Archive for March 28th, 2012

March 28,

JFK Remarks to Ireland. Terence McSwiney. Death of Jack B Yeats on this day in Irish history

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1879: Birth of Terence McSwiney. McSwiney was Sinn Fein Lord Mayor of Cork during the War of Independence. After his arrest in 1920 for sedition, he went on hunger strike in Brixton Jail, England. A botched effort to force feed him hastened his death after 74 days. His funeral in Cork was viewed by over 100,000 people. McSwiney was¬†confident “that my death will do more to smash the British Empire than my release.” His death energized an already emotional anti-British population.

1922: Moving closer to a vicious Civil War. The IRA Executive issue a statement stating that the Minister of Defence and the Chief-of-Staff (both of whom supported the Treaty) no longer exercise control over the IRA.

1957: Death of artist Jack Butler Yeats (b. 1871). Successful in his own right, he was brother of poet William Butler Yeats.

“Two Travellers” by Jack B Yeats

1963: JFK records an address to the “Irish People” to be broadcast by RTE, the Irish national broadcaster.

Listen to the three minute broadcast. Below are notes prepared for address and initial draft hand written by Kennedy on Sheraton Hotel notepaper.

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