Confederate Irish General. Rineen Ambush, Co. Clare. The Long Count: Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney

September 22: TODAY in Irish History:


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September 22: TODAY in Irish History:


Galway born Confederate General Patrick Moore

1821: Confederate Brigadier-General Patrick T. Moore is born at Galway, Ireland.


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Galway born Patrick Moore 1821-1883


In the spring of 1861 he was commissioned colonel of the First regiment, Virginia infantry, which was assigned to Longstreet’s brigade of the army under Beauregard at Manassas. He participated in the affair at Blackburn’s ford and the battle of Manassas, in the latter action receiving a severe wound in the head while leading his regiment.

He survived the war and died in 1883. A number of Irish attained high rank in the Confederate forces. The most lauded was Cork born Stonewall of the West” Patrick Cleburne who perished at the Battle of Franklin.

READ: Biography of Patrick Moore



Rineen Ambush

1920: The Mid-Clare Brigade of the IRA ambush and kill six Royal Irish Constabulary officers in a well-planned attack. In reprisal, British forces murdered a number of local residents and  burned houses.

In oral history, Andrew O’Donoghue, former commander of the  5th Batallion, Mid-Clare IRA Brigade said, “The enemy did carry out most frightful reprisals that night and there was no one to molest them. It was a splendid chance lost because the British forces – R.I.C., Black and Tans and military – all went berserk in their orgy of destruction, becoming frightfully drunk in the process and, throwing all precaution to the winds, became sitting ducks for properly placed ambushers.”

READ: More on Andrew O’Donoghue’s Memoirs


READ: FASCINATING Lengthy Witness Statement by Mid-Clare IRA Commander Andrew O’Donoghue



The Long Count – Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney

1927: Irish Americans Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney fight for the World Heavyweight Title in a rematch at Soldier Field Chicago. The bout became famous for “The Long Count.”  (This has nothing to do with Irish born Bram Stoker who wrote Count Dracula!)

The previous year, Tunney had beaten Dempsey over ten rounds to secure the World Title.

Dempsey’s failure to move to a neutral corner after knocking Tunney down in this rematch, delayed the start of the count allowing Tunney to get off the canvas. The referee finally counted to nine. Whether Tunney would have been able to get up, if the referee had not delayed the count will never be known. There is little doubt that over the complete fight Tunney was the better boxer.

Gene Tunney was son of emigrants John Tunney and Mary Lydon, both from Co. Mayo.

Both of Dempsey’s parents were of Irish extraction.





1943: Irish artist Robert Ballagh is born in Dublin


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