Danny Blanchflower – Charles Kickham Jailed – The Act of Union 1800 at Today in Irish History

February 10: TODAY in Irish History:

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Danny Blanchflower at Today in Irish History

Danny Blanchflower

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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1800: The Act of Union

The House of Lords votes for the Act of Union which sees Ireland lose its own parliament, direct rule is imposed on Ireland and “the united kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland” is created.


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1865: Charles Kickham Jailed

Sentenced to fourteen years hard labor for treason, Irish nationalist and Fenian Charles Kickham is incarcerated in Pentonville Prison. He was released in 1869, partly due to ill health.

Charles Kickham

Kickham was a contributor to the Irish People, the organ of the Fenian movement, the Irish Republican Brotherhood which the English authorities deemed seditious. He also authored a number of novels including the critically acclaimed Knocknagow. Suffering from ill-health, he was released from prison in 1869.


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1926: Danny Blanchflower born in Belfast

One of the finest soccer players ever to play for Northern Ireland, Danny Blanchflower is born in Belfast.

Danny Blanchflower with fellow soccer great George Best

Danny Blanchflower with fellow soccer great George Best


Blanchflower played 56 times for Northern Ireland but is probably best known as Captain of the great Tottenham Hotspur double winning team of 1961. Spurs were the first team to win the coveted double of league championship and FA Cup in the 20th century.

Blanchflower’s younger brother Jackie who played with Manchester United survived the Munich disaster, but never recovered sufficiently to add to the twelve caps he won for Northern Ireland.


Danny Blanchflower Playing with Northern Ireland

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1994: Dominic “Mad Dog” McClinchey Shot to Death


Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) member and self confessed participant in more than thirty killings, Dominic “Mad Dog” McClinchey dies in a hail of bullets while making a phone call in Drogheda. No one was ever convicted of his murder.

READ: Obituary Dominic McClinchey


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