Archive for June 6th, 2012

June 6,

Bobby Kennedy Assassination. Ronald Reagan, Willie John McBride on this day in Irish History

June 6: 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:

1820: Death of politician and opponent of the 1800 Act of Union, Henry Grattan (b. 1746). Born to Anglo Irish Protestant wealth, Grattan entered the Irish Parliament in 1775. A brilliant orator, he was one of the key players in winning legislative independence for Ireland in 1782.

This unfortunately was to last only until the Act of Union which he was bitterly opposed to. Despite his opposition to the Act, he did later take his seat in the House of Commons in London.

Henry Grattan

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1940: Willie John McBride, inspirational Irish and Lions rugby player is born in Ballymena, Co. Antrim. In a career spanning 1962-75, the big man played 63 times for Ireland and 17 times for the Lions. He captained the British and Irish Lions to the first ever test series victory against South Africa in a brutal and memorable set of games in 1974. The tour itself was marred by much controversy and opposition to playing in apartheid ridden South Africa.

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See also The Invincibles. Lions Tour of South Africa 1974

McBride leads Lions team out at start of this video and is seen being carried shoulder high by his delighted team mates.

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1966: Assassination of Bobby Kennedy by Sirhan Sirhan, a disaffected Palestinian supporter following a political rally in Los Angeles. The younger and devoted brother of Jack Kennedy, he was the trusted aide, counselor and Attorney General to the President.

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bobby kennedy california election victory

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Following JFK’s assassination, he stayed in government under Lyndon Johnson, a man he despised as uncouth and unsuitable to follow his brother. The emotions were mutual. Kennedy resigned the AG office to run for Senator for New York in late 1964 – an election he won with ironically, strong support from Johnson.

Although elevated to government position that he was hardly qualified for by his presidential brother, Bobby proved an effective and tough AG and a maturing politician before his death.

His greatest moment may have been when he announced the assassination of Martin Luther King to an audience, news that he had only heard minutes previously. It is a beautiful, poignant speech.

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1984: In Normandy, Ronald Reagan delivers his famed The Boys of Pointe du Hoc  speech at Ceremony Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion, D-day. Reagan’s speech was crafted by a young Irish American Peggy Noonan whose grandmother was “grandmother was a big, broad Irish peasant, a poor girl who came from a family where they sheared the lambs in the house. She was a plain and modest woman who loved her church and her faith.” Noonan states at her website that the grandmother “had this funny little habit of, um, reading tea leaves. And when the priests would come to call, she and her friends would run around hiding the teacups from which she was divining the future.

But she was from mystical, spirit-filled Ireland, where as a child she actually saw fairies frolic in the glen. If you saw fairies, you’d read tea leaves too. “

In speech making, Noonan is no one hit wonder. She crafted Reagan’s memorable and poignant speech on the Challenger disaster, January 28 1986, a speech that was crafted by necessity in one afternoon.

Today, she is a Wall Street Journalist and continues to be an unabashed supporter of her Irish American brother Ronald Reagan. An author of a number of best sellers, her book on communication Simply Speaking is a concise masterpiece on getting your message across.

For Full Text of The Boys of Pointe du Hoc

Ronald Reagan and Peggy Noonan

Want to learn more about Ireland? See these images and more in the acclaimed 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

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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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