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January 17,

Douglas Hyde, First President – Teebane Massacre – United Irishman William Sampson

January 17: TODAY in Irish History:

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Douglas Hyde First President of Ireland

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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1764: William Sampson – United Irishman

William Sampson 1734-1836
William Sampson 1734-1836

United Irishman, William Sampson is born the son of a Presbyterian clergyman in Derry. A distinguished lawyer and author, he would die in New York in 1836.

Sampson was one of many non-Catholics who were disturbed by the level of discrimination and violence against members of the Catholic faith. As a lawyer, he defended United Irishmen for anti-British actions before being arrested himself. Expelled from Ireland, he settled in American in 1806. His most lasting impact on American judicial law was when he won a judgment accepting the confidentiality of the confessional. He published his Memoirs in 1807, and a work on the Catholic Question in America in 1813.

The opening lines of Salmon’s Memoirs read:

“At length, I take up my pen….. to give you the history of my extraordinary persecution. From it you may form a judgment of that system of government which drove the unhappy people of Ireland to revolt. But, to judge rightly, you should also be aware, that of many thousand such cases, mine is one of- the most mild.”

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1922: Douglas Hyde, First President of Ireland

Douglas Hyde is born at Longford House in Castlerea in County Roscommon. He was an ardent supporter of the Irish language and was one of the founders of the Gaelic League in 1893, an organization dedicated to the preservation of Irish culture and language, something which had been decimated during the previous two hundred years of British rule.

Douglas Hyde First President of Ireland
Douglas Hyde First President of Ireland

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In 1938, Hyde was elected unopposed as first President of Ireland. The presidency is primarily an honorary role carrying little executive authority

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Douglas Hyde following his inauguration

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SEETheJournal.ie for a wonderful set of images of Hyde’s Inauguration.

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1992: Teebane Massacre: IRA Kills 8 Protestants.

An IRA bomb kills eight Protestant builders on their way to work at an Army base near Teebane, County Tyrone. The IRA justification was the workers were “collaborating” with “the forces of occupation. The horrible tragedy also elicited a major PR gaffe by Northern Ireland Secretary of State  Peter Brooke. That evening, following the atrocity, Brooke appeared on The Late Late Show, Dublin and Ireland’s most popular talk show. After condemning the dreadful attack, he then at the invitation of host Gay Byrne sang his favorite song My Darling Clementine, an effort for which he received much criticism and enraged Unionist politicians. Despite this political gaffe, Brooke had made strenuous efforts to move the peace process along. Brooke later revealed that he had offered his resignation over the matter which at the time was not accepted. He was removed as Secretary of State later in the year.

As with much of what happened in Northern Ireland, a terrible vengeance was wreaked. On February 5th, Loyalist gunmen opened fire in a bookie (betting) shop in Belfast killing five Catholics.

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January 1,

Annie Moore at Ellis Island – RTE Radio – Sean South of Garryowen at Today in Irish History

January 1: TODAY in Irish History:

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Annie Moore statue -Ellis Island

Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks 

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1892: Annie Moore and Ellis Island

Annie Moore and siblings statue in Cobh, Co. Cork.

Fourteen year old Annie Moore together with her younger brothers Anthony and Phillip are the first official immigrants to be processed through Ellis Island.  Annie was one of 148 steerage passengers who departed from Queenstown (now Cobh, County Cork, ) on December 20, 1891 aboard the S.S. Nevada arriving in New York on Thursday evening, December 31. They were processed through Ellis Island the following morning. The three young ‘uns were reunited with their parents who were already living in New York.

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Image thought to be that of Annie Moore and siblings at Ellis Island

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1926: The Forerunner of RTE

2RN, the forerunner of RTE, the Irish national broadcasting service commences broadcasting from a studio at 36 Little Denmark Street. According the RTE website, the station call-sign was apparently originated by the British Post Office, the authority responsible at that time, and the name 2RN was thought to be inspired by the last three syllables of the song title “Come Back To Erin”.

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Douglas Hyde First President of Ireland
Douglas Hyde First President of Ireland

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Douglas Hyde, founder of the Gaelic League and who would become the first President of Ireland (1938-1945) officially opened 2RN.

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1957: Sean South of Garryowen

Death of Sean South, IRA volunteer following a raid on  RUC barracks in Brookeborough, County Fermanagh on New Years Day. South became a cult hero primarily thanks to a hagiographic portrayal of him by the Wolfe Tones in the song Sean South of Garryowen.  The real Sean South was a reactionary, conservative Catholic, and member of the ultra right-wing anti-Semitic catholic group Maria Duce.

The IRA ran a poorly implemented “Border Campaign” against “British occupation” of Northern Ireland between 1956-1962. Although not supported by the vast majority of the Irish population, they were often treated with admiration due to a still strong anti-British emotion in the Republic.

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READ: IRA Man’s Death that Captured the Whole Country

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1973: Ireland formally joins the European Economic Community, a move that would revolutionize the Irish economy and Irish society, result in the introduction of the Euro as the official currency, the growth of the Celtic Tiger and ultimately a savage recession that would see Irish unemployment rates jump from 4% to 14% in a four year period.

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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

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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)