Archive for February, 2013

February 28,

Boxing Champ Barry McGuigan – Father Ted Goes to Heaven – Writer Pádraic Ó Conaire at Today in Irish History

February 28: TODAY in Irish History:

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Champ Barry McGuigan

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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1881: Writer Pádraic Ó Conaire

 Author and short story writer Pádraic Ó Conaire is born in Galway. Most of his best work was published in the Irish language.  Though he wrote 26 books, over 400 short stories and 6 plays, he died destitute in Dublin having abandoned his wife in family in London fourteen years previously.

Pádraic Ó Conaire statue Galway

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1922: Death of Mary Ellen “Ella” Quinlan

Ella Quinlan, Mother of Eugene O'Neill

Ella Quinlan, Mother of Eugene O’Neill

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Death of  Eugene O’Neill’s mother Mary Ellen “Ella” Quinlan. Ella married Kilkenny born actor James O’Neill in 1877. Eugene was born one year later. In O’Neill’s semi-autobiographical tome Long Day’s Journey into Night, his mother is represented by a lonely and disillusioned Mrs. Tyrone.

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READ: Biography of Ellan Quinlan

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1961: Barry McGuigan – World Boxing Champ

Champ Barry McGuiganl

Champ Barry McGuigan

Irish boxing legend Barry McGuigan is born in Clones Co. Monaghan. McGuigan’s dad Pat McGeegan was famous in his own right as a very popular singer in Ireland who represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1968

Known as the Clones Cyclone, McGuigan won the World Featherweight Title in 1985 when he defeated Eusebio Pedrosa in a fifteen round decision. He made two successful defences of his crown before losing a decision to Stevie Cruz in Las Vegas in 1986 in a fight Ring Magazine named as Fight of the Year.

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McGuigan has stayed active in the fight game doing regular media work. He is also manager of Carl Frampton, another boxing phenomenon from Northern Ireland who is currently European Super Bantamweight champ and whom  McGuigan believes can win the World title

On Twitter, McGuigan has over 70,000 followers @ClonesCyclone

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1985: IRA Mortar Attack Kills Nine at Newry RUC Barracks

The Provisional IRA launches a mortar attack on Newry RUC barracks. One mortar scores a direct hit on the barracks canteen resulting in the deaths of 9 RUC personnel. It was the highest death toll the RUC suffered on a single day.

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1998: Goodbye Father Ted – Dermot Morgan

Death of comedian and actor Dermot Morgan aged 47 from a heart attack. Morgan was one of the most popular comedy actors on Irish and UK TV during the 1990s. His most successful work was in the wildly successful Father Ted series where he played a disfunctional scheming priest Father Ted Crilly who lived on Craggy Island somewhere off the coast of Ireland. Morgan and the show itself won BAFTA awards for best comedy work.

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Want to learn more about Ireland? See these images and more in the acclaimed For the Love of Being Irish

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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.

Visit Conor’s YouTube channel IrishmanSpeaks to Laugh and Learn.

Tags: Best Irish Gift, Creative Irish Gift, Unique Irish Gifts, Irish Books, Irish Authors, Today in Irish History TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by IrishmanSpeaks)

   

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February 27,

The Gold-Prospecting Fighting Irish Bishop – Spike Milligan and The Prince of Wales at Today in Irish History

February 27: TODAY in Irish History:

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spike milligan at today in irish history

spike milligan

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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1895: Bishop Patrick Manogue (1831-1895_

Kilkenny born Patrick Manogue, founding Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento dies on this day in 1895, age 63. Manogue emigrated to the US in 1848, spending a number of years as a gold prospector in California. Although he never made it rich, he earned enough to support his siblings and eventually fund his seminary education in Paris, France. This period of his life earned him the moniker of “The Gold Rush Bishop.”

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Patrick Manogue Bishop of Sacremento

Patrick Manogue

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Following his ordination, he returned to California where he apparently was not afraid to use his large six feet three inch frame to sometimes encourage faith in his parishioners! The Diocese of Sacremento website provides this little gem! “On one occasion he learned that one of his parishioners was dying. He got on his horse, at night, and started out to the lonely cabin. When he arrived, the lady’s husband came out of the cabin, a pistol trained on the priest. “No blankety-blank priest is going to touch my wife!” The pistol waved in the air. Manogue decked the man, took the pistol away, went into the cabin and prayed with the woman. When he returned, the astonished husband was sitting on the steps. Manogue gave back the pistol, got on his horse and rode back to Virginia City.”

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READ:  Bio of Bishop Patrick Manogue

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1997: Ireland Introduces Divorce

Divorce becomes legal in Ireland implementing the results of the 1995 constitutional referendum to amend the constitution. The amendment was narrowly approved by 50.23 percent of the voters — a 9,118-ballot margin out of 1.6 million cast.

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2002: Spike Milligan (1918-2002)

spike milligan at today in irish history

spike milligan

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Irish citizen (Indian born) Spike Milligan dies aged 83. Milligan was famous for his zany wit and comedy much of which may have been generated via bi-polar disorder which he suffered from. His most commercially successful work involved the famous radio program The Goon Show on which he was head writer and cast member with other comedy legends Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe. An affectionate Irish description for this true comedy genius is that he was a “genuine nutcase.” His novel Puckoon is a wonderful satire on the partition of Ireland set in the 1920s.

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SPIKE MILLIGAN RECEIVING BRITISH LIFETIME COMEDY AWARD

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Want to learn more about Ireland? See these images and more in the acclaimed For the Love of Being Irish

Irish gift ideas. Best selling Irish booksRonnie Drew and Luke Kelly - Musical Irish Gifts to the worldJoyce Image in For the Love of Being IrishMichael Collins: Image from For the Love of Being Irish

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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.

Visit Conor’s YouTube channel IrishmanSpeaks to Laugh and Learn.

Tags: Best Irish Gift, Creative Irish Gift, Unique Irish Gifts, Irish Books, Irish Authors, Today in Irish History TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by IrishmanSpeaks)