March 15: 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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1767: President Andrew Jackson
Birth of Andrew Jackson, seventh President of the United States. Jackson’s father was from County Antrim who emigrated in 1765. The original Jackson homestead in Ireland was demolished in 1860, but a similar building is available for viewing at the Andrew Jackson Centre in Carrickfergus.
Jackson served as President 1829-1837. See biography of Andrew Jackson at Whitehouse.gov.
1852: Lady Gregory
Birth of co-founder of the Abbey Theatre, Lady Gregory in County Galway. Lady Gregory (born Isabella Augusta Persse) was a playwright and folklorist, who along with William Butler Yeats was responsible for the Irish literary revival. Yeats called her 1902 work Cuchulain of Muirthemne “the best book that has ever come out of Ireland.”
Lady Gregory wrote over fifty plays, the most famous of which is probably The Rising of the Moon about the escape of an Irish prisoner. In John Ford’s 1957 movie of the same name, the play featured as one of three short stories.
1895: The Burning of Bridget Cleary
Bridget Cleary is burned to death by her husband Michael who believed her spirit had been taken by bad faeries and replaced with a changeling. The horrific case dominated media in Ireland and UK during the trial. Reports of the incident suggest that her husband (who was sentenced to 15 years for manslaughter) was the one who was not mentally sound shouting “It is not Bridget I am burning” during the horrific incident.
“I saw Cleary throw lamp-oil on her. When she was burning, she turned to me” (imagine that face of woe!) “and called out, ‘Oh, Han, Han!’ I endeavoured to get out for the peelers. My brother William went up into the other room and fell in a weakness, and my mother threw Easter water over him. Bridget Cleary was all this time burning on the hearth, and the house was full of smoke and smell. I had to go up to the room, I could not stand it. Cleary then came up into the room where we were and took away a large sack bag. He said, ‘Hold your tongue, Hannah, it is not Bridget I am burning. You will soon see her go up into the chimney.’ ”
1999: Bruce Springsteen Inducted to Rock n Roll Hall of Fame
Irish American Bruce Springsteen – THE Boss is inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. He was introduced by Bono. Six years later, Springsteen would return the favor when inducting U2 into the Hall of Fame.
Springsteen’s acceptance speech was as one would expect from a master entertainer – entertaining.
To read more about Springsteen and his Irish connection, read
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