F. Scott Fitzgerald – Golfer Christy O’Connor – Wolfe Tone at Today in Irish History

Dec 21: TODAY in Irish History:

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F Scott Fitzgerald at today in irish history

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks

Conor is a Chicago based Motivational Humorous Business Speaker, Author and History buff.

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1796: Wolfe Tone at Bantry Bay

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wolfe tone 1763-1798


Wolfe Tone writes in near despair of efforts to land French invasion forces at Bantry Bay. High winds and storms would mean the planned landing would be aborted some days later.

“We are now, nine o’clock, at the rendezvous appointed; stood in for the coast till twelve, when we were near enough to toss a biscuit ashore; at twelve tacked and stood out again, so now we have begun our cruise of five days in all its forms, and shall, in obedience to the letter of our instructions, ruin the expedition, and destroy the remnant of the French navy, with a precision and punctuality which will be truly edifying.”


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1924: Golfer Christy O’Connor

Christy O'Connor at today in Irish history

“Himself” – Christy O”Connor


Famed Irish golfer Christy O’Connor (affectionately known as “Himself” ) is born in County Galway. “Himself” was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2009, following on the 2007 induction of amateur golfer Joe Carr from Dublin.

O’Connor was Ireland’s most successful golfer prior to Padraig Harrington. He played ten times on the Britain and Ireland  Ryder Cup team and won twenty-four times on the European golf tour. His nephew Christy Jr. also played in the Ryder Cup on two occasions, most famously when the (now) European team retained the trophy in 1989.




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1940: Death of F. Scott Fitzgerald

F Scott Fitzgerald dies of a heart attack at the age of forty four.

F Scott Fitzgerald Irish American

F Scott Fitzgerald 1896-1940


Fitzgerald’s greatest opus The Great Gatsby was published in 1925 to wide acclaim. Although a literary success, Fitzgerald’s life was riddled with pain and despair caused by his excessive drinking and his wife’s mental instability.

Fitzgerald was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota the son of Edward and Mary McQuillan Fitzgerald.  an Irish Catholic family.

The Great Gatsby opens with:

Then wear the gold hat, if that will move her;

If you can bounce high, bounce for her too,

Till she cry “Lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover,

I must have you!”


DOWNLOAD: FREE copy of The Great Gatsby at The University of Adelaide


READ: A Brief Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald


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