Alcohol Free 1916 Rising in Wexford – Henry VIII – Painter Daniel Maclise at Today in Irish History

January 25: TODAY in Irish History:

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Henry VIII and Ireland

Henry VIII

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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1533: King Henry VIII, Lord of Ireland gets hitched

Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

England’s King Henry VIII, Lord of Ireland and self declared King of Ireland (1541) marries Anne Boleyn after divorcing Catherine of Aragon.

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1806: Painter and illustrator Daniel Maclise is born in Cork.

Maclise lived much of his life in London, but retained a strong attachment to his homeland, often romanticizing it in his work. He was a good friend of Charles Dickens and painted a number of portraits of the great author. Maclise also provided illustrations for The Old Curiosity Shop by Dickens.

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Portrait of Charles Dickens by Daniel Maclise

Portrait of Charles Dickens by Daniel Maclise

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The-Marriage-of-Strongbow-and-Aoife

Daniel Maclise’s portrayal of The Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife is on display in the Crawford Gallery in Cork.

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1877: Canon Patrick Murphy and the alcohol free 1916 Rising in Wexford

Canon Patrick Murphy is born in Whitehill, Kilmore, County Wexford. Murphy is a little know figure in Irish history, but he provided a truly fascinating oral account of the 1916 Rising in Enniscorthy in an interview in 1955.

“Commandant Galligan arrived from Dublin with instructions from James Connolly that the Enniscorthy Volunteers were to take over the Railway so as to prevent reinforcements reaching Dublin through Rosslare. ………… 

Early on Thursday morning an order was issued closing all public houses with the result that during the four days of Republican rule not a single person was under the influence of drink. On the same morning the Railway Station was taken over and a train on the way to Arklow was held to be used in case of emergencies………….

Rumours of an attack on Enniscorthy. By the end of the week about 2,000 English troops from the Curragh and lsewhere had assembled in Wexford town. They were under the commandof Colonel French, a Wexford man, who happened to be on furlough at the time.”

The attack on Enniscorthy did not take place as the rebels surrendered after hearing of the outcome in Dublin, but not until they were allowed send a deputation to see rebel leader Patrick Pearse in Kilmainham Jail, Dublin.

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READ: Statement by Canon Patrick Murphy

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