Archive for October, 2013

October 27,

Frederick Douglass in Cork – Siege of Limerick Ends

October 27: TODAY in Irish History:

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Frederick Douglass - circa visit to Ireland

Frederick Douglass – circa visit to Ireland

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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1651: Siege of Limerick ends

After months of siege by Cromwell’s forces under the leadership of his son-in-law Henry Ireton, Limerick finally surrenders.  The garrison was allowed march away to Galway although several of the officers in command were executed. The leader of the defense Hugh Dubh O’Neill was spared because he was a subject of the King of Spain, having been born in Flanders.
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Henry Ireton Cromwell son-in-law

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1845:Frederick Douglass Speaks in Cork

Cork Examiner publishes Frederick Douglass speech on American Prejudice Against Color – an address he delivered to a Cork audience October 23rd – where he encouraged “the intelligence and humanity of the entire people of Ireland against” slavery. 

“In the name of Christianity, I demand that people of these countries be interested in the question of slavery! In vain may the slaveowner tell you it is no concern of yours. Mr. President, it belongs to the whole nation of America; and to the Irishmen, not because they are Irish, but because they are MEN. Slavery is so gigantic that it cannot be coped with by one nation.—Hence I would have the intelligence and humanity of the entire people of Ireland against that infamous system.”

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Frederick Douglass - circa visit to Ireland
Frederick Douglass – circa his visit to Ireland

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READFrederick Douglass’s Irish Liberty at NY Times

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1919: In accordance with a previous Decree of Dail Eireann providing that Teachtai (Members of the Irish Parliament)and officials should swear their allegiance to the Irish Republic the Teachtai and Officials in attendance sign the Oath of Allegiance.

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1982: Three RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary) officers are killed by a bomb which exploded underneath their van as they went to investigate a robbery.

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October 26,

Chile’s Irish Liberator John McKenna – Titanic’s Unsinkable Molly Brown – Tiperary’s Medal of Honor Winner

October 26: TODAY in Irish History:

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chilean patriot Irish born Juan MacKenna

Monaghan-born John (Juan) MacKenna

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1771: John (Juan) MacKenna –Co-Liberator of Chile

Birth of John MacKenna (born McKenna) in County Monaghan.

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Juan MacKenna 1771-1814

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MacKenna, along with first generation Chilean Irishman Bernardo O’Higgins played a pivotal role in securing Chilean independence from Spain. MacKenna left Ireland as an eleven year old for Spain to live with exiled Irish relatives. At age 16 he became a cadet  in the ‘Regiment Irlanda’ ( the Irish Brigade) in the Spanish army.

In 1796, he transferred to South America, becoming friendly with Bernardo O’Higgins. When Chile rebelled against Spanish rule, MacKenna sided with the rebels and is credited with a number of significant victories over the Spanish including a victory over superior forces at Membrillo. After a coup d’état in 1814 he was exiled to Argentina and died in a duel in Buenos Aires.

In 2010, the Irish and Chilean Postal Service jointly issued stamps celebrating MacKenna and O’Higgins

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Juan MacKenna and Bernardo O'Higgins Irish Chilean connection

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READ: Juan MacKenna – Co-Liberator of Chile

http://www.irishidentity.com/geese/stories/djuanmckenna.htm

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READ: Chile’s Irish Patriots

http://www.turtlebunbury.com/history/history_irish/history_irish_chile.htm

Monaghan Museum

In 2010, a replica of the sabre used by General Don Juan MacKenna, was donated to Monaghan County Museum by Chilean Ambassador, CeceliaMcKenna, a direct descendent of MacKenna.

The sabre is currently on display in the museum, and is a welcome addition to the collection, which already includes a bust and a portrait of the General. The original would have been used for ceremonial purposes.

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1862: John J Nolan Sergeant. Medal of Honor

John J Nolan Sergeant, Company K, 8th New Hampshire Infantry is awarded the Medal of Honor for an action that took place at Georgia Landing, La. He entered service at: Nashua, N.H. Born: 24 June 1844, Ireland.

The Citation reads: The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Sergeant John J. Nolan, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 27 October 1862, while serving with Company K, 8th New Hampshire Infantry, in action at Georgia Landing, Louisiana. Although prostrated by a cannon shot, Sergeant Nolan refused to give up the flag which he was carrying as Color Bearer of his regiment and continued to carry it at the head of the regiment throughout the engagement.

SEE: MilitaryTimes.com

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1878: Mayo Tenants Defence Association, the precursor to the Irish Land League holds its first meeting in Castlebar, demanding The Land of Ireland for the people of Ireland.

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1932: The unsinkable Molly Brown

The unsinkable Molly Brown of Titanic fame dies.

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The Unsinkable Molly Brown 1867-1932

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Brown was born to Irish immigrants John and Johanna Tobin in 1867 in Hannibal Missouri (boyhood homoe of Markt Twain.) She became famous for her rescue attempts of passengers during the ill fated Titanic voyage. Man ycritics believed fact and fiction merged in Brown’s telling of the Titanic disaster, but she became extremely well known for her version of events.

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WATCH: A Short History of Ireland

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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.

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