Maeve Binchy – Daniel O’Connell – Henry Ford on this day in Irish History

July 30: TODAY in Irish History:

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Daniel O'Connell

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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1829: Daniel O’Connell MP for Clare

Following the passing of the Catholic Emancipation Act that allowed Catholics become Members of Parliament, Daniel O’Connell is returned unopposed as MP for Clare. O’Connell was a hugely popular figure at the time as indeed was Dublin born Prime Minister Duke of Wellington. King George IV complained “‘O’Connell! God damn the scoundrel.’ Oh, the duke of Wellington is king of England, O’Connell is king of Ireland and I suppose I am only considered as dean of Windsor’.

Daniel O’Connell originally won a by-election in County Clare in 1828 defeating William Vesey Fitzgerald. but was not allowed take his seat refusing to swear an Oath of Supremacy that was incompatible with his Catholic faith.

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Daniel O’Connell 1775-1847

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Detailed Biography of O’Connell at History of Parliament

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1863: Henry Ford

Henry Ford is born in Detroit Michigan. Ford’s father, Cork born William Ford emigrated to the United States in 1847 during the potato famine.

Ford did not forget his Irish roots. He named his Dearborn home Fair Lane after the area of Cork where his maternal grandfather came from. Ford also built a production plant for the Model T in Cork in 1917. It would finally close in 1984.

Henry Ford 1863-1947

READ: Ford’s Irish connections

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READ: Lee Iacocca article on Henry Ford at Time

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1947Soviet Union Vetoes Irish UN Membership

The Soviet Union vetoes Ireland’s membership to the United Nations. Ireland would not become a full member of the United Nations until 14 December 1955.

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2012: Maeve Binchy – Goodbye

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Quite possibly, Ireland’s most successful  author ever, Mave Binchy dies in Dublin age 72. At the time of her death, Binchy was reported to have sold over 40 million books and they’re still selling.

Her obituaries were laudatory and in her case, it appears accurate.

READ: Conor O’Clery on Maeve Binchy

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WATCH: A Short History of Ireland

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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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