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March 11,

Irish Revolutionary Thomas Clarke. Medal of Honor Winner. Today in Irish History

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1812: Birth of musician and opera composer William Vincent Wallace in Waterford.

1858: Birth of Irish revolutionary Thomas Clarke to Irish parents on the Isle of Wight. At a young age, Clarke took up the nationalist cause, joining the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB). In 1883, he was sentenced to penal servitude for life for treason (planning bomb attacks in England.) He served sixteen years. Clarke was one of the leading proponents of the 1916 Rising and the second person to be executed.

Irish revolutionary Thomas Clarke

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1926: Eamonn De Valera resigns as head of Sinn Fein. Two weeks later he will found Fianna Fail which would dominate Irish politics for the rest of the 20th century.

1936: Irish soccer player Jimmy Kelly plays international soccer for North of Ireland (March 11 versus Wales) and one week later for what was then the Irish Free State soccer team in an international game against Switzerland.

1955: Death of Cork born Corporal Edward O’Sullivan (b. 1870) who is one of many Irishmen to have won the highest military honor of the United States, The Medal of Honor. He was awarded the honorĀ  on 7 July 1899 for action in the Spanish American war. The United States Marine Corp History states he deserted 16 November 1901

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