Annie Moore at Ellis Island – RTE Radio – Sean South of Garryowen at Today in Irish History

January 1: TODAY in Irish History:

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Annie Moore statue -Ellis Island

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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1892: Annie Moore and Ellis Island

Annie Moore and siblings statue in Cobh, Co. Cork.

Fourteen year old Annie Moore together with her younger brothers Anthony and Phillip are the first official immigrants to be processed through Ellis Island.  Annie was one of 148 steerage passengers who departed from Queenstown (now Cobh, County Cork, ) on December 20, 1891 aboard the S.S. Nevada arriving in New York on Thursday evening, December 31. They were processed through Ellis Island the following morning. The three young ‘uns were reunited with their parents who were already living in New York.

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Annie Moore Ellis Island
Image thought to be that of Annie Moore and siblings at Ellis Island

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READ: Is this Annie Moore?

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1926: The Forerunner of RTE

2RN, the forerunner of RTE, the Irish national broadcasting service commences broadcasting from a studio at 36 Little Denmark Street. According the RTE website, the station call-sign was apparently originated by the British Post Office, the authority responsible at that time, and the name 2RN was thought to be inspired by the last three syllables of the song title “Come Back To Erin”.

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Douglas Hyde First President of Ireland
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Douglas Hyde, founder of the Gaelic League and who would become the first President of Ireland (1938-1945) officially opened 2RN.

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1957: Sean South of Garryowen

Death of Sean South, IRA volunteer following a raid on  RUC barracks in Brookeborough, County Fermanagh on New Years Day. South became a cult hero primarily thanks to a hagiographic portrayal of him by the Wolfe Tones in the song Sean South of Garryowen.  The real Sean South was a reactionary, conservative Catholic, and member of the ultra right-wing anti-Semitic catholic group Maria Duce.

The IRA ran a poorly implemented “Border Campaign” against “British occupation” of Northern Ireland between 1956-1962. Although not supported by the vast majority of the Irish population, they were often treated with admiration due to a still strong anti-British emotion in the Republic.

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READ: IRA Man’s Death that Captured the Whole Country

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1973: Ireland formally joins the European Economic Community, a move that would revolutionize the Irish economy and Irish society, result in the introduction of the Euro as the official currency, the growth of the Celtic Tiger and ultimately a savage recession that would see Irish unemployment rates jump from 4% to 14% in a four year period.

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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.

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