Archive for April, 2014

April 26,

The Battle of Mount Street, 1916 Rising at Today in Irish History

April 26: TODAY in Irish History:

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British troops Easter Rising 1916

British troops Easter Rising 1916

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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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1916: The Battle of Mount Street Bridge. Easter Rising Day 3

Some of the bloodiest fighting of the Easter 1916 rising occurs during the Battle of Mount Street Bridge. An inexperienced British regiment, the Sherwood Foresters are involved in combat with seventeen Irish rebels under the command of Lieutenant Mick Malone who would die in the battle. Over two days, the British troops engaged in a number of full frontal assaults against a well entrenched group of rebels.

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British troops Easter Rising 1916
British troops Easter Rising 1916

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The fighting at Mount Street resulted in almost two thirds of British casualties in Easter week. A total of four officers and 216 other ranks were killed or wounded during the engagement.

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Lieutenant Mick Malone
Irish rebel Lieutenant Mick Malone who inflicted devastating casualties on British forces before his death.

READ: Excellent article on The Battle of Mount Street Bridge

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READ: The Battle of Mount Street Bridge at RTE website

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READ: Walking the Rising with Robert A. Mosher

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Other events on this day in Irish History

1784: Nano Nagle – Founder of the Presentation Sisters

Nano Nagle founder of the Presentation Sisters dies on this day. Nagle was fortunate enough to be from a relatively well to do Catholic family who sent her to France to be educated. Most Catholic peasantry literally received no education due to the Penal Laws.

Nano Nagle

Risking official sanction, she opened her first school in Cork in 1854 and formally founded the Sisters of the Presentation in 1775.

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READ: Biography of Nano Nagle

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1895: Oscar Wilde on Trial

The first criminal trial for homosexuality against Oscar Wilde opens in London. The jury would fail to reach a verdict but a second trial the following month would find Wilde guilty.

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April 25,

1916 Rising Continues – British Troops Move Into Dublin at Today in Irish History

April 25: 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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1916: British Troops Move into Dublin

One day after the Proclamation of the Irish Republic by Patrick Pearse on Easter Monday and a day of limited activity, British authorities start to take action. By the end of the day, 7.000 troops will be moved into Dublin from Belfast and the Curragh.

Martial law is declared by Lord Lieutenant Lord Wimborne and power is handed over to military authorities. Despite its iconic status in history, occupiers of the General Post Office see little direct action, apart from incoming British artillery.

The Rising was not popular with Dublin’s population.

(There are numerous reports that Irish rebel prisoners were booed and harried by Dubliners after the surrender.) Fifteen year old Martin Walton joined the rebellion on Tuesday at Jacob’s factory and describes Dubliners negative reaction to the rebels. ““When I arrived then at Jacob’s the place was surrounded by a howling mob roaring at the Volunteers inside, ‘Come out to France and fight, you lot of so-and-so slackers’. And then I remember the first blood I ever saw shed. There was a big, very, very big tall woman with something very heavy in her hand and she came across and lifted up her hand to make a bang at me. One of the Volunteers upstairs saw this and fired and I just remember seeing her face and head disappear as she went down like a sack. That was my baptism of fire, and I remember my knees nearly going out from under me. I would have sold my mother and father and the Pope just to get out of that bloody place.”

Captain J.C. Bowen-Colthurst

British authorities reacted in a generally restrained manner during the early days of the Rising. Exceptions included Captain J.C. Bowen-Colthurst,  invalided back from the war in Europe who summarily executed a totally innocent 17 year old JJ Coade on Tuesday evening.   That was the start of his madness. Bowen-colthurst was a native of Dripsey, Co. Cork  born to an Anglo-Irish Protestant ascendancy family in 1880.  He arrested two journalists and pacifist Frances Sheehy Skeffington, all of whom would be arbitrarily shot the following day at Bowen-Colthurst’s orders. Bowen-Colthurst would be court-martialed for his actions. He was found guilty but insane, spent a short period in a mental institution and moved to Canada where he died in 1966.

Bowen-Colthurst was a native of Dripsey, Co. Cork  born in 1880 to an Anglo-Irish Protestant ascendancy family.

British mounted troops Dublin 1916

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Other Events on This Day in Irish History

1945: Cork born Major League Baseball player Anthony John “Tony” Mullane

Anthony Mullane Cork born baseball player

Anthony Mullane Cork born baseball player

Death of Cork born Major League Baseball player Anthony John “Tony” Mullane who was variously named the “Count” and “The Apollo of the Box.” Over  a thirteen year career (1881-1894), he played for seven teams including   St. Louis Browns, Cincinnati Reds and Baltimore Orioles

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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)