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December 23,

Noel Purcell. Government of Ireland Act. De Valera Returns from US.

December 23: TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by IrishmanSpeaks)

1900: Actor Noel Purcell is born in Dublin.

Dublin Actor Noel Purcell

Noel Purcell

  Purcell was a beloved actor who played support roles in over seventy movies including Moby Dick. Dubliners of all ages appreciate his Dublin Saunter which was never a commercial hit for the gentlemanly actor, but is a piece he is well remembered for. 

1920: The Government of Ireland Act is passed by British Parliament formally partitioning Ireland between The Irish Free State and Northern Ireland.

1920: Eamon De Valera returns from America where he presented himself as “President of Ireland.” De Valera evoked generous financial, emotional and political good will for Ireland during his eighteen month trip. He spoke at Madison Square Garden and Fenway Park drawing audiences in some cases of more than twenty thousand people. Even among Irish Americans, he created many enemies and many friends. In his book De Valera in America, author Dave Hannigan repeats Yeats’ oft quoted comment about the New York born De Valera “I was rather disappointed—A living argument rather than a living man, all propaganda, no human life, but not bitter hysterical or unjust.”

De Valera Fenway Park June 29 1919

Huge crowds for De Valera Fenway Park June 29 1919

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