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May 15,

“Da Mare” Richard J. Daley – Father Flanagan of Boys Town – Jerry Quarry at Today in Irish History

May 15 :TODAY in Irish History:

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Father Flanagan 1886-1948

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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1829: Daniel O’Connell Refuses to take Oath of Supremacy

Roman Catholic Daniel O’Connell attempts to take his seat in the  House of Commons. He refuses to take the Oath of Supremacy which stated “the sacrifice of the Mass, and the invocation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and other saints, as now practiced in the Church of Rome, are impious and idolatrous.”

O’Connell refused the oath stating “I decline, Mr. Clerk, to take this oath: part of it I know to be false; another part I believe not to be true.”

Daniel O’Connell refusing to take oath

Solicitor-General Nicholas Conyngham Tindal moved that his seat be declared vacant and another election ordered; O’Connell was elected unopposed on 30 July 1829. Following the introduction of The Catholic Relief Act of 1829, O’Connell was able to take his seat in Parliament.

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1847: Death of Daniel O’Connell

Eighteen years after refusing to take the Oath of Supremacy, Daniel O’Connell – The Great Emancipator – dies in Genoa age 71. O’Connell was the prime mover in attaining Catholic Emancipation – allowing Catholics to sit in Parliament.

Daniel O’Connell was born in Cahirciveen, Co Kerry. O’Connell would go on to be one of the most important figures in Irish political and Catholic civil rights history.

O’Connell was a rock star politician and fine orator who drew huge crowds. His actions, and the concerns of Prime Minister Duke of Wellington (born Dublin 1769) that the continued refusal to provide the vote to Catholics would generate further unrest ensured the passing of the Catholic Emancipation Act. O’Connell was so popular that King George IV complained “‘O’Connell! God damn the scoundrel.’ Oh, the Duke of Wellington is King of England, O’Connell is King of Ireland and I suppose I am only considered as Dean of Windsor’.

Daniel O’Connell originally won a by-election in County Clare in 1828 defeating William Vesey Fitzgerald. but was not allowed take his seat refusing to swear an Oath of Supremacy that was incompatible with his Catholic faith.

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Daniel O'Connell
Daniel O’Connell 1775-1847

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Page on Daniel O’Connell in FOR THE LOVE OF BEING IRISH. by Conor Cunneen. Illustrations by Mark Anderson

Page on Daniel O’Connell in FOR THE LOVE OF BEING IRISH.

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READ: Detailed Biography of O’Connell at History of Parliament

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1902: Richard J. Daley – “Da Mare”

Richard J. Daley 1972-1976

Richard J. Daley, who would go on to become “Da Mare” of Chicago is born. Daley’s ancestors left Ireland at the time of the famine, settling in Chicago, a city that he ruled with an iron fist in his time as Mayor from 1955-1976. Daley was one of the last old style politicians (although some would say his son Richard M. Daley followed suit) who doled out favors and positions to friends, colleagues and cronies. His handling of the Democratic Convention riots of 1968 was a very public blot on his profile as Chicago police engaged in what was described as a “police riot.” Daley’s response was “The confrontation was not caused by the police. The confrontation was caused by those who charged the police. Gentlemen, let’s get this thing straight, once and for all. The policeman is not here to create disorder. The policeman is here to preserve disorder.”

Daley’s speaking style provided a font of humor for comedians and satirists. In For the Love of Being Irish, author Conor Cunneen quotes Daley as saying of how he had been treated by critics: “They have vilified me, they have crucified me; yes, they have even criticized me.”

Daley is often credited with stealing the election for John Fitzgerald Kennedy in 1960 by ensuring the democratic candidate won Illinois. While there may be some truth that a number of Kennedy supporters voted early and often, Illinois was not critical. Even had the vote gone the other way and the states 27 Electoral College votes went to Nixon, Kennedy had sufficient electoral college votes, as his final victory margin was 303 to Nixon’s 219.

Richard J. Daley Telephone Conversation with JFK

Daley’s ability to make things happen are evidenced in a telephone conversation he had with JFK on October 28th, 1963 in relation to civil rights legislation the President was pushing.

JFK: (IL. Democratic Congressman) Roland Libonati is sticking it right up us.

Daley: Is, he is?

JFK: Yeah, because he’s standing with the extreme liberals who are gonna end up with no bill at all. Then when we put together, uh, he’ll, gonna vote for the extreme bill. Then I asked him, “If you’ll vote for this package which we got together with the Republicans which gives us about everything we wanted,” and he says, “No.”

Daley: Daley: He’ll vote for it. He’ll vote for any goddamned thing you want….. That’s better. But he’ll do it. The last time I, I told him, “Now look it, I don’t give a goddamned what it is, you vote for, for anything the President wants and this is the way it will be and this is the way we want it and that’s the way it’s gonna be.”

Daley and JFK - 1963   AP
Daley and JFK – 1963                                 

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LISTEN to Daley / Kennedy Phone Conversation

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Daley on 1968 Chicago Riots

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1945: Boxer “Irish” Jerry Quarry

Jerry Quarry

Birth of heavyweight boxer “Irish” Jerry Quarry who is the only fighter to have fought Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier twice. He lost each fight and was virtually a punch bag for Ali in his second fight. Quarry was voted the most popular boxer in the sport by Boxing Illustrated for three years running 1968-1970, partly because he was promoted as the “Great White Hope.” Quarry was a very brave fighter as many YouTube videos will attest, but he paid a brutal price for twenty-eight years in the ring and a record of 53-9-4, suffering from dementia pugilistica before his death.

The first clip highlights one of Quarry’s best performances against Ernie Shavers.

This clip shows Quarry being outclassed by “Irishman” Muhammad Ali with commentary by broadcaster and commentator Eamonn Andrews

Quarry was never a great boxer, but he never gave up.

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READ: A Boxing Fan’s Perspective on Jerry Quarry

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1948: Death of Father Flanagan

Roscommon born Father Edward J. Flanagan (b. 1886), founder of Boys Town dies while travelling in Germany. He was a true friend to children in need who stated ““There are no bad boys. There is only bad environment, bad training, bad example, bad thinking.”

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Roscommon born Father Flanagan

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The website www.boystown.org says “On December 12, 1917, Father Flanagan opened his first Boys’ Home in a run-down Victorian mansion in downtown Omaha. In 1921, the Boys’ Home moved to Overlook Farm, its present location near 139th and West Dodge Road. Father Flanagan and Boys Town became internationally known with the help of the 1938 movie, “Boys Town.” He became an acknowledged expert in the field of child care, and toured the United States discussing his views on juvenile delinquency.”

Flanagan’s great work was portrayed (in a very Hollywood style) in Boys Town starring Spencer Tracy who was of Irish extraction.

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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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February 17,

Daniel O’Connell on the Famine – La Mon Restaurant Massacre – Brenda Fricker

February 17: 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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 1846: Daniel O’Connell speaks about the Famine

In the House of Commons, Daniel O’Connell warns about the dangers of famine. “It was certain that there was a fearful prospect of a most calamitous season before the people of Ireland. The extent of that calamity had been disputed, and there had been a time when there was a prospect of some portion of it being possibly averted……….. The calamity was pressing, was imminent—more pressing, more imminent, and more fearful than that House was aware of. In order to understand it, it was right that the House should be made aware of the state of Ireland before the calamity, had impended.”

The level of poverty in Ireland was evidenced by further comments from O’Connell, “The last Population Returns of 1841 showed that, out of the whole rural population of Ireland, 46 per cent lived in a single room; the entire human family and the pigs occupied the same apartment together. The next fact was, that of the civil population—that is, of the inhabitants of towns—36 per cent lived in a single room, and that two or three families sometimes occupied the same room.”

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Daniel O’Connell 1775-1847

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1945Academy award winning actress Brenda Fricker

Brenda Fricker with Oscar
Brenda Fricker with Oscar

Brenda Fricker is born in Dublin. Fricker won the 1989 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Christy Brown’s mother in My Left Foot.  The movie was a triumph for Irish film making. Daniel Day Lewis won best actor for his portrayal of the disabled Brown while director Jim Sheridan received numerous Best Director nominations at various film festivals.

BRENDA FRICKER’S OSCAR WINNING PERFORMANCE

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1978: La Mon Hotel Bombing – IRA Bomb Kills Twelve Protestants

In one of the worst atrocities of the Northern Ireland conflict, the IRA plants an incendiary device at the La Mon House Hotel near Belfast killing twelve civilians (all Protestants) and seriously injuring more than twenty others. At the time, the IRA had a policy of bombing commercial premises with loyalist / unionist affiliation and in general providing “adequate” warning.  In the La Mon incident, only nine minutes warning was provided  where patrons were enjoying the annual dinner dance of the Irish Collie Club. Gasoline canisters ignited by a small bomb caused an immediate fireball, burning many people beyond recognition. The following day the IRA  “apologized” for the deaths.

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Inquiry Call into La Mon Bombing

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La Mon Massacre Documentary

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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)