Archive for January 11th, 2012

January 11,

Paddy Mayne SAS and Rugby International.

January 11: TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by For the Love of Being Irish)

1915: Irish rugby international and founding member of the SAS (Special Air Service) Paddy Mayne is born in Newtownards. He gained his first cap for Ireland in 1937 against Wales and went on to take part in the British and Irish Lions rugby tour of South Africa in 1938.

Paddy Mayne Rugby International and SAS Founder

Paddy Mayne in SAS, 1942

Mayne was one of the most highly decorated Allied soldiers of the second world war winning winning four Distinguished Service Orders, the Legion d’Honneur and the Croix de Guerre. An absolute maverick who fought not just the enemy but friends also, the fact that he was not awarded the Victoria Cross for valour is often put down to his rebellious manner. He died in 1955 in a car accident.

1939: Irish National Teachers Organization calls for lifting of ban preventing married women from teaching.

1970: At Sinn Féin Ard Fheis (party conference) held in Dublin, the party split between those who were in favour of ending the policy of abstentionism – of not taking any parliamentary seats in Ireland or Britain and those where against.

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