian writer is born in Belfast.

1905: Sinn Fein is founded by Arthur Griffith with the policy “to establish in Ireland’s capital a national legislature endowed with the moral authority of the Irish nation”.[

1993: It is revealed that the British Government is having secret meetings with the IRA which enrages the Unionist community.  In the House of Commons, an irate Ian Paisley accused Northern Ireland Secretary Sir Patrick Mayhew of lying about the meetings and was suspended from proceedings for five days.

1999: Northern Ireland Power Sharing Executive appointed under the leadership of Unionist First Minister David Trimble. Sinn Fein’s chief negotiator, Martin McGuinness and universally recognized as a former IRA commander (which he denies), is appointed Minister in charge of Ulster’s schools. Despite numerous ongoing setbacks and suspensions, Northern Ireland was finally on the way to a peaceful future.
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

BUY Quality Quality Guinness and Ireland Rugby Shirts
Guinness Rugby Shirts - Brilliant!Rugby Shirt - Ireland


For the Love of Being Irish written by Chicago based Corkman Conor Cunneen and illustrated by Mark Anderson 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

Watch For the Love of Being Irish author Conor Cunneen – IrishmanSpeaks on his Youtube channel IrishmanSpeaks. Here Conor Cunneen puts a spin on The Gift of GAB that will have you Laughing and Learning.


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This blog is written by Irish author, business keynote speaker and award winning humoristIrishmanSpeaks – Conor Cunneen. Visit Conor’s YouTube channel IrishmanSpeaksto Laugh and Learn. Tags: Best Irish Gift, Creative Irish Gift, Unique Irish Gifts, Irish Books, Irish Authors, Today in Irish History