Famine Deaths Reported – Conor Cruise O’Brien – Dail Debates

November 3: TODAY in Irish History:

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1846: Cork Examiner Reports on Famine Deaths

“In the letter of an “Out-Door Pauper” from Macroom, will be found the recital of the death at Sleaven, from famine, of a poor woman, returning from the Workhouse, where she and her children had received their daily meal. The Tallow Relief Committee, in a resolution just forwarded to the Lord LIEUTENANT and which we give elsewhere, announce the death of another man, named KEEFFE, of Kilbeg, who also perished for want of food.” Cork Examiner November 3 1846




1917: Conor Cruise O’Brien

Irish politician and author Conor Cruise O’Brien born in Dublin. Known as “The Cruiser,” (although not necessarily to his face,) he authored a biography of Edmund Burke. O’Brien despised Charles Haughey and coined the acronym GUBU (Grotesque, Unbelievable, Bizarre and Unprecedented) to describe Haughey’s behavior.




1920: A violent day in Irish War of Independence with two RIC (Royal Irish Constabulary) officers killed in separate incidents in Tipperary and Sligo.




1943: Query raised in Dail Eireann (Irish Parliament) by Oliver Flanagan about participation in a ‘foreign army,’ i.e. British army

Mr. Flanagan: asked the Minister for Defence if he is aware that it is alleged that certain high officers in the Army have recruited for a foreign army or have sons serving in such army and if he will make a statement in the matter.

Minister tor Defence (Mr. Traynor): I am not aware that it is alleged that certain high officers in the Army have recruited for a foreign army but, if such an allegation has been made, I am satisfied that it is entirely without foundation. I am informed that two sons of Army officers are serving in a foreign army but, as the Deputy is aware, I have no more jurisdiction over Army officers as parents than I have over any other citizen of the State.

Mr. Flanagan: I could furnish the Minister with the names of certain high officers in the Army who have made representations to the British Government to get their sons into the British Army as cadets. When the Irish Army is good enough for the fathers, why is it not good enough for the sons? Will the Minister not take some action in a case of that sort, where you have those men sending their sons to a foreign army?

Mr. Traynor: The information which I have just given the Deputy is the only information available to me.





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