Archive for June, 2014

June 28,

Kennedy Goofs in Speech to Dail Eireann – John Boyle O’Reilly – Irish Civil War

June 28: TODAY in Irish History:

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1844: John Boyle O’Reilly

John Boyle O'Reilly 1844-1890

John Boyle O’Reilly 1844-1890

Irish poet, writer and nationalist John Boyle O’Reilly is born in County Meath. O’Reilly was transported to Australia in 1868 for his Fenian activities, but escaped to America after two years where he ultimately became an American citizen. President Kennedy allegedly was an admirer of O’Reilly’s work and quoted him when speaking to DAil Eireann in 1963 stating:

“The world is large,” wrote John Boyle O’Reilly.

“The world is large when its weary
leagues two loving hearts divide,
“But the world is small when your enemy
is loose on the other side.”

For further details on this speech, see JFK in Ireland below. More on John Boyle O’Reilly.

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1921: De Valera Responds to Lloyd George

  Eamonn De Valera responds to Prime Minister Lloyd George’s request for a meeting to solve the Irish crisis and stop bloodshed between Irish freedom fighters and British.

Letter from Eamonn De Valera to David Lloyd George.

Sir,

I have received your letter. I am in consultation with such of the principal representatives of our nation as are available. We most earnestly desire to help in bringing about a lasting peace between the peoples of these two islands, but see no avenue by which it can be reached if you deny Ireland’s essential unity and set aside the principle of national self-determination.

Before replying more fully to your letter, I am seeking a conference with certain representatives of the political minority in this country.

Eamon de Valera

On July 8th, De Valera would indicate a willingness to negotiate. Negotiations would commence later in the year and culminate with the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty December 6th 1921.

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1922: Four Courts Bombardment – Civil War Starts

Michael Collins orders Irish Free State forces to bombard the Four Courts in Dublin which has been in Anti-Treaty hands since April. It signals the start of a vicious civil war where former colleagues who fought against the British are now fighting each other. In one of the many tragic ironies of Irish history, the government forces borrowed artillery from British forces waiting to leave Ireland.

Bombardment of Four Courts 1922
Michael Collins ordered Four Courts bombardment

Image of Michael Collins in For the Love of Being Irish. Buy author signed copies HERE.

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1963: Day 3 of President Kennedy’s Irish visit

JFK image in For the Love of Being Irish

Image of JFK in For the Love of Being Irish: An A-Z of Ireland. 

Kennedy makes a surprising goof when speaking to a packed Dail Eireann about one of the most momentous days for the Fighting Irish Brigade during the American Civil War. Somehow, Kennedy got his dates and geography mixed up when he said

“The 13th day of September, 1862, will be a day long remembered in American history. At Fredericksburg, Maryland, thousands of men fought and died on one of the bloodiest battlefields of the American Civil War.”

The date of the Battle of Fredericksburg where so many Irish were slaughtered was December 13 and NOT September 13 as Kennedy states. Also, Fredericksburg is in Virginia and not Maryland. Kennedy was accompanied on this European trip which included the famous Ich bin Ein Berliner speech by his counselor  and speech writer Ted Sorensen, a master wordsmith and fastidious researcher who seems to have erred in the writing of the speech. It is unlikely that Kennedy mispronounced “December” as the transcript of the speech at the JFK Library includes the incorrect dates. It can be safely assumed that no one in Dail Eireann was aware of Kennedy’s error.

But the speech was uplifting and motivating to an Irish nation that was still young. Kennedy said

“This has never been a rich or powerful country, and yet, since earliest times, its influence on the world has been rich and powerful. No larger nation did more to keep Christianity and Western culture alive in their darkest centuries. No larger nation did more to spark the cause of independence in America, indeed, around the world. And no larger nation has ever provided the world with more literary and artistic genius.

This is an extraordinary country. George Bernard Shaw, speaking as an Irishman, summed up an approach to life: Other people, he said “see things and . . . say ‘Why?’ . . . But I dream things that never were– and I say: ‘Why not?'” ”

For Full Text of JFK’s speech to Dail Eireann

Earlier that day, Kennedy visited Cork City where he was again greeted like a rock star.

JFK in Cork
Kennedy in Patrick Street Cork June 28, 1963

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Kennedy in Ireland: Day I

Kennedy in Ireland: Day II

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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.

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June 27,

Kennedy in Ireland Day II – Charles Stewart Parnell – Union General Robert Nugent

June 27: TODAY in Irish History:

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JFK image in For the Love of Being Irish

Image of JFK in For the Love of Being Irish: An A-Z of Ireland. 

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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1824: Union General Robert Nugent

Birth of Robert Nugent in Kilkeel, Co. Down who would go on to become a decorated Brigadier General in the Union forces during the civil war.

Fighting 69th Officers. Nugent is sitting in center.

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Nugent died in 1901. His obituary in the Brooklyn Eagle read:

General Robery Nugent died at his home,
332 McDonough street, yesterday, as the
final result of a bullet wound in the stomach
received at the battle of Fredericksburg, De-
cember 13, 1862, while leading his command
up Marye’s Hill.  For seventeen years he
suffered from chronic dyspepsia. General
Nugent was born in Killkeel, County Down,
Ireland, July 24, 1824, and came to New York
when a young man. He joined the Seventh
Regiment as a private and afterward was a
captain in the Fourteenth Regiment. In 1853
he became a member of the Sixty-ninth
Regiment, New York State Militia, and rose
to the colonelcy before the beginning of the
Civil War.  At the firing on Fort Sumter he
led the regiment to Virginia. On it return
he helped organize the Sixty-ninth New York
Volunteers, which was the first in Meagher’s
Irish Brigade. He served as colonel of the
regiment until 1862, when, General Meagher
becoming incapacitated, he succeeded to the
command of the Irish Brigade.  It was while
leading this charge that he received the
wound that finally caused his death. He was
carried from the field and brevetted for his
bravery. During his convalescence in New
York he was appointed deputy provost mar-
shal of New York and Brooklyn, serving as
such from May to November, 1863. During
that time the draft riots took place. He
returned to the Army, reaching the rank of
brigadier general. At the close of the war
he became a captain in the regular Army
and commanded a company in many battles
in Montana, Dakota, and Wyoming, against
the Sioux and other Indians, being with Gen-
eral Miles in the battles against Sitting Bull.
In 1877 he was retired as major and returned
to Brooklyn to live. His wife, three daugh-
ters and a son survive him

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1846: Charles Stewart Parnell

  Charles Stewart Parnell is born the seventh child of a well to do Ascendancy land-owning family in Avondale Co. Wicklow. Parnell benefited from his family background with a good education which included some time at a girl’s school in England!

Once he got involved in Irish politics and the demand for Home Rule, he proved himself a master orator and debater  and a thorn in the side of an English parliament that refused to give any autonomy to Ireland. Elected MP for Ireland’s County Meath in 1875, he became leader of the Irish National Land League whose primary aim was to abolish the landlord-tenant farmer relationship that guaranteed a life of poverty for the Irish tenant.

Parnell soon became a beloved and influential politician who was an able and respected foe of Prime Minister William Gladstone as he  pushed harder for Home Rule for Ireland.

But the great politician had a great “secret,” known to many but not made public for many years. Parnell was in a relationship with Kitty O’Sea, wife of fellow politician and party member Captain William O’Shea whom she had been separated from for years. She bore Parnell two children. Captain O’Shea (partly for financial reasons) finally went public with the affair citing Parnell as a co-respondent in divorce proceedings. Parnell’s career was over.

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READ: Biography of Charles Stewart Parnell 

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1963: JFK Visits his Ancestral Home

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Kennedy at New Ross, Co. Wexford                                                       Source: JFK Presidential Library

Day two of President Kennedy’s visit to Ireland where he is literally mobbed   every place he goes. In an action packed day, he speaks at New Ross and Wexford,  visits his ancestral home of Dunganstown, Co. Wexford where his great grand-father was born and who emigrated to the United States in 1848.

Kennedy had previously visited Dunganstown in 1947.

JFK absolutely sparkled in Ireland. His speeches were laced with good humor and little political weight. The video below shows Kennedy speak in New Ross. Note the lack of security.

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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)