Bloomsday and James Joyce – Galway-born Union General Patrick Kelly

June 16: TODAY in Irish History:

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James Joyce in For the Love of Being Irish

James Joyce in For the Love of Being Irish

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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1864: Colonel Patrick Kelly dies at Petersburg

Tuam Co. Galway born Colonel Patrick Kelly of the Irish Brigade (The Fighting Irish) dies at the Siege of Petersburg while leading the Irish Brigade forward a Confederate position.

Kelly was one of the organizers of The 63rd New York Volunteers, known as the “Third Irish” at the start of the Civil War. He is buried at Calvary Cemetery New York along with fellow Irish officer Michael Corcoran and Dublin born Thomas Corcoran (no relation). Corcoran won the Medal of Honor, for his actions during the Siege of Vicksburg.


READ: Excellent document on Colonel Patrick Kelly


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1904: Bloomsday

(Or any June 16 is) Bloomsday when Leopold Bloom, the main character in James Joyce’s Ulysses takes a long rambling walk around Dublin. Joyce picked this date as it commemorates his first date with his future wife, Nora Barnacle.

In For the Love of Being Irish, author Conor Cunneen writes and reflects on James Joyce (illustration by Mark Anderson)

James Joyce in For the Love of Being Irish

Illustration of James Joyce by Mark Anderson in For the Love of Being Irish

James Joyce for the love of being of Irish

J is for Joyce in For the Love of Being Irish


Ulysses Tip

Ulysses is wonderful writing and well nigh impossible to read! If you wish to get an idea what all the fuss is about, listen to an audio recording of Ulysses by Irish actors Jim Norton and Marcella O’Riordan. It is quite simply wonderful listening (Be warned. It will take a lot of time!)



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