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November 11,

Ned Kelly Executed. Irish in World War I. George Bernard Shaw – Nobel Literature Prize at Today in Irish History

November 11: TODAY in Irish History:

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Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks

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

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1880: Australian Bushwhacker Ned Kelly Executed

Ned Kelly 1854-1855 Australian Irish bushranger and outlaw

Ned Kelly 1854-1855

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Ned Kelly, outlaw, folk hero and quite probably simply a cold blooded police killer  of Irish parentage is executed. Kelly was born in Victoria to an Irish convict father. The Australian Dictionary of Biography states Kelly was “the eldest son of John (Red) Kelly and his wife Ellen, née Quinn. John Kelly was born in Tipperary, Ireland, in 1820 and sentenced in 1841 to seven years’ transportation for stealing two pigs. He arrived in Van Diemen’s Land in 1842.”

Kelly is famous in folklore for the metal army plate and helmet he wore when captured the previous June 28th. Mick Jagger played Ned Kelly in the 1970 movie of the same name.

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1918: The Irish in World War I

End of World War I. More than 200,000 Irish troops fought in the British army over the four years of conflict. An estimated 30,000 Irishmen died during the war.

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Dublin Fusiliers World War I

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Participation in the British army, at the time and since, was a divisive factor in Irish politics. Some ardent Irish nationalists who fought in the War of Irish Independence against Britain, served in the army believing the war was being fought for the betterment of “small nations.” The majority who fought were from loyalist Ulster, but many from nationalist Ireland served including County Cork born, Michael O’Leary who was one of 37 Irish soldiers to win the Victoria Cross in World War I. George Bernard Shaw’s play O’Flaherty VC – A Recruiting Pamphlet was based on O’Leary’s heroics.

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The first Victoria Cross awarded for World War I was to Westmeath-born Maurice Dease

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Download: Free ebook O’Flaherty VC – A Recruiting Pamphlet

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Cork born Michael O'Leary Irish VC winner

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In Messines, Belgium The Island of Ireland Peace Park was officially opened at 11:00 hours on 11th November 1998 by the then President of Ireland Mary McAleese in the presence of HM Queen Elizabeth II and King Albert II of Belgium.

SEE: Island of Ireland Peace Park

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READ: Ireland’s Great War by John Morrissey (PDF which may take some time to download)

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READ: Ireland and World War I

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1925: George Bernard Shaw Wins Nobel Prize for Literature

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George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950

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Born in Dublin in 1856, Shaw is the only person to received both a Nobel Prize in Literature and an Oscar (1938), for his work on the film Pygmalion (adaptation of his play of the same name.

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Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller in Pygmalion
Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller in George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion

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An ardent socialist, Shaw wanted to refuse his Nobel Prize outright because he had no desire for public honors, but accepted it at his wife’s behest: she considered it a tribute to Ireland. Somewhat ironically, the Nobel Prize site states “At the banquet, Mr. Shaw’s thanks were presented by the British Ambassador, Sir Arthur Grant Duff, who expressed particular appreciation of the fact that the Prize given to Mr. Shaw would be used to strengthen the cultural relations between Sweden and Great Britain.”

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READ: George Bernard Shaw Nobel Prize Award Ceremony Speech

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This history is written by Irish author, business keynote 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 IrishmanSpeaks to Laugh and Learn.

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October 10,

Father Mathew. Sinking of R.M.S.Leinster. B-Specials disbanded. Today in Irish History

October 10: TODAY in Irish History:

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Curated by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks

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

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1790: Father Theobald Mathew

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Father Theobald Mathew

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Theobald Mathew, founder of the The Total Abstinence Association is born in County Tipperary. Father Mathew encouraged people to take the following pledge: I promise to abstain from all intoxicating drinks except used medicinally and by order of a medical man and to discountenance the cause and practice of intemperance.

The Catholic Encyclopedia states: “In 1838 came the crisis of his life. Drunkenness had become widespread, and was the curse of all classes in Ireland. Temperance efforts had failed to cope with the evil, and after much anxious thought and prayer, in response to repeated appeals from William Martin, a Quaker, Father Mathew decided to inaugurate a total abstinence movement. On 10 April, 1838, the first meeting of the Cork Total Abstinence Society was held in his own schoolhouse. He presided, delivered a modest address, and took the pledge himself. Then with the historic words, “Here goes in the Name of God”, he entered his signature in a large book lying on the table.”

READ: Profile of Father Mathew

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1918: Sinking of RMS Leinster

Over five hundred die in the Irish sea following the sinking of the R.M.S. Leinster by U-boat 123. The Leinster was operating as a passenger ship and mail boat, although most, most of those who died were soldiers returning from leave, many of them Irishmen who fought in the British Army in World War I.

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Sinking of rms leinster

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The excellent website www.rmsLeinster.com provides rich detail on the sinking and some of those who died including “The Reverend John R. Bartley LL. B. (Trinity College, Dublin) of the Presbyterian Church, Tralee, County Kerry was on his way to visit his seriously wounded son when he was lost on the R.M.S. Leinster.  His body was recovered and buried on 15 October 1918 in the Protestant Plot, near the main path, in the New Cemetery, Tralee, County Kerry.

Sergeant William Bartley, 150790, 52nd Battalion (Manitoba Regiment) Canadian Expeditionary Force, died of his wounds in a military hospital in Tooting, south London, on 16 October 1918.  William Bartley was born on 2 February 1893 at Carnone, County Donegal.”

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Donegal born William Bartley. Photo courtesy http://www.rmsleinster.com

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1969: Abolition of B Specials

The British government announces the abolition of the Ulster Special Constabulary, know as the ‘B Specials’. The part-time members of the  ‘B Specials’ were generally perceived as a  loyalist gang of thugs by the Catholic / Nationalist minority.

The announcement was received with dismay by militant loyalists including the Rev Ian Paisley who described it as “an absolute sell-out to the republicans and the so-called civil rights movement which is only a smokescreen for the republican movement”.

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1999: Rugby World Cup in Ireland

Ireland beaten by Australia in Rugby World Cup at Lansdowne Road, Dublin: 23-3. Ireland would qualify for the quarter finals of the World defeating the United States and Romania in its other group games. Argentina would narrowly win the quarter-final game 28-24

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This history is written by Irish author, business keynote 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 IrishmanSpeaks to Laugh and Learn.

Tags: Best Irish Gift, Creative Irish Gift, Unique Irish Gifts, Irish Books, Irish Authors, Today in Irish History TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by IrishmanSpeaks)