March 16: 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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1865: Patsy Donovan – The Man who discovered Babe Ruth
Baseball player Patsy Donovan is born in Cobh (then Queenstown) Co. Cork. Donovan played major league baseball for a number of teams including the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals between 1892-1903 consistently hitting .300. He managed the Boston Red Sox seasons 1910 and 1911. Donovan persuaded the Red Sox to sign an up and coming player named George Ruth in 1914.
Read bio of Donovan at Society of American Baseball Research.
1919: Robert Barton – Jail Escape
Sinn Fein member Robert Barton escapes from Mountjoy Jail, courtesy of some excellent planning by Michael Collins which involved smuggling a file into the prison. Barton had been a British (yes, British) army officer, stationed with the Dublin Fusiliers in Ireland during the 1916 Rising. Following the execution of the 1916 leaders, he resigned his post and joined the nationalist movement. Apparently, a man with a sense of humor, he left a note for the Mountjoy governor stating that the accommodation was not to his liking!
Barton accompanied Collins to London for the treaty negotiations.
1922: De Valera Threatens Civil War.
Speaking in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, Eamonn De Valera states that if the Treaty is accepted, there will be civil war. Unfortunately he was right.
1988: Loyalist Attack at Funeral
Loyalist gunman Michael Stone kills three people at a funeral for IRA members ( Mairead Farrell, 31, Daniel McCann, 30, and Sean Savage, 23,) who were shot in Gibraltar by SAS undercover troops. Stone wanted to kill Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams and others whom he believed to be members of the IRA. He claimed the attack was in retaliation for the IRA bomb in Enniskillen on Remembrance Day which killed 11. The events of this day would have horrible repercussions some days later.
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