Cavan Orphanage Fire – Manchester United Great Johnny Carey at Today in Irish History

February 23: 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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1919: Irish soccer legend, Johnny Carey (d. 1995) is born in Dublin.

Johnny Carey 1948 FA Cup Winning Captain

Johnny Carey was discovered by the legendary Manchester United Irish scout Billy Behan who also discovered other United greats including Liam Whelan, Tony Dunne, Don Givens, Kevin Moran and Paul McGrath.. Johnny Carey played most of his career with Manchester United where he captained Matt Busby’s first great team to victory in the 1948 F.A. Cup and the 1952 First Division Championship. Carey played for Ireland more than thirty times.

Carey went to to manage Everton, Nottingham Forest and Blackburn with a limited level of success.


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1943: Cavan Orphanage Fire Claims 36 Lives

35 children and one adult die in Cavan orphanage fire at St. Joseph’s Orphanage & Industrial School run by the enclosed order of Poor Clare nuns. Many of the children were orphans, others were committed either because they were born out of wedlock or as in the case of two unfortunates allegedly committed because the local Roman Catholic priest did not want the children to be looked after by a Protestant neighbor following the death of their mother.

A government enquiry placed most of the blame for the deaths on an inadequate fire service although Irish satirist and coincidentally secretary to the tribunal Bryan O’Nolan wrote under his nom de plume Flann O’Brien:

“In Cavan there was a great fire, Judge McCarthy was sent to inquire, It would be a shame, if the nuns were to blame, So it had to be caused by a wire.”


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1948: Shorthand Inventor John Gregg

County Monaghan born John Gregg, inventor of Gregg Shorthand dies in New York at the age of eighty.

Shorthand Inventor John Gregg 1867-1948

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