Archive for December, 2011

December 31,

First Irish Plane Flight. RTE Television Goes on Air

Dec 31: TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by For the Love of Being Irish)

1864: Irish born navy Coxswain Patrick Colbert receives the Medal of Honor for gallantry. His Citation reads:

“Served on board the U.S.S. Commodore Hull at the capture of Plymouth, 31 October 1864. Painfully wounded by a shell which killed the man at his side, Colbert, as captain of the forward pivot gun, remained at his post until the end of the action, braving the heavy enemy fire and appearing as cool as if at mere target practice.”

1909: County Down born engineer and inventor Harry Ferguson makes the first flight in Ireland. At HarryFergusonLegacy.com, his first flight is reported as follows: “Harry had designed a monoplane which was fitted with a V8 35hp JAP engine, construction of which was completed later that month. The day of the first flight attempt arrived and, with wings detached and the tail resting in the back of a car, the aircraft was towed through the streets of Belfast to Hillsborough Great Park. This first attempt failed, due in part to propeller trouble then, after it was replaced, because of unsuitable weather conditions. Over succeeding weeks, he tried again, his first successful flight of 130 yards in length being made on December 31st, 1909. ”

Harry Ferguson monoplane

Harry Ferguson monoplane

The Belfast Telegraph reported on Ferguson’s flight: “The roar of the eight cylinders was like the sound of a Gatling gun in action. The machine was set against the wind, and all force being developed the splendid pull of the new propeller swept the big aeroplane along as Mr Ferguson advanced the lever. Presently, at the movement of the pedal, the aeroplane rose into the air at a height from nine to twelve feet, amidst the heavy cheers of the onlookers. The poise of the machine was perfect and Mr. Ferguson made a splendid flight of 130 yards.”

1927: 2RN (later Radio Eireann) broadcasts the first sponsored programme featuring Euthymol toothpaste.

1961: RTE, the Irish national broadcaster goes on air. The first person to address the nation was an elderly Eamonn De Valera who had some difficulty comprehending this “new” media: “I must admit that sometimes when I think of television and radio and their immense power, I feel somewhat afraid. Like atomic energy it can be used for incalculable good but it can also do irreparable harm. Never before was there in the hands of men an instrument so powerful to influence the thoughts and actions of the multitude.”

The highlight of an opening night transmitted in black and white was a program from the Gresham Hotel Dublin Hosted by Eamonn Andrews. Here is a clip from RTE Archives hosted by consummate Irish broadcaster Eamonn Andrews.

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

Learn and Laugh with  Chicago based Inspirational Motivational Business Speaker, Award Winning  Inspirational Irish Business Speaker and editor of Today in Irish History Conor Cunneen. Here Conor talks about a Mobile Disco and Choosing your Attitude. This will put a smile on your face.


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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.

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This history is written by Irish author, business keynote speaker and award winning humoristIrishmanSpeaks – Conor Cunneen. If you spot any inaccuracies or wish to make a comment, please don’t hesitate to contact us via the comment button.

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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December 30,

Guinness signs 9000 Year Lease. Sean Hannity Born. Saddam Hussein Executed

Dec 30: TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by IrishmanSpeaks)

1759: Arthur Guinness signs a 9,000 year lease for St. James Gate brewery to allow him to brew that famous black magical brew that has now become world famous. The acclaimed For the Love of Being Irish, an A-Z of Ireland where not surprisingly “G” is for “Guinness”  pays deferential tribute to what many affectionately know as Black Magic. Guinness Limeric

From FOR THE LOVE OF BEING IRISH

Guinness claim the perfect pint should take 119.5 seconds to pour. A long time, but worth the wait as Guinness aficionados will gladly tell you as you will see from this clip.

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1961: Conservative commentator and Fox News stalwart Sean Hannity enter the world. Hannity’s grand parents emigrated from Ireland. The two major conservative talking heads on the “Fair and balanced” network (Hannity and Bill O’Reilly) are of Irish extraction.

Irish American commentators Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity

Irish American commentators Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity

2006: Saddam Hussein executed. First generation Irish American Colonel James Hickey led the party which captured the former leader of Iraq.

bearded Saddam Hussein after capture

Bearded Saddam Hussein after capture

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

See Chicago based IRISH Inspirational Motivational Business Speaker Conor Cunneen,  editor of Today in Irish History Conor Cunneen speaking on Corporate Vision (that might just make you thirsty.) Learn and Laugh with an Irishman who is one of less than 70 people in the world to be awarded Toastmasters Accredited Speaker designation.

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

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This history is written by Irish author, business keynote speaker and award winning business humorist IrishmanSpeaks – Conor Cunneen. If you spot any inaccuracies or wish to make a comment, please don’t hesitate to contact us via the comment button.

Visit Conor’s YouTube channel IrishmanSpeaks to Laugh and Learn.

Conor Cunneen is one of less than 70 people in the history of Toastmasters to be awarded Accredited Speaker designation.

Tags: Best Irish Gift, Creative Irish Gift, Unique Irish Gifts, Irish Books, Irish Authors, Today in Irish History, Accredited Speaker Toastmasters.