The Eureka Rebellion Australia – Bishop of Sioux City – De Valera in America

February 5: TODAY in Irish History:

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Irish born Eureka rebellion leader peter lalor

Peter Lalor – Eureka Rebellion

 

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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1827: Peter Lalor, Leader of Eureka Rebellion

Irish born Eureka rebellion leader peter lalor
Peter Lalor

Peter Lalor, leader of the Eureka Rebellion in Australia is born in Raheen, Co. Laois. Soon after the famine, Lalor emigrated to Australia with two brothers. Lalor along with thousands of others got involved in gold mining, an occupation that often suffered harassment from the authorities. The 1854 Eureka Rebellion occurred (in Lalor’s words to his fiancee) “the diggers … in self-defence, have taken up arms and are resolved to use them … I am one amongst them. You must not be unhappy on this account. I would be unworthy of being called a man, I would be unworthy of myself, and, above all, I would be unworthy of you and of your love, were I base enough to desert my companions in danger’.’

Over 1,500 men took up arms against the authorities who eventuall killed over thirty miners during an attack on their barricades. Lalor, who had been elected leader by the miners, lost an arm during the violence. Once things calmed down Lalor entered politics. He was elected to the legislature in 1856 and held his seat until 1871.

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READ: Biography of Peter Lalor

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1868: Edmund Heelan, Bishop of Sioux City

Edmund Heelan is born in County Limerick. After being ordained to the priesthood in 1890, he emigrated to the United States. In 1920, he succeeded another Irishman, Cork born Philip Joseph Garrigan as Bishop of Sioux City and served until his death in 1948.

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1918: SS Tuscania Torpedoed Off Rathlin Island

SS Tuscania torpedoed off rathlin island
SS Tuscania

The SS Tuscania, a Cunard passenger liner converted for troop use is torpedoed off Rathlin Island, north of Ireland by U-boat 77. The ship was carrying over 2,000 troops heading for the war in Europe. Over 200 people lost their lives.

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1921: De Valera in America

Huge crowd saw De Valera. This is Fenway Park Boston
Huge crowd saw De Valera. This is Fenway Park Boston

In America, De Valera states “The so-called Ulster difficulty is purely artificial as far as Ireland itself is concerned.  It is an accident arising out of the British connection and will disappear with it.” !!!

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1922: Cumann na mBan Rejects Treaty

Cumann na mBan (Irishwomen’s Council) at the behest of Countess Markievicz votes overwhelmingly to reject the Treaty.  During the civil war, over 400 members of the movement were arrested by the Free State Government.

Countess Markievicz
Countess Markievicz

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1941: Snapshot of Life in Ireland.

In the Dail, in response to a question as to  the number of persons in Cork City in receipt of benefit under the Unemployment Assistance Acts,  Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Commerce (Mr. Moylan) responds:

” The number of persons resident in the County Borough of Cork, who were paid unemployment assistance during the week ended 11th January, 1941, at the rates of 23 shillings (about $3), 22 shillings, 20 shillings was as follows:—

Rate per week Number of persons.
23/- 116
22/- 116
20/- 136

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1928: Priest, sociologist and author, Fr. Andrew Greeley is born in Oakpark, Illinois to an Irish family. He authored a number of international best sellers including The Cardinal Sins, a somewhat racy work with sales in excess of three million copies. Greeley died May 29, 2013.

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