Archive for November 27th, 2011

November 27,

Today in Irish History: GAA Founder Michael Cusack. Death of Playwright Eugene O’Neill

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GAA Founder Michael Cusack 1906: GAA Founder Michael Cusack dies at the age of 59. On November I 1884, Michael Cusack convened the first meeting of the ‘Gaelic Athletic Association for the Preservation and Cultivation of national Pastimes’ in Hayes’s Hotel, Thurles, Co Tipperary.

Cusack could never have envisioned that the GAA would develop into the largest amateur sports organization in the world. His legacy can be viewed every September when more than 70,000 fans pack into Croke Park to see the All-Ireland Hurling and Football finals.

GAA Founder Michael Cusack

1948: The  Republic of Ireland Act is passed by Dail Eireann. The twenty six counties of Ireland were finally free of any British constitutional authority.
Eugene O'Neill   1953: Author and playwright Eugene O’Neill dies. O’Neill was the son of Irish immigrants, actor James O’Neill from Kilkenny and Mary Ellen Quinlan. Both parents were characterized in O’Neill’s magnificent autobiographical Long Day’s Journey Into Night.

O’Neill could often be a nasty unforgiving character who disowned his eighteen year old daughter Oona, when she married the fifty-four year old Charlie Chaplin. They never reconciled.

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