Today in Irish History: Australian Bushranger Ned Kelly, Irish in World War I

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

1880: Ned Kelly, outlaw, folk hero and quite probably simply a cold blooded police killer  of Irish parentage is executed.  He Kelly was born in Victoria to an Irish convict father. Kelly is famous in folklore for the metal army plate and helmet he wore when captured the previous June 28th. Mick Jagger played Ned Kelly in the 1970 movie of the same name.

1918: End of World War I. An estimated 140,000 Irish troops fought in the British army over the four years of conflict. An estimated 30,000 Irishmen died during the war. Participation in the British army, at the time and since, was a divisive factor in Irish politics. Some ardent Irish nationalists who fought in the later war of Irish Independence against Britain, served in the army believing the war was being fought for the betterment of “small nations.” The majority who fought were from loyalist Ulster, but many from nationalist Ireland served including County Cork born, Michael O’Leary who was one of 37 Irish soldiers to win the Victoria Cross in World War I.

Cork born Michael O'Leary Irish VC winner


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