Archive for January 12th, 2012

January 12,

Edmund Burke. Thomas Ashe. This Day in Irish History

January 12: TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by IrishmanSpeaks)

1729: Famed orator, statesman and philosopher Edmund Burke is born in Dublin.

Edmund Burke

Edmund Burke

Burke is rightly praised for his skills as an orator, although his excessively flowery language and exceedingly lengthy speeches (some more than six hours in parliament) would lose listeners very fast today. Today praised as the father of modern conservatism as evidenced by The Edmund Burke Institute for American Renewal, he was never afraid to speak his mind, taking issue with British policies in India, America and Ireland.

1885; Thomas Ashe is born in Lispoole, Co Kerry. Ashe was a founding member of the Irish Volunteers and a highly effective participant in the 1916 rising.

Thomas Ashe

Thomas Ashe

Ashe’s greatest impact on Irish life occurred through his death. His sentence of death following the Easter Rising was commuted to penal servitude for life. but he was released in June 1917. Again arrested and imprisoned in August, he went on  hunger strike. His death in September following a botched force feeding attempt by British authorities evoked huge response in Ireland and inflamed already heated anti-British emotion.

1973: Death of Air Chief Marshal Sir Francis Joseph Fogarty who was born in Cork in 1899. Fogarty was one of thousands of Irish who fought in the British forces in World War I where he served as a pilot with 98 Squadron  in the Royal Flying Corps which went on to become the RAF in 1918.

Frances Fogarty with 98 Squadron

Frances Fogarty - far left - with 98 Squadron

Following his retirement in 1957, he  became a Director of Racal Electronics and President of the British Airport Construction and Equipment Association.

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