Sligo-born Union Hero Michael Corcoran – Ireland 2 England 0 – George Clooney

September 21: TODAY in Irish History:

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General Michael Corcoran

Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks 

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1827: Sligo born General Michael Corcoran – Union Hero

Civil War General Michael Corcoran is born in Ballymote, Co. Sligo.  Corcoran emigrated to the United States in his early twenties and shortly after joined the military as a private. By the onset of the Civil War, he was a Colonel about to face court martial!

Sligo born Michael Corcoran

In Ireland and USA, Corcoran was virulently anti-English. When ordered to parade his command for the visiting Prince of Wales, he refused which is not too surprising given that he has seen many of the horrors of the potato famine. As a result of this refusal, he was relieved of his command and faced a court-martiall. The commencement of the Civil War saved his military career and the court-martial was never proceeded with.

READ: New York Times article on Court-martial of Colonel Michael Corcoran

Corcoran fought in numerous campaigns with The Irish Brigade under the command of the legendary Thomas Francis Meagher. At the Battle of Bull Run, he may well have come in direct conflict with another West of Ireland man Galway-born Colonel Patrick Moore who commanded the 1st Virginia Regiment.


Brigadier Michael Corcoran 69th_New_York_Militia
Sligo Born Brigadier Michael Corcoran on left with 69th_New_York_Militia


Corcoran was killed, age 36, in December 1863 when his horse stumbled and fell on him.


READIrish Brigade at First Battle of Bull Run




1949: IRELAND Beats England in Soccer

Ireland’s soccer team beat England 2-0 at Goodison Park. Liverpool. This is first time an English soccer team was beaten at home. Ireland’s goals were scored by Con Martin and Peter Farrell. The team was captained by Manchester United legend Johnny Carey.



RTE Documentary on Ireland 2 – England 0




1985: GEORGE CLOONEY: The Irish Laddie!

George Clooney makes his first appearance in the TV Series The Facts of Life. Clooney’s paternal ancestors emigrated from Co. Kilkenny.

READThe Truth About George Clooney’s Roots





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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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