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October 22,

Unionist Edward Carson. Kennedy Announces Cuba Missile Crisis at Today in Irish History

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1920: Toureen Ambush

In one of the first major engagements of the Irish War of Independence in the Cork area, about thirty members of the IRA West Cork Brigade ambush a British patrol. Five soldiers from the Essex Regiment of the British Army are killed. No IRA men were harmed.

The attack prompted the following exchange in the House of Commons the following week:

Mr. PENNEFATHER:   asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland what steps have 1956W been taken, or will be taken, to increase the number of armoured cars for the use of the military in Ireland, and to equip them with quick-firing guns in order to prevent, as far as possible, repetitions of what happened to soldiers of the Essex Regiment on Friday last?

Mr. CHURCHILL:   My right hon. Friend has asked me to reply. The question of the provision of armoured cars for use in Ireland is very seriously engaging the attention of the military authorities. Large numbers, armed with machine guns, are already in Ireland, and steps are being taken to effect a considerable increase in these numbers.


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1935: Death of Edward Carson

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Edward Carson 1854-1935


Dublin born Edward Carson was one of the giants of Ulster Unionism and a man who could be called the Father of Northern Ireland. Early in life, Carson was a very successful lawyer, At age thirty-five (1889), he became the youngest Queen’s Counsel in Ireland where he often represented landlords in their actions against non-rent paying tenants. In his most famous case, he represented the Marquess of Queensbury in his action against Oscar Wilde. Wilde is reported to have said “No doubt he will perform his task with the added bitterness of an old-friend.” Irrespective of emotion, Carson’s advocacy resulted in the (self-imposed) ruin of the great Irish wit who was prosecuted for perjury following the Queensbury trial.

Carson was not anti-Catholic, (he supported demands for a Catholic university) but he was totally opposed to Home Rule. He was a founding member of the Ulster Unionist party in 1905 and the para-military Ulster Volunteer Force in 1912. As with much of Ulster Unionism, Carson was a strong advocate of English law, until it impacted the union between Ireland and England. Carson was the first signatory of the Ulster Covenant in 1912, agreeing to use “all means necessary” to resist Home Rule.


Ulster Covenant Edward Carson

Carson signing the Ulster Covenant


A popular ditty of the time went:

“Sir Edward Carson had a cat,

It sat upon the fender

And every time it caught a rat,

It shouted, ‘No Surrender!’”

However as Home Rule became more and more inevitable, Carson accepted that a form of partition would be a solution. During the war, he served at various times as government as Attorney General, First Lord of the Admiralty and in the War Cabinet.

Following partition, he effectively returned to a legal life, but urged his Unionist colleagues to maintain equality for Northern Irish Catholics (something they totally ignored). “We used to say that we could not trust an Irish parliament in Dublin to do justice to the Protestant minority. Let us take care that that reproach can no longer be made against your parliament, and from the outset let them see that the Catholic minority have nothing to fear from a Protestant majority.”

READ: Bio of Edward Carson


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1962: JFK announces Cuba Blockade

Six days previously, national security advisor McGeorge Bundy had advised Kennedy that the Russians were building a missile base in Cuba and that”onstruction has begun on at least a half-dozen launching sites for intermediate range tactical missiles.”



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February 21,

Irish Medal of Honor Winner. Edward Carson. An Garda Síochána

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1850: Medal of Honor winner Edward Floyd is born in Ireland (location unknown.)

Edward Floyd

Floyd’s citation reads: The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Boilermaker Edward Floyd, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession while serving on board the U.S.S. Iowa, at the time of the blowing out of the manhole plate of Boiler D on board that vessel, 25 January 1905.

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1910: Ulster Unionists elect Sir Edward Carson as party leader. He would prove to be an inspired choice from the Unionist point of view.

Sir Edward Carson

Sir Edward Carson

1922:  Recruitment campaign commences for An Garda Síochána (Guardians of the Peace), the Irish police force. Candidates were to be at least 5′ 9″, unmarried and between the ages of 19 and 27. Michael Joseph Staines is the first Garda Commissioner.

Garda Síochána circa 1923

2009: Over 100,000 take to Dublin streets to protest the financial and banking crisis affecting Ireland. Unemployment rate in Ireland would jump from 4% (2008) to over 14% by 2011.

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