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January 9,

Irish at Gallipoli. De Valera Resigns. Brian Friel.

January 9: TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by IrishmanSpeaks)

1916: Final evacuation from the ill-advised Gallipoli invasion which saw the death of 3,500-4,000 Irish soldiers fighting either in Australian, New Zealand or British uniform. An estimated 44,000 allied soldiers died. As with most Irish who fought in WWI, their sacrifice received scant recognition by parochial Irish government until 2010.

Of the 1,100 of the 1st Royal Dublin Fusiliers who landed on April 25th where “the water of the bay ran red with blood,” the Military History Society of Ireland, states that only 11 would survive the entire campaign unscathed. The botched campaign forced the resignation of Winston Churchill as First Lord of the Admiralty.

Clancy and Makem’s version of Eric Bogle’s song And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda sums up the horror of the campaign.

1922: In Dail Eireann, Eamonn De Valera resigns as President of the Republic stating: “In view of the vote that was taken here on Saturday and which I had definitely to oppose as one that was tending to subvert the Republic which I was elected to my present position to defend and maintain; and as it appeared to me also to be a vote which would tend to subvert the independence of the country, I could no longer continue—as I was beaten in that —I could no longer continue in my present office feeling I did not have the confidence of the House. I therefore wish to place my resignation in the hands of the Assembly.”

A motion to re-elect De Valera as President is defeated along pro and anti-treaty lines by 60 votes to 58.

arthur griffith

Arthur Griffith

Following the vote, De Valera opponent and former colleague Arthur Griffith said: “Before another word is spoken I want to say: I want the Deputies here to know, and all Ireland to know, that this vote is not to be taken as against President de Valera. It is a vote to help the Treaty, and I want to say now that there is scarcely a man I have ever met in my life that I have more love and respect for than President de Valera. I am thoroughly sorry to see him placed in such a position. We want him with us.”

1929: Brien Friel is born in Omagh, County Tyrone.

Brien Friel

Brien Friel

Friel is one of the most successful Irish playwrights ever. His work includes Philadelphia, Here I Come and Dancing at Lughnasa which won three Tony Awards in 1992 including Best Play.

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December 14,

Today in Irish History: Carrickshock Incident, Saddam Hussein Capture

December 14: TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by IrishmanSpeaks)

1831: In what became known as the Carrickshock Incident, seventeen people including thirteen police constables are killed in a riot following an effort to serve tithe summons on Irish peasants. Tithes were taxes imposed by England on the almost universally Catholic Irish peasants to support the protestant Church of Ireland. The so called Tithe War ranged from 1831-1836 featuring numerous instances of violence.

1921: Dail starts debating Treaty. At a private Dail Eireann session, Eamonn de Valera proposed an Alternative Treaty of Association between Ireland and the British Commonwealth to void the agreement made by Michael Collins and other treaty negotiators. In a highly charged public session Michael Collins alluded to the fact that he had been called a traitor for signing the agreement in London.

Michael Collins: Image from For the Love of Being Irish

Michael Collins image in For the Love of Being Irish

2003: “Ladies and Gentlemen, we got him” stated US Administrator Paul Bremen about Saddam Hussein. The commander of the US forces responsible for the capture is Army Col. James Hickey whose parents hail from County Sligo. Hickey’s mother owns The Irish Way gift store in Naperville, IL.

Capture of Saddam Hussein

Capture of Saddam Hussein by US troops

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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

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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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