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October 5,

Moss Keane. Guildford Pub Bombing. Northern Ireland Civil Rights March Attacked. Brian O’Nolan. Today in Irish History

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

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1911: Brian O’Nolan (Flann O’Brien) is born.

One of Ireland’s finest writers and satirists, but maybe not as well known as he should be – Brian O’Nolan (better known as Flann O’Brien or Myles na gCopaleen) is born in Strabane, County Tyrone.

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Flann O'Brien - one of the great irish gifts to literature

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READ: Irish Times Profile of Brian O’Nolan

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Eamonn Morrissey recites Brian O’Nolan’s A Pint of Plain

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Eamonn Morrissey: Excerpt from At Swim Two Birds by Brian O’Nolan

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1968: Northern Ireland Civil Rights March – The Start of the Troubles.

A peaceful march in Derry, organized by the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association is broken up by police using batons and water cannon. This clash is effectively the opening salvo in the major troubles to engulf Northern Ireland for the next three decades. The march was

organised by the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) in protest at discrimination against the majority Nationalist (Catholic) population in Derry by the Protestant Unionist-controlled local authority.Nationalist Labour MP Gerry Fitt (who was himself injured in the disturbance) said “I was a marked man before the march started. These were stormtrooper tactics at their worst. They hit me once, but that wasn’t enough – they had to have another go, and this was the cause of the wound which had to be stitched.”

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Civil Rights poster 1968 derry londonderry

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1974: Five Die in Guildford Pub Bombings

Five people (four soldiers and one civilian) die and more than fifty are injured when the IRA detonates two bombs in Guildford England. Guildford is an army garrison town. The dreadful bombings led to another long running saga and miscarriage of justice.

In October 1975 Paul Hill, Gerald Conlon, Patrick Armstrong and Carole Richardson were convicted of murder and other charges and given life sentences. Despite the fact that a number of IRA men, later arrested, admitted to the bombings, it would be fifteen years before the “Guildford Four” could prove their innocence.

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the Guildford Four

The Guildford Four

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READ: Police Statements re Guildford Bombing

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2010: Death of Rugby Great Moss Keane

Moss Keane, one of the most loveable (and effective) lugs to play rugby for Ireland dies age 62 from cancer. The great Scottish rugby commentator Bill McClaren referred to Moss Keane in his prime: “Maurice Ignatius Keane. 18 and half stone of prime Irish beef on the hoof, I don’t know about the opposition but he frightens the living daylights out of me.”

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moss keane irish rugby international

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Keane won 51 caps during a 10-year Test career and toured New Zealand with the 1977 British and Irish Lions. He was also a member of the Munster team which beat the All Blacks in LImerick October 31, 1978.

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Interview with Moss Keane

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READ: Profile of Moss Keane

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SEE: Moss Keane’s Career in Pictures

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April 1,

St. Clair Augustine Mulholland, Dail Eireann Second Meeting, Brian O’Nolan

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1839: Birth of St. Clair Augustine Mulholland (d. Feb 17, 1910) in Lisburn, Co. Antrim. Mulholland was brevetted to Brigadier General  in the Union Army in the American Civil War and was awarded the  Medal of Honor for gallantry at the Battle of Chancellorsville. He was part of Thomas Francis Meagher’s famous Irish Brigade at the Battle of Fredericksburg.

St Clair Mulholland

County Antrim born St. Clair Mulholland

Mulholland  was wounded during the charge at Marye’s Heights. He was one of the lucky ones surviving an assault that decimated the Irish Brigade. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism during the Battle of Chancellorsville 4-5 May 1863 with 116th Pennsylvania Infantry. The citatation reads: “In command of the picket line held the enemy in check all night to cover the retreat of the Army.”

Writing in his memoirs about Chancellorsville, Mulholland vividly recounts the death of colleague Major John Lynch who was reduced to an “unrecognizable mass of quivering flesh and bones” after being hit by a Confederate shell.

Following the Civil War, he continued to make a major contribution to US society becoming Chief of Police in Philadelphia in 1868.

1912: Just 9 days before her scheduled departure, the Titanic sea trials are postponed due to severe weather on the River Lagan.

Titanic sea trials April 2

1919: Second Meeting of the first Dail. (First meeting January 21) at which Éamon de Valera is elected President and Michael Collins, Minister for Finance. Other appointments for a parliament Britain did not recognize were:

Minister for Home Affairs Arthur Griffith

Minister for Foreign Affairs Count Plunkett

Minister for Defence Cathal Brugha

Minister for Labour Constance Markiewicz

Minister for Local Government W. T. Cosgrave

Minister for Industries Eoin MacNeill

Minister for Irish Seán T. O’Kelly

1966: Death of Irish satirist, author and playwright Brian O’Nolan, better known as Myles na gCopaleen or Flann O’Brien.

Flann O'Brien - one of the great irish gifts to literature

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