December 17: 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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1920: IRA Violence Continues
The IRA kill a twenty three year old RIC Inspector Phillip O’Sullivan in Dublin while he is walking with his fiancee. O’Sullivan was from Michael Collins’ County Cork. In his book The Squad: and the Intelligence Operations of Michael Collins, historian T. Ryle Dwyer states that O’Sullivan’s fiancee was warned prior to the incident, “You are walking out with a Black and Tan. Beware.”
1922: British Troops Leave Ireland
Last British troops leave the twenty six counties of the Irish Free State. It appears to have been a friendly farewell, even while Ireland was embroiled in its own civil war. Reuters reported
“Remarkable scenes marked the com- pletion of the evacuation of Dublin and the transfer of the remaining barracks and posts. Dense cheering crowd3 lined the streets when tbe lost four British regiments, numbering; between 3000 and 4000 men, marched past General Maoready. The British troops . were literally buried beneath an avalanche of tender farewells, hundreds of girls rushing ont and kissing the soldiers. Out of the crowd waved miniature Union Jack, while many shouted “Come back again.” The Irish Free State Commander-in Chief, General Mulcahy, attended the transfer,, and reviewed the Free State garrison. The last trooper sailed to the strains of “Auld Lang Syne” and “Let Erin Remember.”
1945: Hardball presenter Chris Matthews
- Chris Matthews
Hardball presenter and unfailingly enthusiastic political commentator Chris Matthews is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Irish American parents. Prior to entering media circles, Matthews worked in the Carter administration and as aide to Speaker of the House of Representatives Tip O’Neill whose grandfather hailed from Mallow, Co. Cork. Matthews latest book Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero about his own personal hero has received generally favorable reviews.
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