Ronnie Delaney Wins Gold – Gilbert O’Sullivan – Dr. Pat O’Callaghan Ireland’s First Olympic Gold Medalist

December 1: TODAY in Irish History:

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Ronnie Delaney Secures a Famous Victory

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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1494: Poyning’s Law

English hegemony is extended in Ireland with the advent of Poynings’ Law passed by the Irish Parliament at Drogheda. The Lord Deputy of Ireland Sir Edward Poynings declared that the Parliament of Ireland was to be subject to the authority of the English Parliament. This was effectively the formal start of direct English rule of Ireland.

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1921: Treaty Negotiations Continue in London

British negotiators present proposals to Irish team that would ultimately form basis for the Anglo-Irish treaty that would see Ireland partitioned and a dreadful civil war ensue.

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Michael Collins in London for Treaty Negotiations

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1946: Gilbert O’Sullivan born in Waterford.

Singer / Songwriter and very successful 70’s pop star Gilbert (Raymond) O’Sullivan is born in Waterford. O’Sullivan’ s quirky image combined with an ability to write catchy pop songs generated some hugely successful singles including Nothing Rhymed, Clair and his biggest success Alone Again (Naturally) which was top of the Billboard charts for six weeks in 1972.

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1956: Ronnie Delany wins Olympic 1500 meter Gold at Melbourne Olympics

READ: Ronnie Delany Bio

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1991: Death of Dr. PAT O’CALLAGHAN – Ireland’s First Olympic Gold Medalist

Pat O’Callaghan was born near Kanturk, Co. Cork. Twenty three years later, Dr. Pat O’Callaghan would become a national hero winning the first ever Olympic gold medal for the Independent Ireland in the Hammer Throw competition at the Amsterdam Olympics. O’Callaghan had to pay his own fare from Ireland to compete! He repeated the gold medal in Los Angeles in 1932.

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Hammer Thrower Pat O’Callaghan 1905-1991

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O’Callaghan spent a number of years in the US after winning his second gold medal. His high public profile with Irish America ensured a number of unique offers including movies and wrestling. He returned to Ireland in the late 30s and pursued a distinguished medical career.

READDr. Pat O’Callaghan profile at Sport-Reference.com

The following interesting articles on O’Callaghan each offer different birth days for a man who helped generate strong positive international profile for Ireland

READ: Pat O’Callaghan at Tipperary Athletic  (Hover over image to enlarge for reading)

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READDr. Pat: The Boy from Duhallow

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