Medal of Honor winner Edward Floyd – Sir Edward Carson at Today in Irish History

February 21: TODAY in Irish History:

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Irish medal of honor winner Edward Floyd

Edward Floyd

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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1850: Medal of Honor winner Edward Floyd is born in Ireland (location unknown.)

Irish medal of honor winner Edward Floyd

Edward Floyd

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Floyd’s citation reads: “The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Boilermaker Edward Floyd, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession while serving on board the U.S.S. Iowa, at the time of the blowing out of the manhole plate of Boiler D on board that vessel, 25 January 1905.”
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Edward Floyd is buried in  Charleston, South Carolina

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1910: Ulster Unionists elect Sir Edward Carson as party leader.

He would prove to be an inspired choice from the Unionist point of view.

unionist edward carson

Edward Carson 1854-1935

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Carson was a hugely effective leader of the Loyalist / Unionist movement in Northern Ireland which felt under siege as Irish nationalism drove Ireland (relentlessly as he saw it) to Irish independence from England.In particular, his skills in organizing effective Loyalist opposition to a proposed 1912 Home Rule act ensures he is seen by many today as an Ulster hero. He was a founding member of the Ulster Volunteers whose objective was to preserve a Protestant Ulster for a Protestant People.

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Different Perspectives on EDWARD CARSON

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1922: An Garda Síochána

 Recruitment campaign commences for An Garda Síochána (Guardians of the Peace), the Irish police force. Candidates were to be at least 5′ 9″, unmarried and between the ages of 19 and 27. Michael Joseph Staines is the first Garda Commissioner.

Garda Síochána circa 1923

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2009: The Damaged Celtic Tiger

Over 100,000 take to Dublin streets to protest the financial and banking crisis affecting Ireland. Unemployment rate in Ireland would jump from 4% (2008) to over 14% by 2011.

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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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