The Gold-Prospecting Fighting Irish Bishop – Spike Milligan and The Prince of Wales at Today in Irish History

February 27: TODAY in Irish History:

** ** **

spike milligan at today in irish history

spike milligan

Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks 

Conor is a Chicago based Motivational Humorous Business Speaker, Author and History buff.

** ** **

.

1895: Bishop Patrick Manogue (1831-1895_

Kilkenny born Patrick Manogue, founding Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento dies on this day in 1895, age 63. Manogue emigrated to the US in 1848, spending a number of years as a gold prospector in California. Although he never made it rich, he earned enough to support his siblings and eventually fund his seminary education in Paris, France. This period of his life earned him the moniker of “The Gold Rush Bishop.”

.

Patrick Manogue Bishop of Sacremento

Patrick Manogue

.

Following his ordination, he returned to California where he apparently was not afraid to use his large six feet three inch frame to sometimes encourage faith in his parishioners! The Diocese of Sacremento website provides this little gem! “On one occasion he learned that one of his parishioners was dying. He got on his horse, at night, and started out to the lonely cabin. When he arrived, the lady’s husband came out of the cabin, a pistol trained on the priest. “No blankety-blank priest is going to touch my wife!” The pistol waved in the air. Manogue decked the man, took the pistol away, went into the cabin and prayed with the woman. When he returned, the astonished husband was sitting on the steps. Manogue gave back the pistol, got on his horse and rode back to Virginia City.”

.

READ:  Bio of Bishop Patrick Manogue

.

** ** **

.

1997: Ireland Introduces Divorce

Divorce becomes legal in Ireland implementing the results of the 1995 constitutional referendum to amend the constitution. The amendment was narrowly approved by 50.23 percent of the voters — a 9,118-ballot margin out of 1.6 million cast.

.

** ** **

.

2002: Spike Milligan (1918-2002)

spike milligan at today in irish history

spike milligan

.

Irish citizen (Indian born) Spike Milligan dies aged 83. Milligan was famous for his zany wit and comedy much of which may have been generated via bi-polar disorder which he suffered from. His most commercially successful work involved the famous radio program The Goon Show on which he was head writer and cast member with other comedy legends Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe. An affectionate Irish description for this true comedy genius is that he was a “genuine nutcase.” His novel Puckoon is a wonderful satire on the partition of Ireland set in the 1920s.

.

SPIKE MILLIGAN RECEIVING BRITISH LIFETIME COMEDY AWARD

.

** ** **

.

Want to learn more about Ireland? See these images and more in the acclaimed For the Love of Being Irish

Irish gift ideas. Best selling Irish booksRonnie Drew and Luke Kelly - Musical Irish Gifts to the worldJoyce Image in For the Love of Being IrishMichael Collins: Image from For the Love of Being Irish

___________________________________

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.

Visit Conor’s YouTube channel IrishmanSpeaks to Laugh and Learn.

Tags: Best Irish Gift, Creative Irish Gift, Unique Irish Gifts, Irish Books, Irish Authors, Today in Irish History TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by IrishmanSpeaks)

   

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: