Archive for February, 2014

February 18,

Dubliners Ciaran Bourke – Roscommon Born Medal of Honor Winner

February 18: TODAY in Irish History:

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Ciaran Bourke

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1516: Mary, Queen of England and Ireland is born

She was daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Arragon. She reigned from 1553-1558 during which she restored Catholicism as the official religion, putting numerous dissenters (i.e. Protestants) to the stake which earned her the title “Bloody Mary.”

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1817: Confederate General Walter Paye Lane is born in County Cork. 

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Walter Paye Lane 

Lane’s family emigrated when he was four. He eventually settled in Texas and became a strong proponent of secession. Prior to the Civil War, he fought with distinction in the Mexican War.

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READ: Biography of Walter Paye Lane at Texas State Historical Association

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1861: Timothy Francis Quinlan

Timothy Francis Quinlan is born in County Tipperary. His family emigrated to Australia when he was two. Quinlan would become immensely wealthy and also be Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia.

Timothy Francis Quinlan

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1882: Northern Ireland plays its first international soccer game against England losing by a record score of 13-0. Ouch!

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1917: Death of Roscommon Born Brigadier General James Rowan O’Beirne

James Rowan O'Beirne
James Rowan O’Beirne

County Roscommon born Civil  war veteran James Rowan O’Beirne dies at age seventy three. O’Beirne rose to the rank of Brigadier General and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for having “gallantly maintained the line of battle until ordered to fall back” at Fair Oaks, Va., May 31-June 1, 1862.

O’Beirne was a major player in the pursuit of Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth.

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James Rowan O'Beirne during Civil War
James Rowan O’Beirne during Civil War

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READ: James Rowan O’Beirne and the Search for Lincoln’s Assassin

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1935: Ciaran Bourke of the Dubliners fame is born in Dublin.

Ciaran Bourke
Ciaran Bourke

Bourke was a member of the Dubliners from 1962 until he suffered a brain aneurysm in 1974.

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READ: Biography of Ciaran Bourke at It’s the Dubliners

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1948Fianna Fail Ousted from Government

Following the general election, Eamonn De Valera’s Fianna Fail is ousted from power for the first time in 16 years. John A. Costello is elected Taoiseach of a coalition government.

Taoiseach John A. Costello

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February 17,

Daniel O’Connell on the Famine – La Mon Restaurant Massacre – Brenda Fricker

February 17: TODAY in Irish History:

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 1846: Daniel O’Connell speaks about the Famine

In the House of Commons, Daniel O’Connell warns about the dangers of famine. “It was certain that there was a fearful prospect of a most calamitous season before the people of Ireland. The extent of that calamity had been disputed, and there had been a time when there was a prospect of some portion of it being possibly averted……….. The calamity was pressing, was imminent—more pressing, more imminent, and more fearful than that House was aware of. In order to understand it, it was right that the House should be made aware of the state of Ireland before the calamity, had impended.”

The level of poverty in Ireland was evidenced by further comments from O’Connell, “The last Population Returns of 1841 showed that, out of the whole rural population of Ireland, 46 per cent lived in a single room; the entire human family and the pigs occupied the same apartment together. The next fact was, that of the civil population—that is, of the inhabitants of towns—36 per cent lived in a single room, and that two or three families sometimes occupied the same room.”

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Daniel O’Connell 1775-1847

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1945Academy award winning actress Brenda Fricker

Brenda Fricker with Oscar
Brenda Fricker with Oscar

Brenda Fricker is born in Dublin. Fricker won the 1989 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Christy Brown’s mother in My Left Foot.  The movie was a triumph for Irish film making. Daniel Day Lewis won best actor for his portrayal of the disabled Brown while director Jim Sheridan received numerous Best Director nominations at various film festivals.

BRENDA FRICKER’S OSCAR WINNING PERFORMANCE

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1978: La Mon Hotel Bombing – IRA Bomb Kills Twelve Protestants

In one of the worst atrocities of the Northern Ireland conflict, the IRA plants an incendiary device at the La Mon House Hotel near Belfast killing twelve civilians (all Protestants) and seriously injuring more than twenty others. At the time, the IRA had a policy of bombing commercial premises with loyalist / unionist affiliation and in general providing “adequate” warning.  In the La Mon incident, only nine minutes warning was provided  where patrons were enjoying the annual dinner dance of the Irish Collie Club. Gasoline canisters ignited by a small bomb caused an immediate fireball, burning many people beyond recognition. The following day the IRA  “apologized” for the deaths.

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Inquiry Call into La Mon Bombing

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La Mon Massacre Documentary

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Want to learn more about Ireland? See these images and more in the acclaimed 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.

Tags: Best Irish Gift, Creative Irish Gift, Unique Irish Gifts, Irish Books, Irish Authors, Today in Irish History TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by IrishmanSpeaks)