Archive for November 23rd, 2011

November 23,

Today in Irish History: Tammany Boss Richard Croker. Manchester Martyrs

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1841: Tammany boss Richard Croker is born in Cork. Croker was leader of the often corrupt New York Democratic machine between 1886-1902.

Tammany Boss Irish born Richard Croker

Tammany Boss Irish born Richard Croker


Croker earned the undying wrath of Mark Twain who in a mock eulogy to the Irish emmigrant got his facts wrong, but maybe not the tone when he said “Yes, farewell to Croker forever, the Baron of Wantage, the last, and I dare say the least desirable, addition to English nobility.”  In his autobiography, Twain didn’t mince his words about Croker describing him as an “all-round blatherskite and chief pillager of the municipal till.”



1867: Manchester Martyrs are hanged. Three members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, William Philip Allen, Michael Larkin, and Michael O’Brien were executed for the murder of a police officer in Manchester, England, in 1867. The trio were members of a group Fenians who helped two two members of the IRB to escape, during which a Manchester police officer was killed.



1920:  The fallout from  Bloody Sunday continues. IRA volunteer Thomas Whelan is arrested for his involvement in the executions of the so called Cairo gang. He would be hanged by British authorities March 21 1921

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