Death of Shankill Butcher – Willie Moore. Michael O’Riordan – Irish Communist Party on this day in Irish History

May 18: 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

2006: Michael O’Riordan, founder of the Communist Party of Ireland dies age 88. Not too surprisingly, O’Riordan fought a lonely battle in attempting to get the Irish population buy into Communism.

Originally active in the IRA following Irish independence, he joined the Communist Party of Ireland in 1935. During the 30s – a time of economic depression and hardship, Communism was seen by many in Europe and USA as the answer to the problems of the working class. O’Riordan fought in the Spanish Civil War with the  XVth International Brigade, being severely wounded on the Ebro front. He was repatriated to Ireland  in September 1938 after the International Brigades were disbanded.

His IRA activity during World War II saw him interned in 1939. Following his release in 1943, he played an active part in local politics and made five failed attempts to get elected to Dail Eireann. In 1965 he became full-time Secretary General of the Communist Party of Ireland, a post from which he retired in 1983, when he was elected National Chairman.

His impact on the Irish political scene was ultimately minimal, but even his opponents accepted him as a man of principle.

A youthful Michael O’Riordan in International Brigade uniform

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2009: Death of William “Willie” Moore, one of the dreaded Shankill Butchers  who terrorized Catholic communities in the 1970’s killing and torturing an estimated twenty people in the most horrific manner. The Shankill Butchers are probably the worst serial killers in British history.

Shankill Butcher Willie Moore

Wikipedia provides chilling detail on these savages. (Not for the squemish). Read Belfast Telegraph article on Willie Moore. The author Martin Dillon authored The Shankill Butchers.

See also BBC.

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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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