Archive for June, 2013

June 30,

Garret Fitzgerald – Siege of Athlone – Four Courts Abandoned

June 30: TODAY in Irish History:

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Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald

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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1691: Siege of Athlone

Another dark day in Irish military history as Athlone falls to the forces of Protestant King William of Orange who would eventually King of England, Scotland and Ireland. The siege of Athlone was a key conflict in what is known as The Williamite War which was a conflict between the last Catholic King of England, James II and Protestant forces of King William.

The Siege of Athlone

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1798: Death Throes of Rebellion

In what was a relatively small skirmish compared to the mayhem of previous weeks of the 1798 Rebellion, Irish rebels win a small victory against English troops at Ballyellis, Co. Wexford. It would be the last Irish victory in the most violent Irish rebellion in modern history. At least 10,000 died in a campaign that saw appalling atrocities inflicted by English and Irish.

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SEE: MORE ON 1798 REBELLION by Professor Thomas Bartlett, Professor of Modern Irish History at University College Dublin

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READ: The 1798 Rebellion and the Origins of Irish Republicanism.

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1922: Four Courts Abandoned and Destroyed

Anti-Treaty forces abandon The Four Courts in Dublin which was bombarded for two days under the orders of Michael Collins. Tragically, the Irish Public Records Office which housed official documents, archives and artifacts from almost 1,000 years of Irish history was destroyed during the bombing.

Four Courts Dublin on fire

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1981: Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald

Garret Fitzgerald is elected Taoiseach and leader of a minority government composed of Fine Gael and Labour TDs (members of parliament.) Fitzgerald would be in power for only eight months before losing another general election to the charismatic, but crooked and profligate Charles Haughey. A third general election in an 18 month period (December 1982) would see Fitzgerald again in power, a position he held until 1987.

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READ: Garret Fitzgerald biography at UCD.ie

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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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June 29,

O’Donovan Rossa – De Valera in America – U2 Play Croke Park

June 29: TODAY in Irish History:

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Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa

Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks 

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1915: O’Donovan Rossa

Death of Fenian leader and nationalist Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa (b 1831). He won election to the House of Commons for Tipperary in 1869, even though he was serving a life sentence in England for treason for plotting a Fenian rebellion. Released from jail on the understanding he would not return to Ireland, he travelled to the United States with a number of other Fenians who became known as The Cuba Five. He continued to plot activity against England even while in the United States.

O’Donovan Rossa is best remembered in Ireland as a result of Patrick Pearse’s oration at his graveside where the future leader of the 1916 Rising stated: “They think that they have pacified Ireland. They think that they have purchased half of us and intimidated the other half. They think that they have foreseen everything, think that they have provided against everything; but, the fools, the fools, the fools! — They have left us our Fenian dead, and while Ireland holds these graves, Ireland unfree shall never be at peace.”

Fuller version of speech here

See O’Donovan Rossa funeral on YouTube.

Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa 1831-1915

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1919: De Valera in America

Eamonn De Valera makes his first major presentation in the United States at Boston’s Fenway Park to a huge audience. De Valera spent many months in the United States during the War of Independence generating funds for the cause. The official Fianna Fail site states he raised over $5 million.

Huge crowd to see De Valera, Fenway Park Boston

De Valera’s grandson Éamon Ó Cuív, when visiting Boston as Irish Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs in 2011 said “(De Valera) came (to Boston) in 1919 as President of the Republic and, incidentally at that time – a fact that is often forgotten – he was a TD for East Mayo, elected in 1918. When he came here at that time he was looking for recognition of Irish independence….. Sixty-thousand people came to listen to de Valera in Fenway Park and I am sure the ancestors of many people here in this hall tonight were at that occasion.”

Much mystery surrounds De Valera’s entry to America. Month’s previously he had escaped from Lincoln Jail in an episode that even to this day continues to have an element of intrigue and mystery to it.

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1985: U2 Play Croke Park

U2 play Croke Park Dublin for the first time as part of their Unforgettable Fire tour. Support bands included REM!

Below is a page from For the Love of Being Irish – An A-Z of Ireland.

BUY Author signed copies for For the Love of Being Irish HERE.

 

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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.

Visit Conor’s YouTube channel IrishmanSpeaks to Laugh and Learn.

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