Bono Enters the World – Tyrone Born Senator James Shields at Today in Irish History

May 10: 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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1810: Tyrone-born Senator James Shields 

James Shields is born in County Tyrone.  He emigrated to the United States about 1826. The Democrat Shields served as a U.S. Senator for three different states: Illinois, Minnesota and Missouri. In addition to his political career, he also fought in the Mexican-American War and also the Civil War where he led the 2nd Division of the V Corps, Army of the Potomac.

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Senator James Shields
Senator James Shields 1810-1879

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READ: Congressional Bio of James Shields

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1886: General Richard James Mulcahy

Richard Mulcahy (d. 1971) is born in Waterford.  Mulcahy played a critical role during the War of Independence and the Civil War. He fought in the 1916 Easter Rising, served as Chief of Staff of the Irish Republican Army during the War of Independence and became commander of the pro-treaty forces in the Irish Civil War after the death of Michael Collins. He was a brutally effective leader. His order that anti-Treaty rebels be executed  (many of whom fought with him during the War of Independence) provoked bitter emotions, but hastened the end of the Civil War. After the Civil War, he was a prominent member of Fine Gael, leading the party between 1944-1948. He was Minister for Education 1948-1951.

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Michael Collins with Richard Mulcahy
Michael Collins (center) with Richard Mulcahy at funeral of Arthur Griffith

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LISTEN: RTE Documentary on Richard Mulcahy

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1960: It’s a Beautiful Day – Bono Enters the World

Bono (Paul Hewson)

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Paul Hewson – Bono is born in Dublin. The U2 frontman and human rights activist started the band with three school friends, Adam Clayton, Dave (Edge) Evans and Larry Mullen. Bono’s effervescent personality and his songwriting partnership with guitarist Edge has made U2 one of the most successful bands in Rock history selling more than 100 million records worldwide.

His efforts to alleviate poverty and AIDS in Africa win him worldwide acclaim and audiences with the likes of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, the Pope, Nelson Mandela. He has been particularly astute in maintaining good relations with both sides of the political divide in US politics.

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Nelson Mandela and Bono

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1972: Ireland Votes to Join European Union

Constitutional amendment is passed by public vote approving Ireland’s entry into the EU (then EEC – European Economic Community.)  The previous January, Taoiseach Jack Lynch signed  signed the Treaty of Accession ensuring that Ireland would join (after voter approval) what was then the European Economic Community.

Jack lynch signs EEC Treaty
Jack lynch signs EEC Treaty watched by Foreign Affairs Minister Patrick Hillery

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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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