The Irish Printer of Declaration of Independence – GAA Founder Michael Cusack

November 27: TODAY in Irish History:

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Printer of Constitution John Dunlap

John Dunlap 1747-1812 printer of constitution

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1812: Death of John Dunlap – Printer of Declaration of Independence and Constitution

Printer of Constitution John Dunlap

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On this day, County Tyrone born John Dunlap dies of apoplexy (stroke). The Library of Congress writes that “Dunlap arrived in Philadelphia in 1757, apprenticed to his uncle to learn the printing trade. In 1768 Dunlap acquired his uncle’s shop, and in 1771 he began publishing a weekly newspaper, The Pennsylvania Packet, or The General Advertiser, which soon became a reliable source of news about the proceedings of the Continental Congress and the progress of the war. By 1784, Dunlap was issuing the Packet as a daily newspaper — the first in the United States.

Although Dunlap did not become the official printer of the Continental Congress until 1778, it was in Dunlap’s shop that the first broadside copies of the Declaration of Independence were printed in July 1776. Continuing to serve the changing needs of the government, Dunlap and his partner David Claypoole printed the Constitution of the United States for use by the Constitutional Convention, and later published it for the first time in the Packet.

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1906: Death of Michael Cusack – GAA Founder

GAA Founder Michael Cusack dies at the age of 59. On November I 1884, Michael Cusack convened the first meeting of the ‘Gaelic Athletic Association for the Preservation and Cultivation of national Pastimes’ in Hayes’s Hotel, Thurles, Co Tipperary. Cusack could never have envisioned that the Gaelic Athletic Association would develop into the largest amateur sports organization in the world. His legacy can be viewed every September when more than 70,000 fans pack into Croke Park to see the All-Ireland Hurling and Football finals.

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Michael Cusack GAA founder citizen in Ulysess
Michael Cusack 1847-1906

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James Joyce biographers believe that “Citizen” in Ulysess is based on Michael Cusack. “The figure seated on a large boulder at the foot of a round tower was that of a broadshouldered deepchested stronglimbed frankeyed redhaired freelyfreckled shaggybearded widemouthed largenosed longheaded deepvoiced barekneed brawnyhanded hairylegged ruddyfaced sinewyarmed hero.”

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