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August 6,

Little Phil Sheridan – US General. Broadcaster Gay Byrne on this day in Irish History

August 5: TODAY in Irish History: ** ** ** Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks  Conor is a Chicago based Motivational Humorous Business Speaker, Author and History buff. *********************** *********************** NEW                    NEW Product Details SHEIFGAB! Staying Sane, Motivated and Productive in Job Search. An insightful, realistic, yet humorous book on the job search process by Today in Irish History Curator Conor Cunneen Special accessible price for job seekers on Kindle of $2.99 . shamrockshamrockshamrockshamrockshamrockshamrockshamrockshamrock . 1888: Death due to a massive heart attack of General Philip Sheridan. Sheridan’s parents John and Mary Meenagh Sheridan had emmigrated from County Cavan. Sheridan’s diminutive stature of 5 feet five inches earned him the nickname “Little Phil.) He was involved in the Battle of Perryville, Chickamauga and participated in the Chatanooga and Appotamatox campaigns. .

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. Below: Portrayal of a mournful Philip Sheridan in John Ford’s Rio Grande . In his wonderful memoir, Ulysses S. Grant writes of Sheridan: “Sheridan was a first lieutenant in the regiment in which I had served eleven years, the 4th infantry, and stationed on the Pacific coast when the war broke out. He was promoted to a captaincy in May, 1861, and before the close of the year managed in some way, I do not know how, to get East. He went to Missouri. Halleck had known him as a very successful young officer in managing campaigns against the Indians on the Pacific coast, and appointed him acting-quartermaster in south-west Missouri. There was no difficulty in getting supplies forward while Sheridan served in that capacity; but he got into difficulty with his immediate superiors because of his stringent rules for preventing the use of public transportation for private purposes. He asked to be relieved from further duty in the capacity in which he was engaged and his request was granted. When General Halleck took the field in April, 1862, Sheridan was assigned to duty on his staff. During the advance on Corinth a vacancy occurred in the colonelcy of the 2d Michigan cavalry. Governor Blair, of Michigan, telegraphed General Halleck asking him to suggest the name of a professional soldier for the vacancy, saying he would appoint a good man without reference to his State. Sheridan was named; and was so conspicuously efficient that when Corinth was reached he was assigned to command a cavalry brigade in the Army of the Mississippi. He was in command at Booneville on the 1st of July with two small regiments, when he was attacked by a force full three times as numerous as his own. By very skilful manoeuvres and boldness of attack he completely routed the enemy. For this he was made a brigadier-general and became a conspicuous figure in the army about Corinth.” Sheridan continued in the military following the civil war and proved a brutally effective officer during the Indian Wars allowing Native Americans little or no quarter. He was appointed Commanding General of the United States Army in 1883. . shamrockshamrockshamrockshamrockshamrockshamrockshamrockshamrock . 1934: Birth of TV presenter and host of The Late Late Show – Gay Byrne. Byrne dominated the Irish radio and TV landscape between the 1960s-90s. He was a consummate broadcaster who had the unique ability to be consoling, interesting, inquisitive and generally likeable, all at the same time. Social historians credit his early years as host of The Late Late Show as one of the catalysts which brought Ireland out of the conservative, tradition bound aura of De Valera and Archbishop McQuaid to a more inclusive and modern society. Byrne hosted The Late Late Show which debuted in 1962 for an amazing 37 years, finally handing over the microphone in 1999. On his final show, the President of Ireland addressed the man who was the longest serving host of a chat show in the world saying “You’ve entertained us, you’ve educated us, you’ve exasperated us. What more could anyone ask over 37 years?” Conservative Ireland of 1960’s can best be recalled via the infamous “Bishop and the nightie” show.  Byrne interviewed an audience couple, good-naturedly asking a middle aged couple some questions about their wedding and what she had worn on her wedding night! When the woman responded “nothing,” the wrath of Catholic Ireland came down on the show with the Bishop of Clonfert publicly condemning the show’s content, supported by some politicians. Although not specifically related to this incident, Fine Gael TD Oliver Flanagan is famous for allegedly saying “There was no sex in Ireland before TV!” See The Bishop and the Nightie. Below is a video clip of Gay Byrne interviewing then EU Commissioner Padraig Flynn. Here you can see Byrne’s subtle, conversational style. This interview is pivotal in Irish politics as Padraig Flynn made a number of comments which forced the government to start a tribunal on political corruption. Flynn, like many other senior politicians did not come out of the Mahon Tribunal well. He was found to have “wrongly and corruptly” sought IR£50,000 from a property developer for the Fianna Fail party which he then pocketed for his own use. Flynn rejected the findings of the Tribunal as have all Fianna Fail politicians cited. . . shamrockshamrockshamrockshamrockshamrockshamrockshamrockshamrock . WATCH: A Short History of Ireland Want to learn more about Ireland? See these images and more in the acclaimed For the Love of Being Irish Irish gift ideas. Best selling Irish booksRonnie Drew and Luke Kelly - Musical Irish Gifts to the worldJoyce Image in For the Love of Being IrishMichael Collins: Image from For the Love of Being Irish ___________________________________ 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. Tags: Best Irish Gift, Creative Irish Gift, Unique Irish Gifts, Irish Books, Irish Authors, Today in Irish History TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by IrishmanSpeaks)    

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August 6,

Swimmer Michelle De Bruin Banned. Daniel O’Connell – The Great Emancipator on this day in Irish History.

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1775: Daniel O’Connell

Daniel O’Connell is born in Cahirciveen, Co Kerry. O’Connell would go on to be one of the most important figures in Irish political and Catholic civil rights history. In 1829, the Roman Catholic Daniel O’Connell appeared in the House of Commons to take his seat as newly elected MP for Clare and refused to take the Oath of Supremacy which included  “the sacrifice of the Mass, and the invocation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and other saints, as now practiced in the Church of Rome, are impious and idolatrous;” and to deny the position of the Pope. O’Connell refused the oath stating “I decline, Mr. Clerk, to take this oath: part of it I know to be false; another part I believe not to be true.”

O’Connell was a rock star politician and fine orator who drew huge crowds. His actions and the concerns of the Prime Minister Duke of Wellington (born Dublin 1769) that continued refusal to provide the vote to Catholics would generate further unrest ensured the passing of the Catholic Emancipation Act. O’Connell’s popularity apparently had King George IV complaining “‘O’Connell! God damn the scoundrel.’ Oh, the duke of Wellington is king of England, O’Connell is king of Ireland and I suppose I am only considered as dean of Windsor’.

Daniel O’Connell originally won a by-election in County Clare in 1828 defeating William Vesey Fitzgerald. but was not allowed take his seat refusing to swear an Oath of Supremacy that was incompatible with his Catholic faith.

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Daniel O’Connell 1775-1847

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1998: Michelle de Bruin is banned

Irish swimmer Michelle de Bruin is banned for four years after being found guilty of tampering with a drug test.

De Bruin had been the golden girl of Irish swimming, winning three Olympic medals at the 1996 games in Atlanta. Her performances in Atlanta gave rise to much muted comment about a dramatic improvement in her times. US swimmer Janet Evans was more vocal stating at one press conference  stating that the Irish swimmer’s performance was “questionable and suspicious.” Supporters decried the comments as jealousy. At the same time, the Irish media did not cover itself in glory with the national broadcaster RTE apparently decreeing that comment about possible drug taking should be not be referenced by commentators.  See swimmer Gary O’Toole’s comments.

The ban arose from a drugs test in January 1998 at her home as part of the out-of-competition doping control programme run by FINA – the world governing body of swimming.  FINA said her urine sample showed  “unequivocal signs of adulteration” and had an alcohol content (to mask drug taking) that was “compatible with physical manipulation”.

De Bruin’s Dutch husband, discuss thrower Erik had previously been banned for drug taking

De Bruin won gold in the 400m individual medley, 400m freestyle and the 200m individual medley and bronze in the 200m butterfly event. She was not stripped of her medals and today remains Ireland’s most successful Olympian. She has always denied taking performance enhancing drugs.

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WATCH: A Short History of Ireland

Want to learn more about Ireland? See these images and more in the acclaimed For the Love of Being Irish

Irish gift ideas. Best selling Irish booksRonnie Drew and Luke Kelly - Musical Irish Gifts to the worldJoyce Image in For the Love of Being IrishMichael Collins: Image from For the Love of Being Irish

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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.

Tags: Best Irish Gift, Creative Irish Gift, Unique Irish Gifts, Irish Books, Irish Authors, Today in Irish History TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by IrishmanSpeaks)