Irish Civil War Ends. Packy Bonner. Sean Kelly Cyclist – Today in Irish History

May 24: 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

 1921: Following the Government of Ireland Act 1920 the first election to the Parliament of Northern Ireland is held. Ulster Unionist Party members won a two-thirds of votes cast and 40 of the 52 seats in the assembly.

Full Election Results

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1923: Anti-Treaty leaders Frank Aiken and Eamonn De Valera call an end to the Irish Civil War. The 11 month vicious war  cost the lives of many public figures, including Michael Collins, Cathal Brugha and Liam Lynch. Both sides carried out brutal acts: the anti-treaty forces murdered TDs and burned many historic homes, while the government executed anti-treaty prisoners, officially and unofficially. The bitterness of the war consumed Irish politics for the rest of the 20th century.

Michael Collins illustration in For the Love of Being Irish

De Valera finally realized that the aggressive action by the Irish government was too strong for anti-Treaty forces and issued a statement to his followers.

“Soldiers of the Republic. Legion of the Rearguard: The Republic can no longer be defended successfully by your arms. Further sacrifice of life would now be in vain and the continuance of the struggle in arms unwise in the national interest and prejudicial to the future of our cause. Military victory must be allowed to rest for the moment with those who have destroyed the Republic.”

Eamonn De Valera

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1956: Sean Kelly, one of two world class cyclists (Stephen Roche also) to fly the Irish flag in the 80s is born in Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Waterford. The big man won over 200 professional races in a 17 year career. Including Paris-Nice seven years in succession. He won the points classification in Tour de France in 1982, 1983, 1985 and 1989 and won five stages. His best tour performance was winning the Vuelta a Espana in 1988.

Kelly was a fearless rider and a formidable descender, clocking a career top race speed of 124 km/h, while descending from Col de Joux Plane to Morzine on stage 19 of the Tour in 1984.

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SEAN KELLY WINS MILAN-SAN REMO

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1960: Irish goalkeeping legend Packy Bonner is born in Co. Donegal. Bonner played 80 games for Ireland and 642 for Glasgow Celtic. He is best remembered for the penalty save against Romania in a penalty shootout in the 1990 World Cup when the country literally went mad, work stopped and the drink poured as Ireland made its way to the quarter finals of the biggest soccer tournament in the world

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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

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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 HistoryTODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by IrishmanSpeaks)


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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