Queen Victoria Death – Ireland Joins EC – Actor Charles Kean

January 22: 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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 1868: Death of Waterford born Shakespearean actor Charles Kean

Waterford born Shakespearean actor Charles Kean dies in London aged 57.

Waterford born Charles Kean famous shakespearean actor
Waterford born Charles Kean in 1832 portrayal as Hamlet

Charles Kean was the son of a famous actor of the time, Edmund Kean. Charles was educated at Eton. Charles left school to support his mother after she was deserted by her hard-living husband. After a humiliating début on 10 October 1827 at Drury Lane, London, he worked in the provinces, Holland, Germany, Australia and America, acquiring repute as a meticulous actor, though performing in the shadow of his father’s fame.

He was playing Iago to his father’s Othello in 1833 when the elder Kean collapsed on stage in his final performance. The old man died some days later. Twenty-five years later, Charles Kean died of heart failure. His popularity was such that Queen Victoria penned a personal letter to his wife following his death.

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1901: Death of Queen Victoria, Monarch of Great Britain and Ireland

Queen Victoria dies after a reign which lasted almost 64 years, the longest in British history. Victoria visited Ireland in 1900 to a huge response.

Queen Victoria, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland

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Victoria visited Ireland on three other occasions including a visit to a famine devastated country for eleven days in 1849 to what was also reported as positive response. The horror of the famine was presumably well hidden from a then thirty year old Victoria. She wrote to her uncle Leopold, King of the Belgians during her trip “I ….. tell you that everything has gone off beautifully since we arrived in Ireland, and that our entrance into Dublin was really a magnificent thing. By my letter to Louise you will have heard of our arrival in the Cove of Cork. Our visit to Cork was very successful; the Mayor was knighted on deck (on board the Fairy), like in times of old.Cork is about seventeen miles up the River Lee, which is beautifully wooded and reminds us of Devonshire scenery. We had previously stepped on shore at Cove, a small place, to enable them to call it Queen’s Town; the enthusiasm is immense…”

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Queen Victoria in Ireland 1900

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1972: Ireland Signs Treaty to Join EEC

Jack Lynch, Taoiseach signs the Treaty of Accession ensuring that Ireland would join what was then the European Economic Community, January 1 1973.

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Jack lynch signs EEC Treaty watched by Foreign Affairs Minister Patrick Hillery

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2011: Brian Cowen

Taoiseach Brian Cowen becomes the highest profile casualty of the demise of the Celtic Tiger as he resigns leadership of the Fianna Fail party, although rather amazingly he stays on as Taoiseach until the general election.

Although there is a lot of blame to be spread around, few doubt that the profligate and irresponsible fiscal policies of Fianna Fail laid the minefield that was to destroy the Irish economy.

Brian Cowan
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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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