De Valera Jail Escape – US Troops in Northern Ireland – Ronan Keating at Today in Irish History

March 3: TODAY in Irish History:

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De Valera poster

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: De Valera’s Escape from Lincoln Jail

De Valera captured 1916

De Valera after 1916 Rising

De Valera poster

The New York Times debunks some of the myths surrounding Eamonn De Valera’s escape from Lincoln Jail, England on Feb 3 1919.

SEE: NY Times Report

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1942: US Troops in Northern Ireland

Member of the US 34th Infantry (Mechanized) Division are some of the first American troops to arrive in Northern Ireland. Their first deployment would be to North Africa. Northern Ireland would be major training camp for the invasion of the European mainland. American strength in Northern Ireland on this date is  reported as 10,433 (including 534 officers, 70 nurses.

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SEE: British Pathe Video of Troops Disembarking

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1968: Singer Pat McGeegan – Eurovision Song Contest

Pat McGeegan, father of Irish boxing great and featherweight world champion Barry McGuigan wins the national competition to represent Ireland in the Eurovision song  contest. At the time, the Eurovision song contest was a social phenomenon guaranteeing the Irish representative fame and fortune in the Emerald Isle.

Singer Pat McGeegan (McGuigan)

Boxing son Barry McGuigan

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1977: Ronan Keating of BoyZone

pop star ronan keating

Irish pop star Ronan Keating is born in Dublin. Keating was lead singer with the hugely successful manufactured boy band Boyzone (1993-1999). Boyzone’s first appearance on TV on The Late Late Show can kindly be described as woeful. Your editor Conor Cunneen remembers watching it. (See below) But they somehow managed to overcome what is now an infamous appearance to sell over twenty million records in the following decade.

Keating went solo in 1999. As a solo artist, he has sold more than twenty million records.

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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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