Archive for February, 2013

February 26,

1,000 Games for Goalkeeping Legend Pat Jennings at Today in Irish History

February 26: TODAY in Irish History:

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Pat Jennings in action for Arsenal. The player on left is Dublin born Dave O'Leary

Pat Jennings in action for Arsenal.

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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1960: Shannon Plane Crash Kills 34

An Alitalia plane bound for NY crashes moments after take off from Shannon airport killing 34 of its 52 passengers. Strong headwinds forced the Douglas DC-7 plane to land at Shannon to top up fuel on its flight from Naples. No cause for the accident was ever established.

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1962: IRA Calls Off Border Campaign

The IRA called of its “Border Campaign” which it had waged since 1956. The majority of the nationalist population in Northern Ireland despised partition with many of them prepared to take arms against a Northern Ireland government that fostered severe anti-Catholic, anti-nationalist discrimination. In December 1956, the IRA announced the opening of its campaign with a number of actions against government establishments and an announcement proclaiming  that their aim was “an independent, united, democratic Irish Republic. For this we shall fight until the invader is driven from our soil and victory is ours.” Aggressive action by governments of both sides of the border including internment without trial proved debilitating for the IRA. De Valera’s Dublin government saw the IRA as a major threat to the stability of the Republic of Ireland introducing military courts to try IRA members.

It would be but seven short years before a new, lengthier and much more violent campaign would come to Northern Ireland.

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1983: Pat Jennings – Goalkeeping Legend

Pat Jennings in action for Arsenal. The player on left is Dublin born Dave O'Leary

Pat Jennings in action for Arsenal. Dublin born Dave O’Leary is immediately behind Jennings

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Famed Northern Irish goalkeeper Pat Jennings becomes the first player to make 1,000 senior appearances in English football when he lines out for Arsenal at West Bromwich Albion. The gentle giant (with huge hands) played for Watford, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal in a career that culminated when playing in the World Cup in Mexico. Quite possibly the best goalkeeper in the world in his prime, the Newry born Jennings played 119 times for Northern Ireland. In 1973, Jennings saved two penalties against Liverpool in the one game and was voted Footballer of the Year. Jennings was inducted into the Tottenham Hotspur Hall of Fame (even though he finished his career playing for arch-rivals Arsenal) and today does hospitality work for the club.

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Pat Jennings scores goal against Manchester United in 1967 Charity Shield

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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

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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.

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

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February 25,

Songwriter Thomas Moore – Birmingham Six Convictions Unsafe at Today in Irish History

February 25: TODAY in Irish History:

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Thomas Moore

 

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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1570:Elizabeth I is Excommunicated

Elizabeth I, Queen of England and Ireland is excommunicated by Pope Pius V because of her treatment of Catholics. Daughter of Henry VIII and his second wife Anne Boleyn, the “Virgin Queen” was no friend of Ireland which she referred to as a “rude and barbarous nation” – a nation that admittedly plotted with Spain against her and her English rule. Irish leaders such as Garret Fitzgerald and Hugh O’Neill took part in a Nine Years War against English reign between 1594 and 1603.

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1852: Songwriter Thomas Moore

Thomas Moore 1779-1852

Poet and songwriter Thomas Moore dies at age of 72. Born in Dublin, Moore wrote some of Ireland’s finest melodies including The Minstrel Boy: She is far from the Land: Believe me, if all those endearing young charms and literally hundreds of others.

Moore was also an accomplished satirist and poet who in Enigma wrote about the growing public debt….. (even back then!!!)

Come riddle-me-ree, come riddle-me-ree,
And tell me, what my name may be.
I am nearly one hundred and thirty years old,
And therefore no chicken, as you may suppose; —
Though a dwarf in my youth (as my nurses have told),
I have, ev’ry year since, been outgrowing my clothes;
Till, at last, such a corpulent giant I stand,
That if folks were to furnish me now with a suit,
It would take ev’ry morsel of scrip in the land
But to measure my bulk from the head to the foot.

Click for a comprehensive list of Thomas Moore’s works.

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1991: Birmingham Six Convictions Unsafe

UK Director of Public Prosecution, Alan Green, announces that the convictions convictions of the Birmingham Six can no longer be considered safe and satisfactory.

The "Birmingham Six"

The “Birmingham Six”

In one of the great miscarriages of justice in British legal history, Hugh Callaghan, Patrick Hill, Gerard Hunter, Richard McIlkenny, William Power and John Walker were all jailed in 1975 for IRA attacks on two pubs in Birmingham in November 1974 which killed 21 people. Their convictions would finally be quashed by the Court of Appeal on March 19 and the men would walk free for the first time in 17 years.

As early as 1976, Fathers Denis Faul and Raymond Murray published a detailed document questioning the men’s convictions.

READ:  The Birmingham Framework: Six Innocent Men Framed for the Birmingham Bombings

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SEE: ITV Program on Birmingham Six.

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The Provisional IRA had planted bombs in two pubs: The Mulberry Bush bomb was followed   minutes later by a bomb in the nearby Tavern in the Town. The IRA had phoned a warning twelve minutes before the first bomb went off, but the bombs went off as police were trying to clear the pubs. One of the ironies of the murderous attack was that a number of the victims were second-generation Irish.

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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

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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.

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)