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December 8,

Today in Irish History: James Hoban White House Designer, Dail Cabinet Discusses Treaty

December 8th: TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by IrishmanSpeaks)

1831: Death of James Hoban, architect and designer of the White House. In the  JFK speech to Dail Eireann in 1963, the President paid tribute to Hoban: Features of this stately mansion (Dail Eireann) served to inspire similar features in the White House in Washington………. I know that the White House was designed by James Hoban, a noted Irish-American architect and I have no doubt that he believe by incorporating several features of the Dublin style he would make it more homelike for any President of Irish descent. It was a long wait, but I appreciate his efforts.”

James Hoban, Irish born designer of White House

James Hoban

1921: Seven members of Dail Cabinet met to discuss the Treaty. Minutes of the discussion state that following a discussion of the Treaty, “the following members declared in favour of recommending it to the Dáil: – A. Griffith, M. Collins, R. Barton, W. Cosgrave, K O’Higgins (no vote).

Mr Griffith would recommend document on basis of its merits – the remaining members on basis of signature.

The following declared against recommending Treaty to Dáil: President (DeValera, Cathal Brugha and A. Stack.”

The stage was being set for a vicious Irish Civil War.

1922: Four anti-treaty rebels Liam Mellows, Rory O’Connor, Joe McKelvey and Richard Barrett are executed in Mountjoy Jail in reprisal for the assassination the previous day of pro-treaty TD Sean Hales. Those in the Executive Council who approved the executions included Justice Minister Kevin O’Higgins who had been best man at Rory O’Connor’s wedding. In an Irish Independent article, writer and playwright Ulick O’Connor provides interesting perspective on this piece of Irish history.

Kevin O'Higgins best man at Rory O'Connor Wedding

de Valera, O’Higgins at Rory O’Connor (right) wedding

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