Archive for February, 2013

February 22,

Seán Ó Faoláin – Golfer Joe Carr – IRA Bomb Para HQ Aldershot at Today in Irish History

February 22: 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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1900: Seán Ó Faoláin

Seán Ó Faoláin

Seán Ó Faoláin

Irish short story writer Seán Ó Faoláin is born John Francis Whelan in Cork. In the 1950’s, he served as director of the Arts Council of Ireland. He made a major contribution to the development of Irish literature when he founded the literary periodical The Bell. This publication created quite a bit of controversy as it was outspoken in its attacks on censorship and conservative aspects of Irish nationalism and Catholicism.

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READ: More about at Irish Writers Online

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READ: Article on Seán Ó Faoláin at Cork Independent

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1921: Deserters or Spies?

The bodies of three British soldiers killed by the IRA are found near Woodford, Co. Galway. There has long been discussion whether the three were deserters or spies. The three soldiers had been executed by the I.R.A.’s East Clare Brigade. One of them had a label hung around his neck which read  “Spies. Tried by courtmartial and found guilty. All others beware.”

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READ: Deserters or Spies. The Executions at Locatorick

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1922: Golfer Joe Carr

Golfer Joe Carr

Golfer Joe Carr 1922- 2004

Birth of Joe Carr, one of Ireland’s finest golfers and probably greatest ever amateur player is born in Dublin. Carr won the British Amateur Championship three times and was elected Captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, St. Andrews in 1991. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2007.

Golf Legend Joe Carr

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READ: Joe Carr at  World Golf Hall of Fame 

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1941: Australian Prime Minister Menzies on the Irish Question

Fascinating diary entry by Australian PM on discussions he had with Churchill re De  Valera and Irish neutrality.

” (Churchill) Enjoys hatred, and got a good deal of simple pleasure out of saying what he thought of de Valera, who is (inter alia) a murderer and perjurer. [N.B. There is a growing passion on this subject here, and we may as well get ready for squalls. After all, why should the British people, (and the Australian) be prejudiced and perhaps defeated by this fantastic Southern Irish neutrality?]

I endeavoured vainly to get his [Winston Churchill’s] mind on the question of the ultimate solution of Ireland. War? Federal Union? Should the Dominions offer to intervene?”

SEE: http://moadoph.gov.au/exhibitions/online/menzies/irelandandtheusa.htm

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1972: 7 Killed as  IRA Bomb Para HQ in Aldershot.

Seven people – six civilian staff and an army chaplain – are killed by an IRA car bomb which explodes outside the officers’ mess at the headquarters of 16th Parachute Brigade in Aldershot, England. The official IRA claimed the bomb was in retaliation for the events of Bloody Sunday when British paratroopers killed thirteen protesters in Derry. Only one person was ever convicted for the atrocity, IRA activist Noel Jenkinson who would die from heart failure in Leicester Prison in 1976.

Aftermath of Aldershot Bombing which killed seven

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1995: Northern Ireland Framework Document

Taoiseach John Bruton and British PM John Major unveil a “Framework Document” for a path to peace in Northern Ireland.

The main points of the document — unveiled in Belfast after months of secret negotiations — include recognition of the right of Ulster people to choose their destiny, the establishment of a cross-border body with limited and agreed executive, consultative and harmonizing powers, and guarantees by the British and Irish governments to protect civil, political, social and cultural rights.

Taoiseach John Bruton

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February 21,

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.

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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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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)