Death of Cathal Brugha – Pocket Rocket Wayne McCullough – Photographer Fr. Browne at Today in Irish HIstory

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Cathal brugha at Today in Irish History

Cathal Brugha

Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks 

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1816: Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Death of Richard Brinsley Butler Sheridan (born 30 October 1751). The playwright and poet was born in Dublin in 1751.

His plays include the comedy of manners The School for Scandal and The Critic. Sheridan was also a businessman and long-term owner of the London Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and  a Member of Parliament for thirty-two years where referring to an opponent he allegedly said “The Right Honourable Gentleman is indebted to his memory for his jests, and to his imagination for his facts.” Despite an interesting skill set, he died in poverty.

Sheridan is also given credit for  what might be one of the best chat up lines ever. “Won’t you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you.”

Richard Brinsley Sheridan at Today in Irish Historyy
Richard Brinsley Sheridan





1922: Cathal Brugha

Death of anti-Treaty activist Cathal Brugha from wounds sustained two days previously following the destruction of The Four Courts, the first major action in the Irish Civil War. Brugha had long been involved in the Irish nationalist struggle and was badly wounded during the 1916 Rising.

Cathal brugha at Today in Irish History
Cathal brugha

Elected TD for Waterford in the 1918 General Election,Cathal Brugha was Minister for Defence (effectively Chief of Staff of the IRA)  from April 1919 to January 1922. (Sinn Fein refused to recognize the British Parliament and set up a provisional Irish government as the War of Independence raged)  Brugha was elected President of the Republic when the Dail met in 1919 but resigned the position in favour of Eamon de Valera.

During the Treaty debates, his dislike of Michael Collins was obvious a can be seen in the following dramatic clip from Michael Collins




1960: Father Francis Browne

Father Brown


Death of Father Francis Browne, a not very well known but very interesting observer of life via the camera lens. His photographs of the Titanic which he took while on the short trip from Cherbourg to Cork are fascinating historical documents. During World War I, he served as Chaplain to the Irish Guards.


READ: Father Browne on Titanic at Encyclopedia-Titanic


SEE: Large Collection of Browne’s pictures at – Fascinating images of all aspects of Ireland 1920-1940




1970: Wayne McCullough

The “Pocket Rocket” Wayne McCullough

The “Pocket Rocket” Wayne McCullough is born in Belfast. McCullough won the WBC world bantamweight boxing championship beating champion Yasuei Yakushiji in Nagoya, Japan on July 30 1995, a title he defended twice before moving up a weight to fight Super Bantamweight champion Daniel Zaragoza  which he lost by a split decision after which he had a mixed career.

In 2010, McCullough was inducted into World Boxing Council Legends of Boxing





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