Samuel Beckett – Famine Horror – Sligo-born General Michael Corcoran at Today in Irish History

Dec 22: TODAY in Irish History:

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samuel beckett irish nobel prize winner

Samuel Beckett 1906-1989

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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1849: Famine Horror

The horrifying recollections of Famine sufferer Brigid O’Donnel were published in the London Illustrated News:

“I lived on the lands of Gurranenatuoha. My husband held four acres and a half of land, and three acres of bog land; our yearly rent was £7 4s.; we were put out last November; he owed some rent.

We got thirty stone of oats from Mr. Marcus Keane, for seed. My husband gave some writing for it: he was paid for it. He paid ten shillings for reaping the corn. As soon as it was stacked, one “Blake” on the farm, who was put to watch it, took it away to his own haggard and kept it there for a fortnight by Dan Sheedey’s orders. They then thrashed it in Frank Lellis’s barn. I was at this time lying in fever.

Dan Sheedey and five or six men came to tumble my house; they wanted me to give possession. I said that I would not; I had fever, and was within two months of my down-lying (confinement); they commenced knocking down the house, and had half of it knocked down when two neighbours, women, Nell Spellesley and Kate How, carried me out. I had the priest and doctor to attend me shortly after. Father Meehan anointed me. I was carried into a cabin, and lay there for eight days, when I had the creature (the child) born dead. I lay for three weeks after that.

The whole of my family got the fever, and one boy thirteen years old died with want and with hunger while we were lying sick. Dan Sheedey and Blake took the corn into Kilrush, and sold it. I don’t know what they got for it. I had not a bit for my children to eat when they took it from me.”

Irish Famine Victim Brigid O'Donnel and starving children

Irish Famine Victim Brigid O’Donnel and starving children

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1863: Death of Sligo-born Union General Michael Corcoran

Corcoran (born in Ballymote, Co. Sligo) is killed when his horse falls on him. He was just thirty-six years old. Corcoran was a Confederate prisoner of war for a period but was released as part of a prisoner exchange. Although his father was an officer in the British army, Michael Corcoran had strong nationalist feelings. Emigrating from Ireland in 1849, he became colonel of the 69th New York Militia in 1859. Refusing to parade his regiment before the visiting Prince of Wales in New York, he was due to be courtmartialled but the advent of the Civil War ensured his reinstatement.

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Brigadier Michael Corcoran 69th_New_York_Militia

Sligo Born Brigadier Michael Corcoran on left with 69th_New_York_Militia

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1989: Samuel Beckett dies in Paris

Beckett was eighty-nine years old. An often cynical man, he left us with many words of wisdom including “Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order.” Born in Dublin in 1906 Samuel Beckett  was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature  in 1969 “for his writing, which – in new forms for the novel and drama – in the destitution of modern man acquires its elevation.”

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samuel beckett irish nobel prize winner

Samuel Beckett 1906-1989

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At the presentation speech,  Karl Ragnar Gierow, of the Nobel Prize Academy said “Mix a powerful imagination with a logic in absurdum, and the result will be either a paradox or an Irishman. If it is an Irishman, you will get the paradox into the bargain.”

READ: Samuel Beckett bio

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This history is written by Irish author, business keynote speaker and award winning humorist IrishmanSpeaks – Conor Cunneen. If you spot any inaccuracies or wish to make a comment, please don’t hesitate to contact us via the comment button.

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