U2’s Edge Enters the World – Manchester United Scout Billy Behan on this day in Irish History

August 8: TODAY in Irish History:

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The Edge at Today in Irish History

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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1911: Manchester United Star Finder Billy Behan

Birth of Billy Behan, one of the men who made Manchester United one of the best clubs in world soccer. The Dublin born Behan scouted for the Red Devils for almost half a century discovering such players as Johnny CareyLiam WhelanJohnny Giles, Tony Dunne, Don Givens, Kevin Moran and Paul McGrath. In his memoir, John Giles – A Football Man, Giles says Behan was a “tall easy-going man” who had “a kind of a sixth sense for identifying the players who would make it.”

To the astonishment of many, Behan encouraged Dublin All Ireland Football hero Kevin Moran to sign for United. Moran went on to have a distinguished career on the soccer field playing for Ireland 71 times.




1961: The Edge

David Evan (The Edge) is born in England. When he was one, his family moved to the beautiful seaside village of Malahide, Co. Dublin. When Larry Mullen posted a notice at his high school Mount Temple Comprehensive seeking to start a band, Edge along with Paul Hewson (Bono) and Adam Clayton signed on. The rest is rock history and U2.

The  Edge playing Gillette Stadium 2008. Source Flickr xrayspx.

Edge’s unique sound has been a crucial element in the success of U2. Self-taught, he is rated #38 in the Rolling Stone list of Greatest Guitarists. His influences included the great Irish blues guitarist Rory Gallagher whom Rolling Stone place at #57 on their list (about 50 places too low!)

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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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