Golfer Darren Clarke – Nationalists Welcome British Troops to Derry – Father Michael McGivney – Today in Irish History

August 14: TODAY in Irish History:

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Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks

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1890: Father Michael McGivney

Death of Knights of Columbus founder Father Michael McGivney. McGivney was born to Irish immigrants Patrick and Mary (Lynch) McGivney in Waterbury Conn in 1852.

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Father Michael McGivney 1852-1890




1969: British Troops Enter Derry to Welcome Reception

British troops are sent into Derry initially to protect a Catholic Nationalist population which was under siege from Loyalist rioters. In what can only be described as an ironic moment, the troops were greeted with delight and cups of tea by a population that was in fear of its life. The Battle of the Bogside which forced the introduction of troops had been running for two days at Loyalist and Nationalists squared off in vicious sectarian conflict. Reminiscent of Robert Peel’s “temporary measure” of the introduction of Income Tax in 1842, the British Government stated the introduction of troops to the streets of Northern Ireland was a limited operation. Things would change in a very short period of time and it would be almost forty years before troops were finally taken off the streets.




1968: Golfer Darren Clarke

Golfer Darren Clarke is born in Dungannon, Co. Tyrone. One of the most popular and exuberant golfers on the scene, the big man captivated fans when winning the 2011 British Open at Royal St. George. Clarke is a keen aficionado of a good pint of Guinness and Ferraris (although we hope not at the same time.)





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