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November 6,

Johnny Giles – Bill Clinton – Owen Roe O’Neill at Today in Irish History

November 6: TODAY in Irish History:

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Johnny Giles playing for Ireland

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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1649: Death of Eoghan Ruadh O’Neill (Owen Roe O’Neill)

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Eoghan Ruadh O’Neill 1590-1649

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O’Neill was an Irish warlord who with the support of Spain rebelled against English rule. Romanticized in Irish history partly because of the poem written by Young Ireland founder Thomas Davis who wrote The Lament for Eoghan Ruadh O’Neill. Despite Davis’ reference to O’Neill being poisoned, there is no clear evidence as to how he died.

The Lament for Eoghan Ruadh O’Neill.

“Did they dare, did they dare, to slay Eoghan Ruadh O’Neill?”

“Yes, they slew with poison him they feared to meet with steel.”

“May God wither up their hearts! May their blood cease to flow!

May they walk in living death, who poisoned Eoghan Ruadh!”

“Though it break my heart to hear, say again the bitter words.

From Derry, against Cromwell, he marched to measure swords:

But the weapon of the Sacsanach met him on his way,

And he died at Cloch Uachtar upon St. Leonard’s day.

“Wail, wail ye for the Mighty One! Wail, wail ye for the Dead!

Quench the hearth, and hold the breath–with ashes strew the head.

How tenderly we loved him! How deeply we deplore!

Holy Saviour! but to think we shall never see him more.

“Sagest in the council was he, kindest in the hall!

Sure we never won a battle–’twas Eoghan won them all.

Had he lived–had he lived–our dear country had been free;

But he’s dead, but he’s dead, and ’tis slaves we’ll ever be.

“O’Farrell and Clanrickarde, Preston and Red Hugh,

Audley and MacMahon, ye are valiant, wise, and true;

But–what, what are ye all to our darling who is gone?

The Rudder of our Ship was he, our Castle’s corner stone!

“Wail, wail him through the Island! Weep, weep for our pride!

Would that on the battle-field our gallant chief had died!

Weep the Victor of Beann-bhorbh[79]–weep him, young men and old;

Weep for him, ye women–your Beautiful lies cold!

“We thought you would not die–we were sure you would not go,

And leave us in our utmost need to Cromwell’s cruel blow–

Sheep without a shepherd, when the snow shuts out the sky–

Oh! why did you leave us, Eoghan? Why did you die?

“Soft as woman’s was your voice, O’Neill! bright was your eye,

Oh! why did you leave us, Eoghan? Why did you die?

Your troubles are all over, you’re at rest with God on high,

But we’re slaves, and we’re orphans, Eoghan!–why didst thou die?”

READ: Biography of Eoghan Ruadh O’Neill (Owen Roe O’Neill)

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1940: Johnny Giles

Giles in his Leeds heyday

One of Ireland’s greatest ever soccer players, Johnny Giles is born in Dublin. His stature in the game is evidenced by the fact in 2003 he was a winner of UEFA’s Jubilee Award as the best Irish player of the past 50 years.

The diminutive Giles (5 ft 7 in) was a magnificent footballer whose passing ability was legendary. He was also tough as nails and some non-Irish (or non-Leeds United) supporters might even suggest he did not always play the ball!

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Originally discovered by legendary Manchester United scout Billy Behan, he signed for the Red Devils in 1957. Although he won an FA Cup medal with United in 1963, United manager Matt Busby failed to appreciate his talent and he was but a peripheral figure as the manager rebuilt a team decimated by the Munich air crash.

Giles dropped down a division to sign for Leeds United in 1963 after which both he and Leeds grew in stature and success.

Following a very successful playing career, Giles went on to manage Ireland and a number of clubs including West Brom Albion. The little fella can be seen regularly in RTE studios providing superb analysis of international and Premier League soccer.

READ: John Giles – Irish Football Great

READ:  Profile Johnny Giles

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1996: Bill Clinton is re-elected President.

Clinton does not have Irish heritage, but his presidency will likely be seen as one that had the greatest impact on Ireland. It is quite likely that the Northern Ireland peace process and the Good Friday agreement would never have happened without his cajoling and support.

In 1995, speaking to the employees of the Mackie Plant in sectarian divided Belfast, he said:

“Here in Northern Ireland, you are making a miracle, a miracle symbolized by those two children who held hands and told us what this whole thing is all about. In the land of the harp and the fiddle, the fife and the lambeg drum, two proud traditions are coming together in the harmonies of peace. The cease-fire and negotiations have sparked a powerful transformation.”

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Bill Clinton speaking at Mackie Plant Belfast 1995

READ: Bill Clinton Mackie Plant speech

In Ireland (as it seems in so many other places), Bill Clinton is a rock star.

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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.

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October 31,

IRA Helicopter Escape from Mountjoy – Larry Mullen – Two Irish Medal of Honor Recipients

October 31: TODAY in Irish History:

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The helicopter used in the spectacular escape

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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1864: Irish Medal of Honor winner Patrick Colbert

Patrick Colbert is awarded Medal of Honor. His citation reads:

Coxswain, U.S. Navy. Born: 1840, Ireland. For his actions on this day in 1864, Patrick Colbert was awarded the Medal of honor, 31 December 1864.

Citation: The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Coxswain Patrick Colbert, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving on board the U.S.S. Commodore Hull at the capture of Plymouth, North Carolina, 31 October 1864. Painfully wounded by a shell which killed the man at his side, Coxswain Colbert, as Captain of the forward pivot gun, remained at his post until the end of the action, braving the heavy enemy fire and appearing as cool as if at mere target practice.

Colbert died in 1877 and is buried in Detroit.

For Detailed List of Irish Medal of Honor Winners:

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1890: Irish Medal of Honor winner Patrick Ginley

Irish born (1822) Patrick Ginley is awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor twenty-six years after the incident where he showed his courage. Ginley won the award while serving as a Private in Company G, 1st New York Light Artillery.

Citation: The command having been driven from the works, he, having been left alone between the opposing lines, crept back into the works, put 3 charges of canister in one of the guns, and fired the piece directly into a body of the enemy about to seize the works; he then rejoined his command, took the colors, and ran toward the enemy, followed by the command, which recaptured the works and guns.

Patrick Ginley and his gun

 

READ: Ginley and the Gun

Several days after the battle, Ginley received the following accolade from Ulysses S. Grant.

“Private Ginley, it is not to-day nor to-morrow that you and every man undergoing the hardships of this war will be remembered by the country for his services.  But every hero sooner or later receives his just reward.  In this day of history making, when the deeds of individual valor are taking their places in the record of the War of the Rebellion, when the records are in the hands of those at Washington who helped to make them, each individual act of heroism of which there is a record will be recognized.” Source: The Story of American Heroism by Lew Wallace (The Ben Hur author).

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READ: Irish in American Civil War

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1961: U2 Drummer Larry Mullen 

U2 drummer Larry Mullen born. Here you can see interview with U2 founder(!) Mullen being interviewed and telling  how he gave Bono his first job!

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1973: IRA Helicopter Escape

The helicopter used in the spectacular escape

Three Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) volunteers escaped from Mountjoy Prison in Dublin, aboard a hijacked Alouette II helicopter. Irish prison guards are not armed. It was a brilliantly audacious escapade by the IRA and generated intense embarrassment for the government but wonderful PR for the IRA.

READ: Republican Editorial on Helicopter Escape (actually quite funny)

The ever opportunistic Wolfe Tones who had a unique ability to capture republican emotions in catchy songs wrote a very humorous song about the escape.

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2009: U2 play Madison Square Garden for 25th anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert.

The two night event featured other rock giants like Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Jeff Beck and THE Boss, Bruce Springsteen who is of course of Irish extraction. Bono referred to the Garden as “rock ’n’ roll’s great cathedral” for “the saints and the heretics, the poets and the punks, that now make up the Hall of Fame.”

The Black Eyed Peas joined U2 for Mysterious Ways and were then joined by Mick Jagger for Gimme Shelter and Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of.

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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)