Frank McCourt. De Valera in London. The Duke of Wellington’s “Da.” Today in Irish History

July 19: TODAY in Irish History:


Today in Irish History: Curated by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks

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July 19: TODAY in Irish History:

1735: Garret Colley Wesley, 1st Earl of Mornington and father of the Duke of Wellington is born in County Meath.


Dublin born Duke of Wellington 1769-1852


1919: In the War of Independence, the IRA kills three RIC policemen in separate incidents in Cork and Galway.


1921: Eamonn De Valera (in London for discussions with Lloyd George following the ceasefire) writes to Michael Collins ” Things may burst up here suddenly, so all should be prepared. I intend adhering to our original plan as closely as possible, but the changes in the situation have to be met as they arise.”

De Valera’s reception in London by Irish sympathizers must have surprised Britain.


1994: Death of author Eilis Dillon (b.1920). Her most famous novel Across the Bitter Sea is a portrayal of Ireland from the famine thru 1916.

For more on Eilis Dillon


2009: Frank McCourt author of Angela’s Ashes dies. The Limerick born (1930) McCourt emigrated to the United States in 1949. Angela’s Ashes is a memoir of his childhood in Ireland, memorable for the bleak, dark imagery and stories he tells about the poverty of the time. There is considerable debate about the accuracy of his own personal recollections, but the poverty he wrote about did exist in the Ireland of the time. He received the 1997 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award Angela’s Ashes. He went on to write another best seller ‘Tis.

Frank McCourt

Frank McCourt

See Photographer David Shankbones blog about McCourt and this picture.


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