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April 2,

Titanic Sea Trials. General Sir Bryan Thomas Mahon. Irish Medal of Honor Winner

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1862: Birth  in  County Galway of Sir Bryan Thomas Mahon (d.  29 September 1930), British Army general and Irish Senator.

Mahon had a distinguished military career which included the Boer War and commanding the 10th Division at the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign until he was posted to Egypt May 1916. Later that year he was appointed Commander-in-Chief, Ireland (1916-1918). This British Pathe clip shows Mahon in Ireland.

He was appointed to Seanad Éireann by the President of the Executive Council, William T. Cosgrave, in 1922. This though did not prevent him suffering during the Irish Civil War as his County Kildare property was burned down by anti-Treaty forces in February 1923. He was elected to the Seanad in 1928, and served until his death in 1930.

General Sir Bryan Thomas Mahon

General Sir Bryan Thomas Mahon

 

1871: Birth in County Waterford of Thomas Francis Prendergast who would win the Congressional Medal of Honor “For distinguished conduct in the presence of the enemy in battle while with the Eighth Army Corps, 25, 27, 29 March, and 5 April 1899” during the Phillipine-American War.

 

1912: Titanic sails under her own power for first sea trials, less than TWO weeks before the commencement of her ill fated voyage. She is officially certified as “good for one year from today.”

titanic sea trials april 2

Titanic sea trials April 2, 1912

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For the Love of Being Irish written by Chicago based Corkman Conor Cunneen and illustrated by Mark Anderson which is an A-Z of all things Irish. This is a book that 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

Watch For the Love of Being Irish author Conor Cunneen – IrishmanSpeaks on his Youtube channel IrishmanSpeaks. Laugh and Learn.

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This history is written by Irish author, business keynote speaker and award winning humoristIrishmanSpeaks – 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 IrishmanSpeaksto Laugh and Learn. Tags: Best Irish Gift, Creative Irish Gift, Unique Irish Gifts, Irish Books, Irish Authors, Today in Irish History

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March 29,

Ireland Bans Smoking. Collins-Craig Pact. Peig Sayers on this day in Irish History

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1850: The Dublin Steam Packet Company’s ship SS Royal Adelaide en route from Cork to London, sank in storm on the Tongue Sands, off Margate with the loss of 200 passengers and crew.

1873: Suggested birth day of Irish writer Peig Sayers. Sayers is best known for her autobiography written in the Irish language which was mandated reading for every Irish high school student in the latter part of the 20th century.

1880: Birth of Walter Edward Guinness, 1st Baron Moyne, in Dublin. Moyne served in the Boer and first World War and then entered politics. He was British Minister of State in the Middle East until November 1944, when he was assassinated by Lehi, a militant Jewish Zionist group. Although the Zionist movement distanced themselves initially from the killing, the executed assassins’ bodies were repatriated to Israel in 1975 where they were buried with full military honors.

1922: Representatives of the Free State Provisional government and the Northern Ireland government meet over two days to try and agree a working relationship and reduce the appalling carnage and sectarian deaths in Northern Ireland. An estimated two hundred civilians were killed in Belfast in sectarian conflict in the first six month of 1922. The meeting (so called Collins-Craig Pact) involved Michael Collins and NI PM Sir James Craig. Efforts to introduce a more balanced police force in nationalist areas and a reduction in IRA activity ultimately proved futile.

1979: Smoking is banned in all work places in Ireland. Ireland is the first country to introduce what some perceived as draconian legislation. Despite the Irish reputation as being rebellious, the legislation was effective and accepted almost universally. A number of publicans made half hearted efforts to fight the legislation through the courts. The legislation was sponsored primarily by the corrupt Minister for Health  Charles Haughey who later that year would assume the role of Taoiseach.

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

BUY Quality Quality Guinness and Ireland Rugby Shirts
Guinness Rugby Shirts - Brilliant!Rugby Shirt - Ireland


For the Love of Being Irish written by Chicago based Corkman Conor Cunneen and illustrated by Mark Anderson which is an A-Z of all things Irish. This is a book that 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

Watch For the Love of Being Irish author Conor Cunneen – IrishmanSpeaks on his Youtube channel IrishmanSpeaks. Laugh and Learn.

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This history is written by Irish author, business keynote speaker and award winning humoristIrishmanSpeaks – 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 IrishmanSpeaksto Laugh and Learn. Tags: Best Irish Gift, Creative Irish Gift, Unique Irish Gifts, Irish Books, Irish Authors, Today in Irish History