First New Zealand Governor. Ireland Joins League of Nations. Bill O’Reilly.

September 10: TODAY in Irish History:


Today in Irish History: Curated by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks

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September 10: TODAY in Irish History:

1842: Death of Waterford born William Hobson, naval officer and the first Governor of New Zealand when it was designated a separate colony in of Great Britain in 1840.


William Hobson New Zealand Governor

Waterford born William Hobson New Zealand Governor


READ:   Biography of William Hobson


1923: Ireland Joins League of Nations

In a defining moment of international recognition, the new Irish Free State joins the League of Nations. Time reported “Ireland was admitted into the sacred circle of the League of Nations by unanimous vote. On all sides there were spontaneous manifestations of good-will toward Ireland. In eloquent speeches, representatives of Britain, France, China, Persia and other countries extended felicitations to the Free State representative.”

Thanking the League of Nations for welcoming Ireland, William T. Cosgrave, President of the Executive Council of Ireland said in Geneva

“In the actual proceedings which we have witnessed, we have seen a keen appreciation of the fact that nations are interdependent in matters of economic and intellectual development. We hope that the means of closer intercourse provided or initiated through the League of Nations will be helpful to the economic and educational progress for which Ireland is looking forward and always striving.

We willingly testify that the advocacy of these ideals has strongly attracted us towards the League of Nations, and if as yet the means provided have not always proved fully effective to secure their worthy ends, we are mindful of our national proverb, ‘Bíonn gach tosnú lag’ (‘every beginning is weak’), and we trust that in time to come, adequate means and faithful use of them will justify our common hopes. Our history and the instinct of our hearts forbid us to think that temporary or even recurrent failures can deprive a just and steadfast purpose of the assurance of success.”


william t cosgrave

William T. Cosgrave


READ: Complete W.T. Cosgrave speech on Ireland’s accession to League of Nations 


1949: Fox News news host and conservative commentator Bill O’Reilly is born to Irish American parents in New York and he has never stopped whining (but often in a very entertaining manner) since.


Bill O'Reilly at today in irish history

O’Reilly in typical pose


O’Reilly’s ancestors hail from Cavan and Northern Ireland. O’Reilly often gives the impression that he believes he is never wrong, simply because he is right (leaning), but he is a consummate broadcaster who delights in pot stirring and playing the role of agent provocateur.  The net result is he generates large audiences for Fox.

O’Reilly is also a hugely successful author with a string of New York Times Bestsellers including The O’Reilly Factor, The No Spin Zone, Who’s Looking Out for YouCulture Warrior and Pinheads and Patriots.


Bill O’Reilly on “What to do in Ireland”




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