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Welcome to Today in Irish History.

Welcome to Today in Irish History from Conor Cunneen
This is a website that provides you with interesting, sometimes idiosyncratic insight and information on what happened on this day in Irish history. As so many Irish have emigrated over the years, much of the commentary relates to persons of Irish ancestry. To be completely honest, I started this site to sell my book For the Love of Being Irish which is an A-Z of all things Irish. The book contains History, Horror, Humor, Passion, Pathos and Lyrical Limericks that will have you giving thanks (or wishing you were) For the Love of Being Irish .

Then it became a very time-consuming, addictive passion which is probably not surprising for a nationality that is passionate and prone to addiction.

Interview with author Conor Cunneen by his alter ego Finbarr Kozlowski

FK: You’re from Cork originally.

CC: That’s right. Midleton, Co Cork where I lived many a happy year, getting up to all kinds of mischief, but never getting into serious trouble, although I do recall when I was in my Leaving Cert year (final year of High School) that the principal Brother Vaughan said “Cunneen, you are incorrigible.” I might have taken offence if I knew what it meant, but in retrospect, he might have been a teensy bit right.

FK: Did you at that stage have any idea that you would become an author, a motivational business speaker and generate a website about Irish history that is quite blatantly also an effort to sell interesting Irish gifts and promote your book as one of the best selling Irish books.

CC: I guess that might have been a bit of a stretch back then given that Al Gore hadn’t invented the internet at that stage!

FK: You know Gore never really said that.

CC: As many a media person knows, you should never spoil a good story with the truth! But seriously, in Today in Irish History, I do try to be as accurate and objective as possible in presenting short succint snapshots of history.

FK: Where have you difficulty being objective?

CC: The Famine is probably the most obvious example. There really is little you can write to support England’s attitude to Ireland during the Famine apart from the fact that English administrators like Charles Trevelyan thought it was a judgement from God!

The 1916 Rising is an example where viewpoints differ. Quite honestly, it might have gone down only as a historical footnote if Britain had not executed the leaders. Few in Ireland supported the initial rising. It took an appalling PR blunder by English authorities in executing the leaders to truly fan a sense of nationalism that resulted in Irish independence just a few years later.

 

Tags: Best selling Irish books, Irish Gift ideas, Irish gifts for Christmas

Conor Cunneen in conference mode

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