Archive for February, 2014

February 16,

Irish Nationalist John Mitchel – SAS Ambush – 1932 Fianna Fail Gain Power

February 16: TODAY in Irish History:

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John MItchel - Irish Nationalist

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1875: Irish Nationalist John Mitchell

John MItchel - Irish Nationalist
John MItchel – Irish Nationalist

John Mitchell returns from America one day after being elected MP for Tipperary. His election was deemed invalid as he was a convicted felon for his activities with the Young Ireland movement. In poor health, he would die weeks later on March 20th

Mitchel wrote for The Nation and was founder of The United Irishman newspaper which openly preached rebellion against England returns to Ireland. Convicted of treason in 1848, Mitchel was sentenced to fourteen years’ transportation in Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania.) In 1853, he escaped to America, where he published his Jail Journal.

While in America, he was editor of the Richmond Examiner and a strong advocate of Confederate rights. He was imprisoned for several months after the Civil War ended. His return to Ireland, evoked huge enthusiasm amongst an Irish population devastated by the Famine and emigration

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1890: Scientist Sir Robert John Kane

Death of Dublin born scientist Sir Robert John Kane age eighty. In a distinguished career, he founded the Dublin Journal of Medical Science, was Vice-Chancellor of Royal University of Ireland  and was director of  Museum of Irish Industry.

Sir Robert John Kane 1809-1890

Kane’s family history is quite unique. His father participated in the 1898 rebellion and was forced to flee to France for a period after the rebellion. Amazingly, his grandson (Robert Kane’s son) went on to become an Admiral in the British Navy! Kane was knighted in 1846.

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1932: General Election

The General Election sees Fianna Fail become the largest party in the state for the first time. Pushing a populist agenda featuring a promise to abolish the oath of allegiance, encourage protectionism and freeing IRA prisoners, Fianna Fail gained 72 seats to Cumann na nGaehael’s 57. The party that had been defeated in the civil war just ten years previously was now due to take power. On March 10th, De Valera would be elected Taoiseach of a minority administration with the support of the Labour Party.

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1992: SAS ambush IRA activists at Clonoe, County Tyrone

 A local Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) unit is ambushed by the Special Air Service at a church yardafter the IRA men had launched a heavy machine gun attack on the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) base in Coalisland. Four IRA men were killed in what appeared to be a well planned ambush. It seems almost certain that British security forces had been forewarned about the attack. Following the attack on the barracks, the IRA men drove the truck containing the machine gun to a local church yard to dismantle the weapon. Security forces who had been waiting for over three hours opened fire without warning killing all four men. In a statement that many might deem ironic, Sinn Fein, the political wing of the IRA claimed that British troops were operating a shoot-to-kill policy.

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2011: The Morning After Pill

 For the first time, the morning after pill can now be sold by Irish pharmacies without need for a doctor’s prescription.

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February 15,

Ernest Shackleton Kildare-born Explorer – Upton Train Ambush

February 15: TODAY in Irish History:

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1856: Steamship Queen Victoria founders off  Bailey Lighthouse, Howth

The steamship Queen Victoria, on a voyage from Liverpool to Dublin, with 100 passengers and cargo on board hits the rocks near Howth, Co Dublin in the early hours of the morning. An estimated 60 lives are lost.

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1874Polar explored Ernest Shackleton is born in Kilkea, Co. Kildare.

He is most famous for his failed expedition on the ship Endurance when he attempted to cross the Antarctic from sea to sea via the South Pole.

Polar Explorer Ernest Shackleton

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Shackleton qualified as a master mariner in 1898. In 1901, Shackleton went with British naval officer Robert Falcon Scott on the ship ‘Discovery’ to the South Pole. In 1908, he led an expedition on the ship ‘Nimrod’ to the Antarctic. He was knighted on his return to Britain.

In 1914, Shackleton made his third trip to the Antarctic with the ship ‘Endurance’, planning to cross Antarctica via the South Pole. Early in 1915, ‘Endurance’ became trapped in the ice, and ten months later sank. Shackleton’s crew had already abandoned the ship to live on the floating ice. In April 1916, they set off in three small boats, eventually reaching Elephant Island. Taking five crew members, Shackleton went to find help. In a small boat, the six men spent 16 days crossing 1,300 km of ocean to reach South Georgia and then trekked across the island to a whaling station. The remaining men from the ‘Endurance’ were rescued in August 1916. Not one member of the expedition died. ‘South’, Shackleton’s account of the ‘Endurance’ expedition, was published in 1919.

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Shackleton died of a heart attack on his fourth expedition to the Antarctic in 1922.

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Ernest Shackleton and The Endurance

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1921Upton (Co. Cork) Train Ambush.

The IRA ambush a train at Upton believing it is transporting an estimated fifteen British soldiers. Unknown to them, at least fifty additional troops had joined the train. An undisciplined IRA attack resulted in the death of six civilians, three IRA volunteers and the wounding of a number of British troops. The leader of the botched ambush, Charlie Hurley would himself die the following month.

Sean Dunphy sings The Lonely Woods of Upton

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1921: Coffey Brothers Execution

Just twelve miles away from Upton two IRA volunteers – the Coffey brothers – are executed in their beds. It has never been clarified if it was a local loyalist group or the Black and Tans who were responsible.

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1995: Ireland v England Soccer International Abondoned

A friendly international between the Republic of Ireland and England at Lansdowne Road Dublin is abandoned when a group of English Neo-Nazi supporters start a riot during the game.

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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.

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)