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September 9,

Tom Kettle, The Unknown Great Irishman at Today in Irish History

September 9: TODAY in Irish History:

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Tom Kettle at today in Irish history

Tom Kettle 1880-1916

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Conor is a Chicago based Motivational Humorous Business Speaker, Author and History buff.

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1806: Irish Supreme Court Justice William Paterson

Death of Antrin born William Paterson, a signatory of the U.S. Constitution and a Supreme Court Justice. Patterson’s family emigrated when he was a child. He went on to become the first Attorney General of New Jersey and a governor of the state.

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William Patterson 1745-1806

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1916: The Forgotten Visionary. Brave Tom Kettle 1880-1916

Death during the Battle of the Somme of a largely forgotten figure of Irish nationalism, but a giant in his day, Tom Kettle – poet, writer, war correspondent, visionary and barrister. The preface to his posthumously published book The Ways of War states “Kettle was one of the most brilliant figures both in the Young Ireland and Young Europe of his time.”

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Tom Kettle at today in Irish history
Tom Kettle 1880-1916

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Kettle was one of thousands of Irishmen who joined the British Army to fight for the freedom of small nations, but he had little time for England’s role in Ireland. As a student, he protested the playing of God Save the Queen at the conferring of Degrees. During the Boer War where many Irish died, he distributed anti-recruiting leaflets for a war that as so often happened saw Irish fight Irish.

In 1912, he was an early member of the fledgling Irish Volunteers and was in Belgium attempting to source arms for the nationalist cause when war broke out. His reaction to the German atrocities he witnessed inflamed him.

He wrote in August 1914 “This war is without parallel. Britain, France, Russia, enter it, purged from their past sins of domination. France is right now as she was wrong in 1870, England is right now as she was wrong in the Boer War, Russia is right now as she was wrong on Bloody Sunday.”

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Tom Kettle at today in Irish History
Bust of Tom Kettle – Stephen’s Green Dublin

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Tom Kettle: The Visionary

Kettle was also a visionary and one who saw Ireland not in a narrow nationalistic role as De Valera would try to define it, but  one whose “only programme for Ireland consists in equal parts of Home Rule and the Ten Commandments. My only counsel to Ireland is, that to become deeply Irish, she must become European.” That truly was (unfortunately) a revolutionary concept when he wrote it in 1916.

“There is a vision of Ireland,” he wrote in 1915, “better than that which sees in it only a cockpit, or eternal skull-cracking Donnybrook Fair–a vision that sees the real enemies of the nation to be ignorance, poverty, disease; and turning away from the ashes of dead hatreds, sets out to accomplish the defeat of these real enemies. Out of this disastrous war, we may pluck, as France and Belgium have plucked, the precious gift of national unity.”

Kettle was a superb orator and political wit sometimes. During a second reading of one of the numerous Women’s Suffrage Bills, ‘Mr. Speaker,’ he said in his rich Dublin accent and almost drawling intonation, ‘they say that if we admit women here as members, the House will lose in mental power.’ He flung a finger round the packed benches: ‘Mr. Speaker,’ he continued, ‘it is impossible.’

One of his political opponents was a “brilliant calamity.”

In a beautiful tribute to him in a French journal,L’Opinion, the writer says: “All parties bowed in sorrow over his grave, for in last analysisthey were all Irish, and they knew that in losing him, whether he was friend or enemy,they had lost a true son of Ireland. A son of Ireland? He was more. He was Ireland! He had fought for all the aspirations of his race, for Independence, for Home Rule, for the Celtic Renaissance, for a United Ireland, for the eternal Cause of Humanity. . . . He died, a hero in the uniform of a British soldier, because he knew that the faults of a period or of a man should not prevail against the cause of right or liberty.”

Source for Quotes: The Ways of War by Tom Kettle. FREE Download of The Ways of War at Archive.org

Just days before his death, Kettle wrote The Gift of Love, a poem for his infant daughter that he never saw.

THE GIFT OF LOVE

In wiser days, my darling rosebud, blown

To beauty proud as was your mother’s prime –

In that desired, delayed incredible time

You’ll ask why I abandoned you, my own,

And the dear breast that was your baby’s throne

To dice with death, and, oh! They’ll give you rhyme

And reason; one will call the thing sublime,

And one decry it in a knowing tone.

So here, while the mad guns curse overhead,

And tired men sigh, with mud for couch and floor,

Know that we fools, now with the foolish dead,

Died not for Flag, nor King, nor Emperor,

But for a dream, born in a herdsman’s shed,

And for the Secret Scripture of the poor.

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Kettle is memorialized at the Island of Ireland Peace Park, Messine Belgium. A stone tablet features one of his quotes “So here, while the mad guns curse overhead, and tired men sigh, with mud for couch and floor, know that we fools, now with the foolish dead, died not for Flag, nor King, nor Emperor, but for a dream born in a herdsman’s shed, and for the sacred scripture of the poor.”

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July 26,

Irish Air Ace Mick Mannock – Danny La Rue – Howth Gun Running –

July 26: TODAY in Irish History:

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Edward "Mick" Mannock

WWI Fighter Ace, Cork born “Mick” Mannock

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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1914: Howth Gun Running

Irish Citizen Army members led by Countess Markievicz bring guns into Howth Harbour aboard the Asgard, in what some saw as purely a publicity stunt to rival a much heralded arms importation by the Ulster Volunteer Force some weeks earlier. A significantly larger consignment was smuggled into Ireland the following month in the Wicklow area. The Howth gun running exercise developed into a level of tragic farce. British forces confiscated a limited number of guns which astonishingly were later returned because they had been confiscated illegally! Tragedy occurred when British troops returning to barracks after the arms capture, opened fire on a hostile, jeering crowd killing three civilians in Bachelor’s Walk, Dublin.

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1918: Air Ace “Mick” Mannock

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World War I Air Ace Edward “Mick” Mannock is killed when his plane is brought down by enemy fire. The Ballincollig, Co. Cork born pilot was probably the highest scoring British air ace of the war with 61 confirmed “kills” and some sources suggesting he brought down 73 German planes.

Mannock did not join the Royal Flying Corp (later RAF) until 1917. He was a conflicted character who although almost blind in one eye, managed to pass a vision test! His early days in aviation were, difficult even initially it seems, being tainted with cowardice by his colleagues, a perception he soon laid to rest as he developed fierce anti-German feelings. “I wish Kaiser Bill could have seen him sizzle.” Mannock was a gifted pilot and teacher who probably was suffering from severe combat stress during the latter months of his life.

Mannock won the Military Cross twice, three Distinguished Service Orders, and posthumously the Victoria Cross.

See AcePilots

Excellent article at History.net

See also: King of Airfighters: The Biography of Major “Mick” Mannock, VC, DSO MC by Ira Jones

Edward “Mick” Mannock 1887-1918

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1927: Danny La Rue

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Entertainer Danny La Rue is born Daniel Patrick Carroll in Cork. La Rue would become one of the biggest stars of British stage and TV, performing in drag mimicking almost every high profile female star and politician of the day including Margaret Thatcher, Elizabeth Taylor and Joan Collins. He died in 2009.

His accolades included: OBE, Royal Variety Performance appearances, Variety Club of Great Britain Showbiz Personality of the Year (1969), Theatre Personality of the Year (1970), Entertainer of the Decade (1979).

See Danny La Rue obituary.

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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.

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