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August 9,

Internment in Northern Ireland. Siege of Limerick Commences on this day in Irish History

August 9: TODAY in Irish History:

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Today in Irish History: Curated by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks

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August 9: TODAY in Irish History:

1690: Siege of Limerick commences when William of Orange encamps just outside the walls of the old city, with an army of about 26,000; the Irish defenders were similar in number thought not nearly as well armed.

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1971: Internment is introduced in Northern Ireland. As violence continued to flare in the North, Unionist Prime Minister  Brian Faulkner was under increasing pressure to halt Republican violence and bombings against the institutions of Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland Prime Minister Brian Faulkner at today in irish history

Northern Ireland Prime Minister Brian Faulkner

A conflict that had simmered, sometimes boiled since the introduction of the Northern Ireland state in 1922 was by now reaping terrible toil.

Just two years previously, the British Army entered Derry to a hero’s reception from the Catholic population which was in fear of Loyalist attacks. This warm reception soon turned to violence as an IRA campaign against “British Occupation” targeted RUC and army personnel in deadly attacks.

The introduction of internment gave the authorities the power to indefinitely detain suspected terrorists without trial. More than 300 Republican suspects were detained in early morning raids.

Faulkner claimed that Northern Ireland was “quite simply at war with the terrorist.” (In the 1940s, Eamonn De Valera in the South of Ireland had also introduced internment against Republicans, many of whom would have fought with Dev and his colleagues during the War of Independence.)

Internment provoked even greater violence in the North.. Exactly what the authorities could have done in the circumstances is difficult to know, but internment proved a recruitment boon to the IRA. Arrests were often made based on outdated information. The internment of innocent Nationalists provoked even greater anger. (This is not to suggest that the majority of those interned were innocent parties.) While the bulk of the violence that prompted internment was IRA based, Loyalist paramilitaries were also involved in violence although none were interned.

In the immediate violence that followed, twelve people including two women would die. Most (if not all) were innocent civilians killed by a British parachute regiment in the Ballymurphy area in what has become known as the Ballymurphy massacre. Those killed included Father Hugh Mullan who had gone to the aid of a wounded parishioner.  In 1972, the British Government announced that control of security and policing would be handled by Westminister and not Faulkner’s government. Later, Stormont would be suspended and direct rule implemented.

Journalist View of Northern Ireland Troubles.

British Soldiers Perception of Northern Ireland Troubles

Excellent page at Museum of Free Derry

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For the Love of Being Irish written by Chicago based Corkman Conor Cunneen and illustrated by Mark Anderson 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

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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.

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March 23,

Josef Locke Irish Tenor. Brian Faulkner N.I. PM

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1846: Ireland is our disgrace

Viscount Howick, Henry Earl Grey speaks in the House of Lords on the state of Ireland and accepts that “Ireland is our disgrace.”

“The evils of that unhappy country are not accidental, not temporary, but chronic and habitual. The state of Ireland is one which is notorious. We know the ordinary condition of that country to be one both of lawlessness and wretchedness. It is so described by every competent authority.

There is not an intelligent foreigner coming to our shores, who turns his attention to the state of Ireland, but who bears back with him such a description. Ireland is the one weak place in the solid fabric of British power—Ireland is the one deep (I had almost said ineffaceable) blot upon the brightness of British honour.

Ireland is our disgrace. It is the reproach, the standing disgrace, of this country, that Ireland remains in the condition she is. It is so regarded throughout the whole civilized world. To ourselves we may palliate it if we will, and disguise the truth; but we cannot conceal it from others. There is not, as I have said, a foreigner—no matter whence he comes, be it from France, Russia, Germany, or America—there is no native of any foreign country different as their forms of government may be, who visits Ireland, and who on his return does not congratulate himself that he sees nothing comparable with the condition of that country at home.

If such be the state of things, how then does it arise, and what is its cause? My Lords, it is only by misgovernment that such evils could have been produced: the mere fact that Ireland is in so deplorable and wretched a condition saves whole volumes of argument, and is of itself a complete and irrefutable proof of the misgovernment to which she has been subjected.”

READ: Viscount Howick speech at Hansard

1917: Josef Locke (born Joseph McLaughlin), one of Ireland’s most popular tenors ever is born in Derry.

Although nearing the end of a very full life, Locke was a staple on Irish TV variety shows during the 60’s singing with an engaging enthusiasm songs such as Hear My Song, Violetta,  probably his most popular work and I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen, Dear Old Donegal, Galway Bay and The Isle of Innisfree.

1971: Tensions continue to rise in Northern Ireland. Following the resignation of Prime Minister James Chichester Clark on March 20th, Brian Faulkner is elected leader of the Ulster Unionist Party and Prime Minister of Northern Ireland. He would be Northern Ireland’s last Prime Minister as the British government would introduce direct rule in 1972 in response to a worsening security situation.

Brian Faulkner N.I. Prime Minister

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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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