Archive for ‘Famous Irish People’

November 14,

Senator Joe McCarthy – IRA Assassinate Unionist MP Rev. Robert Bradford

November 14: TODAY in Irish History:

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Joe McCarthy at Congressional Hearing

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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1908: Senator Joe McCarthy

Senator Joe McCarthy born to Irish mother
Joe McCarthy 1908-1957

Joe McCarthy, Republican Senator for Wisconsin, arch anti-communist,  fear monger and generator of McCarthyism is born to Bridget Tierney, from County Tipperary and Timothy McCarthy whose own father emigrated from Ireland.

McCarthy first came to national prominence when in February 1950, he stated at an Ohio County Women’s Republican Club in Wheeling, West Virginia,  “I have here in my hand a list of 205 (State Department employees) that were known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party and who nevertheless are still working and shaping the policy of the State Department.”

Facts and human decency were never that important to the Senator. A media frenzy fed his ego, encouraging him to make more and more (now seen as) outlandish statements. McCarthy though was sowing on fertile soil. America “knew” the USSR was evil and a major threat to the western way of life.

At the time, McCarthy had the support of many established, and up and coming politicians including Richard Nixon. Robert Kennedy served as counsel for McCarthy’s investigative committee for a period of time. McCarthy terrified Washington and ruined many lives for a period of years with numerous unsubstantiated allegations. His power and popularity declined following the Army-McCarthy hearings.

Listen: Joe McCarthy on Meet the Press

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The Army-McCarthy Hearings

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READ: Covering Joe McCarthy by UPI journalist Alvin Spivak

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1973: Eight IRA Convicted of London Bombing.

Eight IRA members (six men, two women –  sisters Marion and Dolores Price) are convicted of  the London bombings in March 1973 which killed one person and injuring over 100.  One of those  convicted –  Gerry Kelly escaped from the Maze Prison in 1983, but was recaptured in 1986. He was a member of Sinn Fein’s negotiating team for the Good Friday Agreement. He is currently a Sinn Fein Assembly Member for North Belfast in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

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SEE: Gerry Kelly official Northern Ireland Assembly bio

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1981: IRA Assassinate Unionist MP Rev. Robert Bradford

Rev. Robert Bradford Unionist MP killed by IRA
Rev. Robert Bradford 1941-1981

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Three IRA men are involved in the assassination of Unionist MP Robert Bradford. The IRA justified their killing in a statement – “Belfast Brigade IRA claims responsibility for the execution of Robert Bradford MP, one of the key people responsible for winding up the loyalist paramilitary sectarian machine in the North.”
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READ: Belfast Telegraph report on assassination of Robert Bradford

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November 11,

Bushwhacker Ned Kelly – George Bernard Shaw Wins Nobel Prize for Literature – Irish in WWI

November 11: TODAY in Irish History:

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Ned Kelly 1854-1855 Australian Irish bushranger and outlaw

Ned Kelly 1854-1855 Australian Irish bushranger and outlaw

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1880: Australian Bushwhacker Ned Kelly Executed

Ned Kelly 1854-1855 Australian Irish bushranger and outlaw
Ned Kelly 1854-1855

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Ned Kelly, outlaw, folk hero and quite probably simply a cold blooded police killer  of Irish parentage is executed. Kelly was born in Victoria to an Irish convict father. The Australian Dictionary of Biography states Kelly was “the eldest son of John (Red) Kelly and his wife Ellen, née Quinn. John Kelly was born in Tipperary, Ireland, in 1820 and sentenced in 1841 to seven years’ transportation for stealing two pigs. He arrived in Van Diemen’s Land in 1842.”

Kelly is famous in folklore for the metal army plate and helmet he wore when captured the previous June 28th. Mick Jagger played Ned Kelly in the 1970 movie of the same name.

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1918: The Irish in World War I

End of World War I. More than 200,000 Irish troops fought in the British army over the four years of conflict. An estimated 30,000 Irishmen died during the war.

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Dublin Fusiliers World War I

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Participation in the British army, at the time and since, was a divisive factor in Irish politics. Some ardent Irish nationalists who fought in the War of Irish Independence against Britain, served in the army believing the war was being fought for the betterment of “small nations.” The majority who fought were from loyalist Ulster, but many from nationalist Ireland served including County Cork born, Michael O’Leary who was one of 37 Irish soldiers to win the Victoria Cross in World War I. George Bernard Shaw’s play O’Flaherty VC – A Recruiting Pamphlet was based on O’Leary’s heroics.

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READThe first Victoria Cross awarded for World War I was to Westmeath-born Maurice Dease

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Download: Free ebook O’Flaherty VC – A Recruiting Pamphlet

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Cork born Michael O'Leary Irish VC winner

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In Messines, Belgium The Island of Ireland Peace Park was officially opened at 11:00 hours on 11th November 1998 by the then President of Ireland Mary McAleese in the presence of HM Queen Elizabeth II and King Albert II of Belgium.

SEE: Island of Ireland Peace Park

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READ: Ireland’s Great War by John Morrissey (PDF which may take some time to download)

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READ: Ireland and World War I

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1925: George Bernard Shaw Wins Nobel Prize for Literature

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George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950

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Born in Dublin in 1856, Shaw is the only person to received both a Nobel Prize in Literature and an Oscar (1938), for his work on the film Pygmalion (adaptation of his play of the same name.

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Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller in Pygmalion
Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller in George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion

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An ardent socialist, Shaw wanted to refuse his Nobel Prize outright because he had no desire for public honors, but accepted it at his wife’s behest: she considered it a tribute to Ireland. Somewhat ironically, the Nobel Prize site states “At the banquet, Mr. Shaw’s thanks were presented by the British Ambassador, Sir Arthur Grant Duff, who expressed particular appreciation of the fact that the Prize given to Mr. Shaw would be used to strengthen the cultural relations between Sweden and Great Britain.”

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READ: George Bernard Shaw Nobel Prize Award Ceremony Speech

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WATCH: A Short History of Ireland

Want to learn more about Ireland? See these images and more in the acclaimed For the Love of Being Irish

Irish gift ideas. Best selling Irish booksRonnie Drew and Luke Kelly - Musical Irish Gifts to the worldJoyce Image in For the Love of Being IrishMichael Collins: Image from For the Love of Being Irish

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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.

Visit Conor’s YouTube channel IrishmanSpeaks to Laugh and Learn.

Tags: Best Irish Gift, Creative Irish Gift, Unique Irish Gifts, Irish Books, Irish Authors, Today in Irish History TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by IrishmanSpeaks)