Archive for January, 2014

January 24,

The Great Percy French – Corrupt Justice Minister Ray Burke

January 24: TODAY in Irish History:

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Percy French humorous song writer and painter
Percy French

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1920: Death of Percy French.
Percy French

In both writing and looks, French bore a striking resemblance to Mark Twain. French was one of Ireland’s foremost songwriters and entertainers whose popularity was based on what might today be called “middle of the road” music and some wonderful comic lyrics. He is to Irish music what Mark Twain is to American literature – humorous, insightful and usually leaving you with a smile, maybe the Jimmy Buffet of his time! This YouTube recording of Brendan O’Dowda singing Are You Right There Michael, Are You Right? like much of his work will surely put you in good humor.

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Percy French was also an accomplished painter painting many aspects of the Irish landscape.

In Old Donegal by Percy French
In Old Donegal by Percy French

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For more of Percy French’s work, See Brendan O’Dowda sing Phil the Fluter’s Ball .

Roscommon hosts an annual Percy French Summer School.

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1921:Catholic Church Condemns IRA Attacks

While the War of Indepence was supported (actively or passively) by the majority of Irish, the Catholic church railed against the violence. A letter from the Archbishop of Tuam, Dr. Thomas P Gilmartin is read at masses, following an ambush on English forces near Kilroe, County Galway. “The misguided criminals who fired a few shots from behind a wall ….. have broken the truce of God, they have incurred the guilt of murder… and then having fired their few cowardly shots, they beat a hasty retreat, leaving the unprotected and innocent people at the mercy of uniformed forces.”

Archbishop Gilmartin of Tuam
Archbishop Gilmartin of Tuam

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2005: Former Justice Minister Ray Burke Jailed

Former Justice Minister Ray Burke
Former Justice Minister Ray Burke

Former Fianna Fáil Minister Ray Burke is jailed for six months for tax evasion. Prosecuting authorities found that Burke had failed to fully declare his income over a nine year period.

Burke was a long time ally and close neighbor of the crooked Charlie Haughey and held many senior ministerial positions between 1977 and 1997. He variously was Minister for the Environment, Minister for Energy, Minister for Industry and Commerce and Minister for Justice. Burke was one of a number of Fianna Fáil politicians (most blatantly Haughey) who mysteriously developed substantial wealth during their tenure in power. In 1997, Burke was at the centre of allegations that he had received a IR£80,000 payment from a property developer. Although he denied the allegation, he resigned from the cabinet and the Dáil just four months after he was appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs. In 2002, the Mahon Tribunal found that Burke had received illegal payments to award a radio licence to Century Radio.

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January 23,

Van Morrison Inducted to Rock n Roll Hall of Fame – Norah O’Donnell – Irish Victoria Cross Winner

January 23: 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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1900: Irish Victoria Cross Winner Abraham Boulger

Death of Kildare born Abraham Boulger who won the Victoria Cross for gallantry in the Indian mutiny 1857. .

Lieutenant Colonel Abraham Boulger VC
Lieutenant Colonel Abraham Boulger VC

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Boulger’s VC citation reads: “During the period 12 July to 25 September 1857 in Lucknow, India, Lance-Corporal Boulger distinguished himself in all 12 actions fought by his regiment. He was one of the party which stormed the bridge over the canal on the relief of the Residency and shot a gunner who was in the act of firing a 68-pounder in the face of the British troops. He was also the first man to enter a masked battery. In the subsequent defence of the Residency he was severely wounded.”

At the time of the action, he held the rank of Lance Corporal. After serving for many years as Sergeant-Major he became Quartermaster in 1872. He retired as Lieutenant-Colonel in November, 1887.

Boulger is buried at Ballymore Churchyard,  County Kerry.

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1923:International Reaction to Government Executions

Timothy Smiddy at today in Irish history
Timothy Smiddy was the Free State’s first representative abroad

The Irish government Representative in Washington, Timothy Smiddy wrote to External Affairs minister Desmond Fitzgerald about US concerns re the execution of Anti-Treaty Irregulars, especially the PR fallout if women were to be executed.

“A report given last week to the American papers by Mrs Despard from Paris, (a cutting of which has already been sent to you) stated that, hence forth, women who were found in possession of arms were liable to the death penalty. I enclose another cutting on the same subject.

The women Irregulars here are excited over the announcement and have started activities to incite public opinion against it. Mrs Corliss – a most active Irregular – told Judge Cohalan last Friday over the ‘phone that he would be held as one of those responsible for any execution of women unless he issued at once a statement denouncing such a policy. Naturally, he would do no such thing.

As far as I can gather from conversations with many of our real friends here executions of women – if such be contemplated – would not be good policy from the point of view of sympathy for the Free State in U.S.A.: they would very much deplore it.

In the event of such executions being rendered necessary state as explicitly as possible to the press the real reasons for them. The bare statement ‘in possession of arms’ will give to the Americans a very inadequate impression of the enormity of their deeds.”

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1974: CBS anchor, Norah O’Donnell whose maternal grandparents were as she says “off the boat Irish,” is born in Washington, DC.

CBS Correspondent Norah O'Donnell
Norah O’Donnell

Norah O’Donnell has been included in Irish America Magazine’s top 100 Irish-Americans.

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1993: Van Morrison Inducted to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Belfast Cowboy, Van Morrison is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with such luminaries as Cream, The Doors and Etta James. Inducting him, the Band’s Robbie Robertson said “in the tradition of the great Irish poets and the great soul singers, he is the Caruso of rock and roll.” This “Caruso of rock and roll” and magnificent songwriter is also one of the most curmudgeonly live performers in rock and roll history. The satirical Onion newspaper wrote of him “Morrison deserves a spot in the Rock Hall based on his record-breaking streak of 4,256 consecutive shows performed without cracking a smile,” but as the following video shows, few create better music.

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READ: Robbie Robertson Inducts Van Morrison

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Want to learn more about Ireland? See these images and more in the acclaimed For the Love of Being Irish

Irish gift ideas. Best selling Irish booksRonnie Drew and Luke Kelly - Musical Irish Gifts to the worldJoyce Image in For the Love of Being IrishMichael Collins: Image from For the Love of Being Irish

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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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