Archive for November 8th, 2011

November 8,

Today in Irish History: Bram Stoker, Congo Massacre, Enniskillen Bombing, Mary Robinson

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

1847: Dracula author Bram Stoker is born in Dublin.

Dracula Author Bram  Stoker

Dracula Author Bram Stoker

1960: Eight Irish peace-keeping troops die in the Niemba massacre in Congo. This was the Irish army’s first overseas role since attaining independence. A total of 26 Irish troops died during the Congo deployment for which they were totally unprepared. Irish troops arrived with heavy wool uniforms and having been advised by Archbishop of Dublin Dr. McQuaid that the Congolese were “a very gentle people.” The Baluba tribesmen of the Congo quickly changed that perception.

Wounded Irish trooper - Congo

Wounded Irish trooper - Congo

1921: Anglo Irish Treaty Negotiations: British Prime Minister Lloyd George suggests the idea of a boundary commission to the Irish delegation to determine the boundary of Northern Ireland.

1987: Remembrance Day in Northern Ireland and another dreadful outrage sees eleven people die as a bomb explodes without warning at the town’s cenotaph where people had gathered to remember the dead from previous wars. In a beautiful act of forgiveness, Gordon Wilson who lost his twenty year old daughter in the incident said ” “I bear no ill will. Dirty sort of talk is not going to bring her back to life. She was a great wee lassie.” And she had a great dad.

1990: In a surprise result, Mary Robinson elected first female President of Ireland. Robinson served oneĀ  term and has achieved distinction as a human rights activists and jurist. In 2004, she received Amnesty International’s most prestigious human rights award – Ambassador of Conscience Award – for her work in promoting human rights.

Mary Robinson, First Female President of Ireland

Mary Robinson

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