November 25: 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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1921: Treaty Negotiations
Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith return from London Treaty negotiations to Dail Cabinet where a proposal is passed that becomes the catalyst for the Irish Civil War. “That Ireland shall recognise the British Crown for the purposes of the Association as symbol and accepted head of the combination of Associated States”.
1963: JFK is buried
First Row, L-R: Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy; Senator Edward M. Kennedy.
Second Row, L-R: R. Sargent Shriver, Stephen E. Smith, Secret Service Agent.
Following: Foreign dignitaries, including General Charles de Gaulle, Queen Frederika, Ludwig Erhard, King Baudoin.
2005: Death of George Best.
“With feet as sensitive as a pickpocket’s hands, his control of the ball under the most violent pressure was hypnotic. The bewildering repertoire of feints and swerves… and balance that would have made Isaac Newton decide he might as well have eaten the apple.” Hugh McIlvanney, Observer sportswriter.
The “Belfast Boy” was undoubtedly the finest footballer Ireland has ever produced and probably one of the top ten players ever. In a career and life shortened by the scourge of alcoholism, he was a genuinely loved individual who entranced soccer fans, provided the media with acres of copy over his drinking, love affairs and sometimes irresponsible behavior. He was a lovely man whose only enemy was the alcohol that eventually killed him.
Best was discovered by Manchester United scout Bob Bishop (who also discovered Norman Whiteside). Bishop sent a telegram to United manager Matt Busby stating “I think I’ve discovered a genius.”
The slight, shy Belfast lad made his debut against West Brom in 1963 at the age of 17. Best won two League championship medals and the European Cup (1968) with a Manchester United team that variously included other Irish players including Tony Dunne, Shay Brennan and goalkeeper Pat Dunne.
Unfortunately, Best’s hedonistic life style and poor lifestyle management saw a wonderful footballing genius lose motivation for football.
Best had numerous falling outs with Manchester United before being finally released in January 1974. He played for 11 different clubs in following years including Cork Celtic!
His lifestyle prompted many wonderful stories as when he recalled staying in a five star London hotel, the morning after the night before, lying in bed draped by casino winnings, champagne bottles and a Miss World (literally), the room service staffmember asked “Where did it all go wrong, Mr. Best?” Funny – Yes. Sad – Most definitely.
The footballing genius who didn’t know how to handle fame and was consumed by alcoholism broke many hearts during his lifetime and even spent short period in jail for alcohol related misdemeanors.
His funeral in Belfast drew an estimated 100,000 people
READ: George Best obituary
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