Mad Dog Coll Gets Whacked – Daniel O’Connell’s Final Speech at Today in Irish History

February 8: TODAY in Irish History:

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Vincent Mad Dog Coll born in Donegal Ireland

Vincent “Mad Dog” Coll

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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1847: Famine Food Riots

The Cork Examiner reports that following food riots by starving famine victims, “a deputation, consisting of the principal Master Bakers in the city, waited on the Magistrates at the Police-office, and stated that in consequence of the present alarming height to which the disturbances in the city have risen, they should be compelled to close their shops and sell no more bread unless the court would ensure to them the protection of the military and police force.”


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1847: Daniel O’Connell Final Speech

Daniel O'Connell

Daniel O’Connell 1775-1847

An ailing Daniel O’Connell makes his final speech to House of Commons pleading for help for a starving Ireland.

“”She is in your hands — in your power. If you do not save her, she cannot save herself. I solemnly call on you to recollect that I predict, with the sincerest conviction, that one- fourth of her population will perish unless you come to her relief.”


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1908: Irish Women’s Franchise League

Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington

Irish Women’s Franchise League is founded by Hanna Sheehy Skeffington and Margaret Cousins. with the intention of gaining voting rights for women.


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1932: Mad Dog Coll gets Whacked

Vincent “Mad Dog” Coll is gunned down by Chicago mobsters, a fate he had imposed on some of his fellow Chicago mobsters. He was born born Uinseann Ó Colla in Gweedore, Donegal in 1908.

Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll in court
Vincent “Mad Dog” Coll in court

Coll, by all accounts was a ruthless, violent criminal. His parents emigrated to America when he was one year old. Abandoned by his father, he grew up in poverty. Coll’s brother, Peter, was killed one year before he met his death. Coll’s   fate was sealed after he started a gang war by shooting colleagues of his former mob boss Dutch Schultz. Coll was gunned down while making a phone call in a drug store.

Coll was one of a number of mob figures with strong Irish connections.


SEE: ‘Mad Dog Coll – An Irish Gangster’  by Breandán Delap

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