Liam Clancy of Clancy Brothers Fame – World War II Emergency

September 2: TODAY in Irish History:

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Liam Clancy

Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks 

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1935: Musician Liam Clancy

Birth of Liam Clancy of The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem fame.  The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem shot to fame after appearing on and his brothers on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1961. Scheduled to perform two songs, they were forced to extend their appearance when the show’s headliner canceled. The following year they sold out audience.



After the Clancy brothers stopped touring / broke up, Liam and Tommy Makem commenced touring as Makem and Clancy became a hugely suffesful duo winning world wide acclaim for their mixture of Irish and international folk songs.

Bob Dylan was a huge fan of the soft spoken Clancy, In a 1990’s interview he said, “I never heard a singer as good. He was just the best ballad singer I ever heard in my life. Still is, probably. I can’t think of anyone who is a better ballad singer.”
Maybe Liam Clancy’s finest song and one that highlights what Dylan speaks about is And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda, a beautiful poignant song by Scotsman Eric Bogle. Although the song is about the slaughter of Australians at Suvla Bay, the actual landing was done by the 10th (Irish) Division who suffered enormous casualties on August 7th 1915.





1939: The Emergency

Irish government under Eamonn De Valera declares an official State of Emergency. Generally referred to as “The Emergency,” it provided for sweeping powers for the government during the duration of World War II when Ireland maintained a neutral stance. Ironically, the legislation had the greatest impact on De Valera’s former colleagues who were still in the IRA (and now involved in violent acts against his government.)
An estimated 2,000 IRA men were interned in the Curragh Camp during the duration of the war.




1951: Tipperary Win All Ireland Hurling Final

Tipperary soundly defeat Wexford in front of 70.000 fans at Croke Park, 7-7 to 3-3




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