Archive for January, 2012

January 29,

Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association is founded. Saville Inquiry into Bloody Sunday.


January 29: TODAY in Irish History (by IrishmanSpeaks)
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1948: Pat Kenny, Irish broadcaster is born.

Pat Kenny

1967: The Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association is founded. By any standards, the Catholic / Nationalist community had suffered government sponsored discrimination since the foundation of Northern Ireland. NICRA was formed to campaign for civil rights, partly inspired by the civil rights movement in the United States. One of the instigators of the movement was South African born Kadar Asmal, a lecturer in Trinity College Dublin, who would  have been deemed a second class citizen in his own country.

Civil Rights Mural Derry

Civil Rights Mural Derry

The core objectives of NICRA were:

1) One man, one vote

2) End to gerrymandering. In Derry for instance, the local government constituencies had been manipulated to reduce the representation of the majority Catholic population

3) End discrimination in public housing. This became the catalyst for the growth in NICRA when in June 1968, Nationalist politician Austin Currie raised the case of a 19 year old single Protestant woman who was allocated a house in advance of numerous Catholic families with large families. The issue became a cause celebre, generating huge international attention and generated the first serious civil rights marches in Northern Ireland, some of which would result in terrror and death for participants.

1998: Following extensive lobbying, British Prime Minister Tony Blair announces a new judicial enquiry, headed by Lord Saville, into the events of Bloody Sunday, January 30 1972 when 13 civilians were killed by British troops. The original enquiry conducted by Lord Widgery, where he exonerated the military of all blame was seen as a total whitewash by Nationalists and most indepenent observers. Saville would not publish his damning report until 2010, concluding that British paratroopers fired the first shots without warning and that none of the victims were armed.

Lord Saville Announcing Results Bloody Sunday

Lord Saville Announcing Results Bloody Sunday

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Editor of Today in Irish History, Conor Cunneen is just the 63rd person in the history of Toastmasters International to be awarded Accredited Speaker designation. As a Chicago based professional speaker, this Irishman’s client base ranges from Harley-Davidson to Helsinki, from Memphis to Madrid as he Energizes, Educates and Entertains his audience to grow their business, people, teamwork and productivity. Here is a clip of Conor in action that might just get you laughing and thinking.

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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.

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January 28,

Death of William Butler Yeats. Sinn Support of Northern Ireland Police


January 28: TODAY in Irish History (by IrishmanSpeaks)
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1807: Sir Robert John Le Mesurier McClure, arctic explorer is born in Wexford. In 1850 he was commander of Investigator in Arctic expedition via the Bering Strait. He is credited as being the first to navigate the famed Northwest Passage, the  sea route that connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, which is frozen for most of the year.

Sir Robert McClure

Photograph of Sir Robert McClure presented to Queen Victoria in 1854

1939: William Butler Yeats left this world on this day at the age of 73.

william butler yeats

william butler yeats 1865-1939

Yeats was born in Dublin, the son of painter John Butler Yeats, he spent much of his childhood in County Sligo which was a huge source of inspiration for him, not least the beautiful Lake Isle of Inisfree. YouTube has the following  radio recording of Yeats presenting this great poem and explaining how he came up with idea for Inisfree.

Yeats was a major player in the Celtic Revival which endevored (successfully) to raise awareness of the culture of Ireland, much of which had been decimated by English rule. His personal and political life was as interesting as his poetry. The love of his life Irish revolutionary Maud Gonne, rebuked his marriage proposals on a number of occasions although they were lovers.

Yeats is buried in Drumcliff, County Sligo.

2007:At a [arty Ard-Fheis (general meeting) in Dublin, Sinn Fein members vote to support the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) for the first time in the party’s history. Speaking after the vote, Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams described the vote correctly as “truly historic.”

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

Editor of Today in Irish History, Conor Cunneen is just the 63rd person in the history of Toastmasters International to be awarded Accredited Speaker designation. Here is a clip of Conor in action that might just get you laughing as we move into the New Year.

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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