Irish Nationalist John Mitchel – Conor Cruise O’Brien at Today in Irish History

November 3: TODAY in Irish History:

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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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1815: Birth of Irish Nationalist John Mitchel

John MItchel - Irish Nationalist

Mitchel wrote for The Nation and was founder of The United Irishman newspaper which openly preached rebellion against England returns to Ireland. Convicted of treason in 1848, Mitchel was sentenced to fourteen years’ transportation in Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania.) In 1853, he escaped to America, where he published his Jail Journal.

While in America, he was editor of the Richmond Examiner and a strong advocate of Confederate rights. He was imprisoned for several months after the Civil War ended. His return to Ireland, evoked huge enthusiasm amongst an Irish population devastated by the Famine and emigration

READ: Biography of John Mitchel


1917: Irish politician and author Conor Cruise O’Brien born in Dublin. Known as “The Cruiser,” (although not necessarily to his face,) he authored a biography of Edmund Burke. O’Brien despised Charles Haughey and coined the acronym GUBU (Grotesque, Unbelievable, Bizarre and Unprecedented) to describe Haughey’s behavior.

1920: A violent day in Irish War of Independence with two RIC (Royal Irish Constabulary) officers killed in separate incidents in Tipperary and Sligo.

1943: Query raised in Dail Eireann (Irish Parliament) by Oliver Flanagan about participation in a ‘foreign army,’ i.e. British army

Mr. Flanagan: asked the Minister for Defence if he is aware that it is alleged that certain high officers in the Army have recruited for a foreign army or have sons serving in such army and if he will make a statement in the matter.

Minister tor Defence (Mr. Traynor): I am not aware that it is alleged that certain high officers in the Army have recruited for a foreign army but, if such an allegation has been made, I am satisfied that it is entirely without foundation. I am informed that two sons of Army officers are serving in a foreign army but, as the Deputy is aware, I have no more jurisdiction over Army officers as parents than I have over any other citizen of the State.

Mr. Flanagan: I could furnish the Minister with the names of certain high officers in the Army who have made representations to the British Government to get their sons into the British Army as cadets. When the Irish Army is good enough for the fathers, why is it not good enough for the sons? Will the Minister not take some action in a case of that sort, where you have those men sending their sons to a foreign army?

Mr. Traynor: The information which I have just given the Deputy is the only information available to me.


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