Harrington Wins First Major – Archbishop Thomas Croke – Ernest Ball

July 22: 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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1878: Ernest Ball: When Irish Eyes are Smiling Composer

Composer Ernest Ball is born in Cleveland, Ohio. Ball composed numerous “Irish” songs in a career that saw him inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. His compositions include: Mother Machree, When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, A Little Bit of Heaven, Ireland is Ireland to Me and She’s the Daughter of Mother Machree.

In the clip below, actor Dennis Morgan plays Chauncey Olcott who wrote the lyrics for When Irish Eyes are Smiling and a number of other “Irish” songs




 1902: Bishop Thomas William Croke

Death of Bishop Thomas William Croke.  Croke became the second Catholic Bishop of Auckland New Zealand before returning to Ireland as Archbishop of Cashel and Emly.

He was a strong and public supporter of Irish nationalism aligning himself with the Irish National Land League during the Land War, and wit the chairman of the Irish Parliamentary Party, Charles Stewart Parnell, although he distanced himself from disgraced Parnell after the politician’s liaison with Kitty O’Shea became public.

The New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia states that on his return to Ireland from New Zealand “He at once resumed his former active interest in political affairs and became a strong supporter of the Home Rule movement under the leadership of Isaac Butt. In the more advanced agrarian projects of the Land League days he was side by side with Charles Stewart Parnell in popular leadership, and was the main restraining influence when the ultra-radical element, infuriated by the new coercion laws of British officialism, broke out with the “No Rent” and other revolutionary manifestos. He made several visits to Rome in defence of the popular cause and to oppose the attempts of British diplomacy to enlist the direct intervention of the influence of the Vatican against the Irish Nationalists, the justice of whose efforts he vigorously championed. After the fall of Parnell and the confusion and factional strife that followed he withdrew in a measure from active participation in politics, but never lost his enthusiasm for the cause of Irish national regeneration.

The main GAA stadium in Dublin – Croke Park – is named in his honor.




2007: Harrington Wins British Open

Pádraig Harrington defeats Sergio García of Spain in a playoff to win the British Open.  It is his first major title. Harrington would repeat the following year.




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