WWI Irish Air Ace. Famous Irish PickPocket George Barrington on this day in Irish History.

May 14: TODAY in Irish History:

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Today in Irish History: Curated by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks

Chicago Motivational Humorous Business Speaker, Author and History buff.

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ON THIS DAY

1755: George Barrington is born in Maynooth, Co. Kildare. Barrington is one of the more interesting characters in Irish history. He spent much of his early years as a relatively successful (and famous) pickpocket, on one occasion picking the pocket of the Russian Count Orlov of a snuff-box, said to be worth £30,000. For some reason, Orlov did not press charges.

Barrington was eventually convicted and deported to Australia where after a period he was granted full freedom, eventually becoming High Constable of Parramatta, a suburb of Sydney. Barrington authored  A Voyage to Botany Bay; The History of New South Wales ; The History of New Holland.

George Barrington

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1883: Execution of Joe Brady for murder of Lord Cavendish

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1893: Birth of George McElroy  in Dublin. He would go on to be one of the most successful and decorated pilots of World War I.

Initially McElroy fought in the infantry, fighting with the Royal Irish Regiment at Ypres where he was seriously injured by mustard gas. Recuperating in Dublin at the time of the 1916 Easter Rising, McElroy Refused to fire on fellow Irishman, an action for which he received surprisingly little admonishment.

Some months later, he joined the Royal Flying Corps (later Royal Air Force) and became an immensely accomplished fighter. He was credited with 47 aerial victories which makes him the most successful Irish fighter pilot of the war. He was killed by ground fire in July 1918. He is buried in at the Laventie Military Cemetery in northern France

George McElroy

McElroy’s awards include:  Military Cross and Distinguished Flying Cross.

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1921: A brutal day in the Irish War of Independence for the RIC (Royal Irish Constabulary).  In County Cork, three officers are killed in Midleton, three in Cork City, one in Innishannon. More than fifty RIC officers would be killed by the IRA during the month of May.

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1974: Northern Ireland Assembly passes a resolution approving power sharing of Unionists and Nationalists by 44 votes to 28 in line with the Sunningdale Agreement. This flew in the face of what appeared to be the electorate’s decision. In the February 28 general election, 11 of the 12 seats in Northern Ireland were won by loyalist candidates opposed to Sunningdale. The Assembly vote would signal the beginning of the end of power sharing. The self styled Ulster Workers Council called a general strike which slowly but surely strangled the Northern Irish economy.

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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 HistoryTODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by IrishmanSpeaks)

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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

BUY Quality Quality Guinness and Ireland Rugby Shirts
Guinness Rugby Shirts - Brilliant!Rugby Shirt - Ireland


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

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