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February 10,

Danny Blanchflower – Charles Kickham Jailed – The Act of Union 1800

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Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks 

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1800: The Act of Union

The House of Lords votes for the Act of Union which sees Ireland lose its own parliament, direct rule is imposed on Ireland and “the united kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland” is created.

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1865: Charles Kickham Jailed

Sentenced to fourteen years hard labor for treason, Irish nationalist and Fenian Charles Kickham is incarcerated in Pentonville Prison. He was released in 1869, partly due to ill health.

Charles Kickham

Kickham was a contributor to the Irish People, the organ of the Fenian movement, the Irish Republican Brotherhood which the English authorities deemed seditious. He also authored a number of novels including the critically acclaimed Knocknagow. Suffering from ill-health, he was released from prison in 1869.

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1926: Danny Blanchflower born in Belfast

One of the finest soccer players ever to play for Northern Ireland, Danny Blanchflower is born in Belfast.

Danny Blanchflower with fellow soccer great George Best
Danny Blanchflower with fellow soccer great George Best

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Blanchflower played 56 times for Northern Ireland but is probably best known as Captain of the great Tottenham Hotspur double winning team of 1961. Spurs were the first team to win the coveted double of league championship and FA Cup in the 20th century.

Blanchflower’s younger brother Jackie who played with Manchester United survived the Munich disaster, but never recovered sufficiently to add to the twelve caps he won for Northern Ireland.

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Danny Blanchflower Playing with Northern Ireland

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1994: Dominic “Mad Dog” McClinchey Shot to Death

Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) member and self confessed participant in more than thirty killings, Dominic “Mad Dog” McClinchey dies in a hail of bullets while making a phone call in Drogheda. No one was ever convicted of his murder.

READ: Obituary Dominic McClinchey

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August 2,

Actor Peter O’Toole. Last Day of Irish Parliament. Physicist John Tyndall. Hunger Striker Kieran Doherty. Today in Irish History

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1800: Following the passing of the Act of Union the previous day which abolished the Irish Parliament, the Irish House of Commons meets for the last time. It would be more than one hundred twenty years before Ireland would again have legislative autonomy.

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1820: Physicist John Tyndall is born in Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow. He was was one of the most influential scientists of the second half of the nineteenth century. “Tyndall is perhaps most famous for arguing that only naturalistic explanations should figure in science, and that theistic explanations therefore had no role to play.” (That explanation is from York University, Canada.)

He spent some time in Germany as a young man which “turned Tyndall into something of a naturphilosophisch romantic pantheist.” (That is from Victorianweb.org )

Tyndall’s influence on his field can be gauged by the number of organizations that bear his name including the Tyndall Center for Climate Change Research, the John Tyndall Institute for Nuclear Research and the Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork.

Physicist John Tyndall at Today in Irish History

Physicist John Tyndall 1820-1893

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 1932: Actor Peter O’Toole is born(probably) in Connemara although he does admit to uncertainty as to his birthplace. This illustration of Peter O’Toole by Mark Anderson is from For the Love of Being I

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O’Toole became a hugely successful and sometimes a hugely boisterous actor who “liked a drink.” The actor is best known for his starring role as T.E. Lawrence in David Lean’s epic Lawrence of Arabia.

Accolades include four Golden Globes, a BAFTA, an Emmy, and was the recipient of an Honorary Academy Award in 2003 for his body of work, some consolation for the unenviable record he holds of eight Academy nominations without a win.

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1981: IRA hunger strikers are now dying at an alarming rate. Kieran Doherty is the eight person to die in an attempt to gain political recognition. He had been on hunger strike for seventy three days, the longest period any of the strikers survived. Doherty was serving an eighteen year sentence for possession of firearms and explosives. The emotion which the hunger strike evoked in the Republic of Ireland can be gauged by the fact that the ailing, imprisoned Doherty was elected TD for Cavan Monaghan just weeks before his death.

Hunger striker Kieran Doherty on this day in irish history

Hunger striker Kieran Doherty

See blog by Sinn Fein member Matt Carthy on 30th anniversary of Doherty’s death.

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