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April 25,

Easter Rising 1916 Day 2: On this day in Irish History

April 25: TODAY in Irish History: 1916 Rising – James Connolly 

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Today in Irish History: Curated by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks

Chicago Motivational Humorous Business Speaker, Author and History buff.  

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1916: One day after the Proclamation of the Irish Republic by Patrick Pearse on Easter Monday and a day of limited activity, British authorities start to take action. By the end of the day, 7.000 troops will be moved into Dublin from Belfast and the Curragh.

Martial law is declared by Lord Lieutenant Lord Wimborne and power is handed over to military authorities. Despite its iconic status in history, occupiers of the General Post Office see little direct action, apart from incoming British artillery.

The Rising was not popular with Dublin’s population.

(There are numerous reports that Irish rebel prisoners were booed and harried by Dubliners after the surrender.) Fifteen year old Martin Walton joined the rebellion on Tuesday at Jacob’s factory and describes Dubliners negative reaction to the rebels. ““When I arrived then at Jacob’s the place was surrounded by a howling mob roaring at the Volunteers inside, ‘Come out to France and fight, you lot of so-and-so slackers’. And then I remember the first blood I ever saw shed. There was a big, very, very big tall woman with something very heavy in her hand and she came across and lifted up her hand to make a bang at me. One of the Volunteers upstairs saw this and fired and I just remember seeing her face and head disappear as she went down like a sack. That was my baptism of fire, and I remember my knees nearly going out from under me. I would have sold my mother and father and the Pope just to get out of that bloody place.”

Captain J.C. Bowen-Colthurst

British authorities reacted in a generally restrained manner during the early days of the Rising. Exceptions included Captain J.C. Bowen-Colthurst,  invalided back from the war in Europe who summarily executed a totally innocent 17 year old JJ Coade on Tuesday evening.  Bowen-colthurst was a native of Dripsey, Co. Cork  born to an Anglo-Irish Protestant ascendancy family in 1880.  He arrested two journalists and pacifist Frances Sheehy Skeffington, all of whom would be arbitrarily shot the following day at Bowen-Colthurst’s orders. Bowen-Colthurst would be court-martialed for his actions. He was found guilty but insane, spent a short period in a mental institution and moved to Canada where he died in 1966.

Bowen-Colthurst was a native of Dripsey, Co. Cork  born in 1880 to an Anglo-Irish Protestant ascendancy family.

British mounted troops Dublin 1916

Other Events on This Day in Irish History

1945: Death of Cork born Major League Baseball player Anthony John “Tony” Mullane who was variously named the “Count” and “The Apollo of the Box.” Over  a thirteen year career (1881-1894), he played for seven teams including   St. Louis Browns, Cincinnati Reds and Baltimore Orioles

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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.

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March 2,

Rory Gallagher – Guitar Great. Christy Ring – Hurling Great

March 2: TODAY in Irish History (by IrishmanSpeaks) Twitter Icon

1836: Texas declares its independence from Mexico at a meeting in Washington on the Brazos, Texas. At the time, at least ten Irish born soldiers were fighting at the Alamo (Feb 23-March 6) with Davy Crockett (Irish extraction). All would die four days later.

1933: Dail  votes 71-33 to remove the Oath of Allegiance requirement by TDs to the British crown.

March 2nd is important for two Irish and Cork greats. Blues guitar genius Rory Gallagher and hurling great Christy Ring.

1948: Irish blues guitarist legend Rory Gallagher is born in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal.

Blues great Rory Gallagher

When a wee lad, Rory’s family moved to Cork where he discovered blues music on American Forces Radio. Legend has it that when Jimmi Hendrix was asked what it felt like to be the best guitar player in the world, he responded “I don’t know. Ask Rory Gallagher.” Although almost certainly apocryphal, the story does highlight the legend that the shy unassuming Gallagher became.

Off stage, Gallagher was described as painfully shy, something his adoring audiences found hard to believe. On stage, he was one of the most electrifying artists that ever played a Fender Stratocaster playing marathon concerts of more than three hours, night after night. Gallagher first broke through with Taste (drummer John Wilson, bassist Richard McCracken). The band played a blistering set at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival (where Hendrix also performed), returning for seven encores!

“Artistic differences” saw the demise of this power blues trio, but Gallagher went on to have a lengthy career selling more than thirty millions records in one of the most hard-gigging careers of any music legend.

Artists as diverse as U2’s Edge, Slash and Brian May state that Gallagher was a huge influence on their career.

Although, he toured the US more than twenty times, Gallagher never made it big in the world’s largest market. Some experts attribute this to the fact that he was not interested in developing commercial, radio friendly, three minute material. The gentle giant of Irish blues died in London June 14, 1995 from complications following a liver transplant required as a result of long time alcohol abuse.

1979. Cork’s hurling great and possibly the greatest hurler of all time, Christy Ring went to the great hurling stadium in the sky. Born in Cloyne, Co. Cork, the hurling legend won eight All-Ireland hurling championships in a twenty-five year career with the rebel county.

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. A work that should reside in any list of Best Irish Gift Books, this lavishly illustrated book 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, humorous motivational 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.

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