Irishman Who Died with Custer – The Black and Tans at Today in Irish History

March 25: TODAY in Irish History:

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Little Big Horn Casualty Myles Keogh

Little Big Horn Casualty Myles Keogh

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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1738: O’Carolan, the Harpist

Turlough O'Carolan

Turlough O’Carolan

Death of Irish harpist and composer Turlough O’Carolan. His wake lasted four days! At age 18, he was blinded by smallpox and took to playing the harp. O’Carolan travelled Ireland most of his life as a wandering minstrel and composer  achieving a level of fame that was unusual for the time. At age fifty he married and fathered seven children. O’Carolan’s most famous work is his Concerto.

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READ: Bio of O’Carolan

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1840: Captain Myles Keogh

Myles Keogh, decorated Irish soldier, veteran of the 1860 Papal War, Civil War and casualty with Custer at the Battle of the Little Big Horn is born in County Carlow.

Irish born Myles Keogh was killed at battle of Little Big Horn

Photo shows Myles Keogh on left.

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1846: Michael Davitt – Irish Land League

Birth of Michael Davitt in County Mayo. Davitt founded the Irish Land League in 1879, a non-violent action group designed to help Irish tenant farmers who effectively had no rights in 19th century Ireland.

Michael Davitt (1846-1906) Irish Land League Founder

The objectives of the Land League were “to bring out a reduction of rack-rents; second, to facilitate the obtaining of the ownership of the soil by the occupiers. That the object of the League can be best attained by promoting organisation among the tenant-farmers; by defending those who may be threatened with eviction for refusing to pay unjust rents; by facilitating the working of the Bright clauses of the Irish Land Act during the winter; and by obtaining such reforms in the laws relating to land as will enable every tenant to become owner of his holding by paying a fair rent for a limited number of years.”

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1920: The first “Black and Tans” arrive in Ireland.

Although they would be operational for less than two years, the “Black and Tans”  would become one of the most reviled names in Irish history. The “Tans” were auxiliary troops recruited specifically for was becoming an increasingly difficult and brutal war in Ireland. The almost exclusively Irish members of the Royal Irish Constabulary were suffering significant casualties from the hands of their fellow countrymen, directed by Michael Collins. The troops were introduced to quell the Irish insurrection. Their method was terror as they rampaged in an undisciplined manner through Ireland.

No self respecting Irishman will drink a “Black and Tan.” 1) Because no one should do anything to Guinness other than consume it. No additives are needed. 2) The emotional revulsion to the “Tans” is too strong.

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READ: Excellent article on the Black and Tans

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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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