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November 16,

Union General Michael Kelly Lawler – Ireland’s Oldest Olympian – Actor Siobhán McKenna

November 16: TODAY in Irish History:

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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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1814: Union General Michael Kelly Lawler

Michael Kelly Lawler  who served as a Brigadier General in the Union army in the civil war is born in County Kildare. He  fought in the Mexican War of 1846-1848 when he quite possibly fought against some fellow Irishmen – the famous San Patricios, the Saint Patrick’s Battalion who fought as part of the Mexican Army against the United States in the Mexican-American War.

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Irish born Union General Michael Kelly Lawler
Union General Michael Kelly Lawler 1814-1882

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In his memoirs, Ulysses S. Grants writes of Lawler’s bravery during the Vicksburg campaign and specifically at Big Black. “(A)n officer from Banks’ staff came up and presented me with a letter from General Halleck, dated the 11th of May. It had been sent by the way of New Orleans to Banks to be forwarded to me. It ordered me to return to Grand Gulf and to co-operate from there with Banks against Port Hudson, and then to return with our combined forces to besiege Vicksburg. I told the officer that the order came too late, and that Halleck would not give it now if he knew our position. The bearer of the dispatch insisted that I ought to obey the order, and was giving arguments to support his position when I heard great cheering to the right of our line and, looking in that direction, saw Lawler in his shirt sleeves leading a charge upon the enemy. I immediately mounted my horse and rode in the direction of the charge, and saw no more of the officer who delivered the dispatch; I think not even to this day.”

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1931: Ireland’s Oldest Olympian? Joshua (Jerry) Millner

Death of Olympic gold medalist Joshua (Jerry) Millner. Millner was born in Dublin in 1847 and represented Britain in 1908 in the free rifle event which he won at the age of 61!

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Joshua (Jerry) Millner
Joshua (Jerry) Millner 1847-1913

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READ: Biography of Jerry Millner

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1986: Death of Abbey actress Siobhán McKenna

Siobhán McKenna
Siobhán McKenna 1923-1986

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Siobhán McKenna was twice nominated for Broadway’s Tony Award as Best Actress (Dramatic): in 1956, for “The Chalk Garden,” and in 1958, for “The Rope Dancers.” Her movie roles included Dr. Zhivago, King of Kings, Of Human Bondage. McKenna was married to actor Dennis O’Dea. Their son Donncha is a professional poker player who swam for Ireland in the 1968 Olympic games. Donncha is the first Irishman to swim the 100 metres in less than one minute. O’Dea’s son (McKenna’s grandson) is also a professional poker player who reached the final 9 in the World Series of Poker Championship in Las Vegas in 2011.

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September 22,

Galway born Confederate General Patrick Moore – Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney Long Count

September 22: TODAY in Irish History:

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Patrick Moore Irish civil war generals confederate

General Patrick Moore

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1821: Galway born Confederate General Patrick Moore

Confederate Brigadier-General Patrick T. Moore is born at Galway, Ireland.

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Galway born Patrick Moore 1821-1883

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In the spring of 1861 he was commissioned colonel of the First regiment, Virginia infantry, which was assigned to Longstreet’s brigade of the army under Beauregard at Manassas. He participated in the affair at Blackburn’s ford and the battle of Manassas, in the latter action receiving a severe wound in the head while leading his regiment.

He survived the war and died in 1883. A number of Irish attained high rank in the Confederate forces. The most lauded was Cork born Stonewall of the West” Patrick Cleburne who perished at the Battle of Franklin.

READ: Biography of Patrick Moore

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1920: Rineen Ambush

The Mid-Clare Brigade of the IRA ambush and kill six Royal Irish Constabulary officers in a well-planned attack. In reprisal, British forces murdered a number of local residents and  burned houses.

In oral history, Andrew O’Donoghue, former commander of the  5th Batallion, Mid-Clare IRA Brigade said, “The enemy did carry out most frightful reprisals that night and there was no one to molest them. It was a splendid chance lost because the British forces – R.I.C., Black and Tans and military – all went berserk in their orgy of destruction, becoming frightfully drunk in the process and, throwing all precaution to the winds, became sitting ducks for properly placed ambushers.”

READMore on Andrew O’Donoghue’s Memoirs

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READ: FASCINATING Lengthy Witness Statement by Mid-Clare IRA Commander Andrew O’Donoghue

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1927: The Long Count – Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney

1927: Irish Americans Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney fight for the World Heavyweight Title in a rematch at Soldier Field Chicago. The bout became famous for “The Long Count.”  (This has nothing to do with Irish born Bram Stoker who wrote Count Dracula!)

The previous year, Tunney had beaten Dempsey over ten rounds to secure the World Title.

Dempsey’s failure to move to a neutral corner after knocking Tunney down in this rematch, delayed the start of the count allowing Tunney to get off the canvas. The referee finally counted to nine. Whether Tunney would have been able to get up, if the referee had not delayed the count will never be known. There is little doubt that over the complete fight Tunney was the better boxer.

Gene Tunney was son of emigrants John Tunney and Mary Lydon, both from Co. Mayo.

Both of Dempsey’s parents were of Irish extraction.

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1943: Irish artist Robert Ballagh is born in Dublin

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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)