JFK Comments on De Valera – Young Ireland Rebellion 1848 – Tom Dunphy

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1752: Sir Peter Warren

Death of Co. Meath born, naval officer Sir Peter Warren (b. 10 March 1703). Warren signed on as an ordinary seaman in Dublin, in 1716 when he was 13 years old and  rapidly rose in the ranks. His ship patrolled American colonial waters to provide protection from French forces. He commanded the naval forces in the attack on the French fortress of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia in 1745. Warren later sat as MP for Westminster. He was an adept land speculator also and garnered thousands of acres in the New York area.

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1848: Young Ireland Rebellion

Irish Nationalists led by William Smith O’Brien and Thomas Francis Meagher engage in a half-baked disastrous “rebellion” at Ballingarry . A small group of Young Irelanders engaged in a short sharp exchange of gunfire with members of the local constabulary.

When the police were reinforced the Young Ireland rebels retreated. Although not much more than a riot in one sense, the rebels became heroes particularly following their deportation to Van Diemen’s Land.

Although, they can fairly be described as clueless during this escapade, a number proved themselves to be extremely competent soldiers and statesmen including Meagher who fought as a Union General and was later appointed Acting Governor of Montana

READ: Short history of Young Ireland Rebellion




1945JFK Speaks About De Valera

Fascinating article published by John F. Kennedy for Hearst Newspaper group about Ireland Seething Again Over Partition. Kennedy’s comments about “the brilliant, austere De Valera” are particularly astute who is still “fighting politically the same relentless battle, that was fought in the field during the uprising of 1916, in the war of independence and later in the civil war.”

Kennedy is not always given credit for his writing abilities, (with most of credit for speech writing given rightly to his Counselor Ted Sorenson), but some elements of this article are lyrical.

Commenting on De Valera’s debate elaboration, “he left the situation to many observers as misty as this island on an early winter’s morning. ” And on De Valera’s Fianna Fail colleagues: “All have been in both England and Ireland prisons, and many have wounds which still ache when the cold winds come in from the west.”

For original draft of article at JFK Library

When visiting Ireland in 1963, Kennedy made humorous reference to the respective birth places of the Kennedy and De Valera clan.

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1975: Tom Dunphy of The Royal Showband / Big 8

Death of Irish showband legend Tom Dunphy in a car crash while on the way to perform with Brendan Bowyer and the Big 8 at Mary from Dungloe Festival. Dunphy was one of the first superstars of the Irish music scene.




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