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November 17,

Today in Irish History: Confederate General Joseph Finnegan, Brian Lenihan, Luke Kelly

TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by For the Love of Being Irish)

1814:  Joseph Finegan who served as a General in the Confederate Army and was victorious at the Battle of Olustee  is born in County Monaghan.

Confederate General Joseph Finnegan

Monaghan born Joseph Finegan

1930: Brian Lenihan born. Lenihan was a hugely popular Fianna Fail politician who served as Tánaiste, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Justice. Lenihan was famous for defending the indefensible whenever Fianna Fail was in trouble. Lenihan is one of many Irish who have been the subject of the very clever line “”like a lighthouse in the Bog of Allen, brilliant but useless”. He was defeated by Mary Robinson in the election for President of Ireland in 1990.

1940: Luke Kelly, beloved member of The Dubliners is born. This image of Luke Kelly appears in For the Love of Being Irish.

Ronnie Drew and Luke Kelly

Luke Kelly (right) and Ronnie Drew

1974: Erskine Childers, fourth President of Ireland, dies. In a lengthy and distinguished career as a TD, Childers role in cabinet included Minister for Posts and Telegraphs, Minister for Transport and Power and Minister for Health. His father Robert Erskine Childers was executed by Irish Government forces in the Civil War.

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