Archive for February 27th, 2012

February 27,

The Fighting Irish Bishop. Divorce in Ireland. Spike Milligan Passes On.

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1895: Kilkenny born Patrick Manogue, founding Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Sacremento dies age 63. Manogue emigrated to the US in 1848, spending a number of years as a gold prospector in California. Although he never made it rich, he earned enough to support his siblings and eventually fund his seminary education in Paris, France. Following his ordination, he returned to California where he apparently was not afraid to use his large six feet three inch frame to sometimes encourage godliness. The Diocese of Sacremento website provides this little gem! “On one occasion he learned that one of his parishioners was dying. He got on his horse, at night, and started out to the lonely cabin. When he arrived, the lady’s husband came out of the cabin, a pistol trained on the priest. “No blankety-blank priest is going to touch my wife!” The pistol waved in the air. Manogue decked the man, took the pistol away, went into the cabin and prayed with the woman. When he returned, the astonished husband was sitting on the steps. Manogue gave back the pistol, got on his horse and rode back to Virginia City.”

The recently ordained Patrick Manogue 1832-95

1997: Divorce becomes legal in Ireland implementing the results of the 1995 constitutional referendum to amend the constitution. The amendment was narrowly approved by 50.23 percent of the voters — a 9,118-ballot margin out of 1.6 million cast.

2002: Irish citizen (Indian born) Spike Milligan dies aged 83. Milligan was famous for his zany wit and comedy much of which may have been generated via bi-polar disorder which he suffered from. His most commercially successful work involved the famous radio program The Goon Show on which he was head writer and cast member with other comedy legends Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe. An affectionate Irish description for this true comedy genius is that he was a “genuine nutcase.” His novel Puckoon is a wonderful satire on the partition of Ireland set in the 1920s.

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