James Joyce – Burning of British Embassy – Gene Kelly at Today in Irish History

February 2: TODAY in Irish History:

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Joyce Image in For the Love of Being Irish

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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1882: James Joyce

James Joyce, possibly the most famous Dubliner ever enters the world on this day in 1882.


Joyce Image in For the Love of Being Irish

James Joyce

Images from For the Love of Being Irish written by Conor Cunneen. Illustrated by Mark Anderson

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1972: Rioters Burn British Embassy in Dublin

On the day that 11 Bloody Sunday victims are buried, the British Embassy in Dublin is burned to the ground by furious demonstrators protesting over the killing of 13 people in Derry on  January 30. Emotions were running extremely high on both sides of the border following the killings, not helped by the British government’s vacuous reaction in the House of Commons, the day after the killings.

Up to 3o,000 demonstrators had been protesting outside the Embassy since the events of Sunday January 30th. An initially peaceful demonstration turned nasty and violent. At one stage, the government of Jack Lynch considered bringing in the army to defend the Embassy, but opted not to do so because of the fear of serious violence and attacks on the army by IRA elements.

Burning of British Embassy Dublin

Crowd outside British Embassy before it was fire-bombed

The Republic of Ireland was a cauldron of anti-English rhetoric and emotion. Editor of Today in Irish History Conor Cunneen remembers: “The day after the killings, the Christian Brother superior of our high school came into class and announced all schools would be closed the following to commemorate ‘the murder of 13 Irish people’ by English soldiers.”


READ: Burning of British Embassy


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1996: Hoofer Gene Kelly dies in his sleep. The fleet footed dancer and star of Singin’ in the Rain, An American in Paris and other popular movies was the grandson of Irish immigrants.

Gene Kelly: Singin’ in the Rain


READ: Profile of Gene Kelly


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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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