SAS Founder Paddy Mayne – Sinn Fein Split at 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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 1915: SAS Founding Member Paddy Payne

Irish rugby international and founding member of the SAS (Special Air Service) Paddy Mayne is born in Newtownards. He gained his first cap for Ireland in 1937 against Wales and went on to take part in the British and Irish Lions rugby tour of South Africa in 1938. Mayne was an “interesting” character with a notoriously short temper. During the 1938 Lions tour it is said that Mayne relaxed by “wrecking hotels and fighting dockers”.

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Paddy Mayne Rugby International and SAS Founder
Paddy Mayne in SAS, 1942

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Mayne was one of the most highly decorated Allied soldiers of the second world war winning winning four Distinguished Service Orders, the Legion d’Honneur and the Croix de Guerre. An absolute maverick who fought not just the enemy but friends also, the fact that he was not awarded the Victoria Cross for valour is often put down to his rebellious manner. He died in 1955 in a car accident.

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READ: Bio of Paddy Mayne

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1939: Irish National Teachers Organization calls for lifting of ban preventing married women from teaching.

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1970: Sinn Fein Split

At Sinn Féin Ard Fheis (party conference) held in Dublin, the party split between those who were in favour of ending the policy of abstentionism – of not taking any parliamentary seats in Ireland or Britain and those where against.

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