Archive for January, 2014

January 26,

The Playboy of the Western World – Sean MacBride – Irish Holocaust Memorial

January 26: TODAY in Irish History:

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Sean MacBride

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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1904: Sean MacBride is born in Paris

Macbride was the son of executed 1916 leader Major John MacBride and Maud Gonne, the love of William Butler Yeats’ life. Macbride’s illustrious history included fighting in the Irish War of Independence, siding with Anti-Treaty forces in the Irish Civil War before going on to become an acclaimed international jurist and advocate for peace. MacBride was a co-founder of Amnesty International, Secretary-General of the International Commission of Jurists, and UN Commissioner for Namibia.  He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1974.

Sean MacBride
Sean MacBride

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READ: Sean MacBride’s Nobel Peace Prize speech

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1907: Playboy of the Western World Opens

actors Sara Allgood ("Widow Quinn") and J. M. Kerrigan ("Shawn Keogh"), in The Playboy of the Western World, Plymouth Theatre, Boston, 1911
actors Sara Allgood (“Widow Quinn”) and J. M. Kerrigan (“Shawn Keogh”), in The Playboy of the Western World, Plymouth Theatre, Boston, 1911

John Millington Synge’s Playboy of the Western World opens at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin to riots, literally! What happened is best described by two telegrams Yeats (a founder of the Abbey) received while he was in Aberdeen from a fellow Abbey supporter Lady Gregory. Telegram one read “Play a great success.” Two acts later, she updated the great poet, “Play broke up in disorder at the word ‘shift’,” (Yes, they rioted over the mention of a piece of lady’s underwear)  riots  which the Irish Independent deemed “a tribute to the good taste and common sense of the audience”.

The offending sentence spoken by Christy, the eponymous Playboy of the Western world was “It’s Pegeen I’m seeking only, and what’d I care if you brought me a drift of chosen females, standing in their shifts itself, maybe, from this place to the Eastern World?”

Many years later, William Butler Yeats would berate Irish society when commenting on another set of riots that occurred after the opening of Sean O’Casey’s  The Plough and the Stars in 1926. “You have disgraced yourselves again. Is this to be an ever-recurring celebration of the arrival of Irish genius? Synge first and then O’Casey?

Synge died at the tragically young age of thirty-seven from cancer.

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2003: Holocaust Memorial Day – Government Apology

The first Holocaust Memorial Day is held in Ireland. Justice Minister Michael McDowell apologized for an Irish wartime policy that was inspired by “a culture of muted anti-semitism in Ireland.” He said that “at an official level the Irish state was at best coldly polite and behind closed doors antipathetic, hostile and unfeeling toward the Jews”.

The Stephen Roth Institute suggests “only 30 Jews were given asylum before the war, none during it, and only a handful afterwards.”

Although not directly related, one of the less savory incidents in Irish diplomatic history occurred May 2nd 1945, when Taoiseach Eamonn De Valera called on Dr. Hempel, the German minister in Dublin,to express his condolences on the death of Hitler. De Valera justified it stating it was normal diplomatic etiquette for a neutral state, as he stated in a letter to the Irish envoy in Washington: “So long as we retained our diplomatic relations with Germany, to have failed to call upon the German representative would have been an act of unpardonable discourtesy to the German nation and to Dr Hempel himself.”

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READ: Ireland and the Jewish Community

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January 25,

Fascinating insight into 1916 Rising – Cork-born – Painter Daniel Maclise

January 25: TODAY in Irish History:

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Daniel Maclise 1806-1870

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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1533: King Henry VIII, Lord of Ireland gets hitched

Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn
Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

England’s King Henry VIII, Lord of Ireland and self declared King of Ireland (1541) marries Anne Boleyn after divorcing Catherine of Aragon.

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1806: Painter and illustrator Daniel Maclise is born in Cork.

Maclise lived much of his life in London, but retained a strong attachment to his homeland, often romanticizing it in his work. He was a good friend of Charles Dickens and painted a number of portraits of the great author. Maclise also provided illustrations for The Old Curiosity Shop by Dickens.

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Portrait of Charles Dickens by Daniel Maclise
Portrait of Charles Dickens by Daniel Maclise

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Daniel Maclise’s portrayal of The Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife is on display in the Crawford Gallery in Cork.

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1877: Canon Patrick Murphy and the alcohol free 1916 Rising in Wexford

Canon Patrick Murphy is born in Whitehill, Kilmore, County Wexford. Murphy is a little know figure in Irish history, but he provided a truly fascinating oral account of the 1916 Rising in Enniscorthy in an interview in 1955.

“Commandant Galligan arrived from Dublin with instructions from James Connolly that the Enniscorthy Volunteers were to take over the Railway so as to prevent reinforcements reaching Dublin through Rosslare. ………… 

Early on Thursday morning an order was issued closing all public houses with the result that during the four days of Republican rule not a single person was under the influence of drink. On the same morning the Railway Station was taken over and a train on the way to Arklow was held to be used in case of emergencies………….

Rumours of an attack on Enniscorthy. By the end of the week about 2,000 English troops from the Curragh and lsewhere had assembled in Wexford town. They were under the commandof Colonel French, a Wexford man, who happened to be on furlough at the time.”

The attack on Enniscorthy did not take place as the rebels surrendered after hearing of the outcome in Dublin, but not until they were allowed send a deputation to see rebel leader Patrick Pearse in Kilmainham Jail, Dublin.

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READ: Statement by Canon Patrick Murphy

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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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