Jack “Legs” Diamond. De Valera Wins Election. Assassination of Kevin O’Higgins on this day in Irish History

July 10: TODAY in Irish History:


Today in Irish History: Curated by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks

Chicago Motivational Humorous Business Speaker, Author and History buff.


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1897: Gangster, bootlegger, associate of Arnold Rothstein, Jack “Legs” Diamond is born Jack Moran to Irish immigrants Sara and John Moran in Philadelphia. Diamond was a nasty piece of work, unafraid to kill anyone who got in his way. His activities ensured bloody gang warfare especially involving another east coast mobster Dutch Schultz who tried to have “Legs” whacked on a number of occasions. At the time, one of Schultz’s main enforcers was Vincent “Mad Dog” Coll who was born in Gweedore, County Donegal.

“Legs” Diamond was finally gunned down while in a drunken stupor following  a court case acquittal.

Jack "Legs" Diamond

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1917: Eamonn De Valera wins his first election, winning the Clare East by-Election as a Sinn Fein candidate. He refuses to take his seat in the House of Commons. The election was caused due to the death of Irish Nationalist MP Willie Redmond who like so many Irish volunteered to fight in the British Army believing it would bring Irish independence closer.

Eamonn De Valera

Eamonn De Valera


1927: Kevin O’Higgins the Irish Minister for Justice is gunned down by Anti-Treaty activists on his way to Sunday Mass. Although the Irish Civil War finished in 1923, many on the losing anti-Treaty side harbored much ill feeling to people like O’Higgins who had ordered the execution of many fellow Irishmen during the Civil War including Rory O’Connor who had been Best Man at O’Higgin’s wedding. O’Higgin’s own father had been gunned down by the IRA in 1923. The brutal suppression of the Anti-Treatyites by the Free State Government brought a quick end to a vicious civil war, but also helped usher full scale democratic politics into the new country. By 1932, the leader of the Anti-Treaty movement Eamonn De Valera was forming his first Irish government.

Kevin O'Higgins best man at Rory O'Connor Wedding

De Valera, Kevin O’Higgins and Rory O’Connor at O’Higgin’s wedding

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1956: Irish soccer international Frank Stapleton is born in Dublin. Stapleton played 71 times for Ireland and over 200 times for Arsenal and Manchester United.


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