Irish Double Medal of Honor Winner – Queen visits “The Real Capital” Cork at Today in Irish History

May 20: TODAY in Irish History:

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Medal of honor recipient John King

Double Medal of Honor winner John King

Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks 

Conor is a Chicago based Motivational Humorous Business Speaker, Author and History buff.




1921: War of Independence

In the War of Independence, the IRA executes two unarmed RIC constables in Longford and two suspected informers in Cork city.

1922: Michael Colllins – Eamonn De Valera Pact

In Dail Eireann, Michael Collins and Eamonn De Valera jointly agree that a general election will take place on June 16th and agreed a complicated pact that candidate numbers would be based on existing pro and anti-Treaty representation in the Dail. In retrospect the agreement that the pro-treaty and anti-treaty factions would fight the general election jointly, and form a coalition government afterwards seems little short of delusional.

Just weeks later, pro and anti-Treaty parties would be in violent conflict


1938: Mayo-born Double of Honor Winner John King

Death of double Medal of Honor recipient John King who was born in Ballinrobe, County Mayo in 1865.

Medal of honor recipient John King
Medal of honor recipient John King

King is one of only 19 people to receive the award twice. His first citation for actions in 1901 reads:

“Rank and organization: Watertender, U.S. Navy. Born: 7 February 1865, Ireland. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 72, 6 December 1901. Second award. Citation: On board the U.S.S. Vicksburg, for heroism in the line of his profession at the time of the accident to the boilers, 29 May 1901.”

Citation two reads:

“G.O. No.: 40, 19 October 1909. Citation: Watertender, serving on board the U.S.S. Salem, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession on the occasion of the accident to one of the boilers of that vessel, 13 September 1909.” See Medal of Honor Recipients.




2011: Queen visits “The Real Capital” – Cork

Queen Elizabeth spends the last of her four days in Ireland visiting Cork where she once again was greeted warmly.


Despite initial concerns concerning security, the visit proved to be a huge success for both countries. The Queen’s apology at Dublin Castle for the treatment her governments meted out to Ireland over many years was received with enormous positive,  emotional response.


REACTION of World Media to Queen Elizabeth Visit


New York Times

The Guardian –  UK



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