Irish Air Ace Tom Hazell. First VC Winner. Rosemary Smith Rally Driver at today in Irish History

August 7: TODAY in Irish History:

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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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1892: Birth of Thomas Falcon Hazell DSO, MC, DFC & Bar in Roundstone Co. Galway.

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Tom Falcon Hazell

Hazell was a fighter pilot with the Royal Flying Corps, (Royal Air Force) downing forty three enemy planes during World War I. He was one of a number of very skilled Irish born air aces of the war including Edward Mannock and George McElroy. He was the only one of the three to survive the war and the most successful air ace to survive the war.




1914: Death of Co. Armagh born Charles Davis Lucas (b. 19 February 1834).

Lewis was the first recipient of the Victoria Cross.

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Charles Davis Lucas

Lucas won the VC for action during the Crimean War when serving with the Royal Navy. The citation reads in part that “at the height of the action a live shell landed on Hecla’s upper deck, with its fuse still hissing. All hands were ordered to fling themselves flat on the deck, but Mr. Lucas with great presence of mind ran forward and hurled the shell into the sea, where it exploded with a tremendous roar before it hit the water. Thanks to Mr. Lucas’s action no one was killed or seriously wounded.”

He would go on to have a very successful career finally retiring as Rear Admiral.

For more on Charles Davis Lucas



1937: Ireland’s most successful female rally driver Rosemary Smith is born in Dublin. Smith’s career included successes in the Circuit of Ireland Rally, East African Rally, Cork 20, Scottish Rally. Smith was controversially disqualified from the 1966 Monte Carlo Rally, after winning the Coupe des Dames, the ladies class.  Smith gives her reasons for the qualification at about 10.46 of this YouTube video at EoinH5 Channel. It is an excellent interview with a very entertaining lady.

Her explanation of why she was prevented from driving in the Le Mans 24 is nothing short of hilarious. Listen at 13.00.


Smith was famous for driving a Hillman Imp.  Click for wonderful Imp Site featuring Rosemary Smith.

For more on Rosemary Smith





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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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