Archive for December, 2013

December 31,

December 31 : 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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1744: Edward Hand is born in County Offaly.

Hand was a soldier, physician, and politician who served in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, rising to the rank of general, and later was a member of several Pennsylvania governmental bodies.

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1775: Death of Irish born Major General Richard Montgomery

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Montgomery was born in Swords, Co. Dublin in 1738. His father, Thomas Montgomery, was a former British Army Officer and a member of the Irish Parliament.

Montgomery originally served in the British Army, but later became a Major General in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. He let the failed 1775 invasion of Canada.

In 1754, he enrolled at Trinity College, Dublin, and two years later joined the British army to fight in the French and Indian War. He steadily rose through the ranks, serving in North America and then the Caribbean.

When the American Revolutionary War broke out, Montgomery took up the Patriot cause, and was elected to the New York Provincial Congress in May 1775. In June 1775, he was commissioned as a Brigadier General in the Continental Army. After Phillip Schuyler became too ill to lead the invasion of Canada, Montgomery took over. He captured Fort St. Johns and then Montreal in November 1775, and then advanced to Quebec City where he joined another force under the command of Benedict Arnold. On December 31, he led an attack on the city, but was killed during the battle.

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READ: Major General Richard Montgomery

 

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Want to learn more about Ireland? See these images and more in the acclaimed 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.

Visit Conor’s YouTube channel IrishmanSpeaks to Laugh and Learn.

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December 30,

Guinness 9,000 Year Lease – The Man Who Got Saddam Hussein – Sean Hannity – Today in Irish History

December 30: TODAY in Irish History:

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For the Love of Being Irish

Page from For the Love of Being Irish: An A-Z of Irish History

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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WATCH: A Short History of Ireland

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1759: Arthur Guinness signs 9,000 year lease

Arthur Guinness signs a 9,000 year lease for St. James Gate brewery to allow him to brew that famous black magical brew that has now become world famous. In For the Love of Being Irish, author Conor Cunneen pays deferential tribute to what many affectionately know as Black Magic.
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Guinness claim the perfect pint should take 119.5 seconds to pour. A long time, but worth the wait as Guinness aficionados will gladly tell you as you will see from this clip.

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1961Sean Hannity Starts Whining!

Conservative commentator and Fox News stalwart Sean Hannity enters the world. Hannity’s grand parents emigrated from Ireland. Both of the major conservative talking heads on the “Fair and balanced” network (Hannity and Bill O’Reilly) are of Irish extraction.

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Irish American commentators Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity
Irish American commentators                                Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity

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2006: Saddam Hussein executed.

The commander of the US forces responsible for the capture of Hussein is Army Col. James Hickey whose parents hail from County Sligo. Hickey’s mother owns The Irish Way gift store in Naperville, IL.

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Bearded Saddam Hussein after capture

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SHEIFGAB! Staying Sane, Motivated and Productive in Job Search.

An insightful, realistic, yet humorous book on the job search process by Today in Irish History Curator Conor Cunneen

Special accessible price for job seekers on Kindle of $2.99

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Want to learn more about Ireland? See these images and more in the acclaimed For the Love of Being Irish

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.

Visit Conor’s YouTube channel IrishmanSpeaks to Laugh and Learn.

Tags: Best Irish Gift, Creative Irish Gift, Unique Irish Gifts, Irish Books, Irish Authors, Today in Irish History TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by IrishmanSpeaks)