Amazing IRA Press Conference. Oliver Cromwell heads for Ireland. Undertones’ Feargal Sharkey

August 13: TODAY in Irish History:


Today in Irish History: Curated by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks

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August 13: TODAY in Irish History:

1649: Oliver Cromwell sets sail for Ireland and the commencement of one the most vicious military campaigns inflicted on Ireland. History can be written in so many different ways. In A Compendium of Irish Biography, Alfred Webb writes “On his arrival, Carlyle tells us “he was received with all possible demonstrations of joy; the great guns echoing forth their welcome, and the acclamations of the people resounding in every street. The Lord-Lieutenant being come into the city — where the concourse of people was very great, they all flocking to see him of whom before they had heard so much — at a convenient place he made a stand, . . and with his hat in his hand, made a speech to them, . . which was entertained with great applause.” (It is right to note that Catholics were not then permitted to reside in the city.)”

Oliver Cromwell at Today in Irish HIstory

Oliver Cromwell “The Great Protector” 1599-1658


1857: Birth of Mary Ellen “Ella” Quinlan – Mother of Eugene O’Neill

Ella married Kilkenny born actor James O’Neill in 1877. Eugene was born one year later. In O’Neill’s semi-autobiographical tome Long Day’s Journey into Night, his mother is represented by a lonely and disillusioned Mrs. Tyrone.


1958: Feargal Sharkey, lead singer with the excellent punk/new wave band The Undertones is born in Derry.


A Good Heart is Hard to Find – Undertones


1971: Four days after the introduction of internment, Joe Cahill, Commanding Officer of the IRA in Belfast holds an intriguing press conference.


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