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May 13,

Churchill Slams De Valera in Victory Speech – Songsters Johnny Logan and Sir Arthur Sullivan at Today in Irish History

May 13: TODAY in Irish History:

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Churchill and De Valera meeting 1953

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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1842: Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan (of Gilbert and Sullivan fame)

Arthur Seymour Sullivan is born in London to an Irish father Thomas Sullivan (1805–1866), a military bandmaster, clarinetist and music teacher.

Sir Arthur Sullivan
Sir Arthur Sullivan 1842-1900

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1945: Churchill Slams De Valera

Churchill and De Valera meeting 1953

Churchill and De Valera 1953

In his Victory in Europe speech, Winston Churchill slams Eamonn De Valera and his war time policy. (To add fuel to an already bitter relationship,  De Valera had not distinguished himself or Ireland’s reputation when he offered condolences to Germany on the death of Hitler.)

“(By the dawn of 1941), The sense of envelopment, which might at any moment turn to strangulation, lay heavy upon us. We had only the northwestern approach between Ulster and Scotland through which to bring in the means of life and to send out the forces of war. Owing to the action of Mr. de Valera, so much at variance with the temper and instinct of thousands of southern Irishmen, who hastened to the battlefront to prove their ancient valor, the approaches which the southern Irish ports and airfields could so easily have guarded were closed by the hostile aircraft and U-boats.

This was indeed a deadly moment in our life, and if it had not been for the loyalty and friendship of Northern Ireland we should have been forced to come to close quarters with Mr. de Valera or perish forever from the earth. However, with a restraint and poise to which, I say, history will find few parallels, we never laid a violent hand upon them, which at times would have been quite easy and quite natural, and left the de Valera Government to frolic with the German and later with the Japanese representatives to their heart’s content.

When I think of these days I think also of other episodes and personalities. I do not forget Lieutenant-Commander Esmonde, V.C., D.S.O., Lance-Corporal Keneally, V.C., Captain Fegen, V.C., and other Irish heroes that I could easily recite, and all bitterness by Britain for the Irish race dies in my heart. I can only pray that in years which I shall not see the shame will be forgotten and the glories will endure, and that the peoples of the British Isles and of the British Commonwealth of Nations will walk together in mutual comprehension and forgiveness.”

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READ: Full Text of Churchill Speech

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1954: Singer Johnny Logan

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Johnny Logan is born Seán Patrick Michael Sherrard is born in Melbourne, Australia. His father, singer Patrick O’Hagan (stage name) returned to Ireland when Logan was three. Logan is the most successful singer in Eurovision song contest history winning the competition twice as a singer – 1980 What’s Another Year,  1987 Hold Me Now and as a composer in 1992 with Why Me.

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August 30,

Eurovision Song Contest Winner Dana – De Valera Rebukes Lloyd George

August 30: TODAY in Irish History:

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Dana - Eurovision Song Contest winner 1970

Dana – Eurovision Song Contest winner 1970

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1921: Sectarian Rioting in Belfast

Vicious sectarian rioting breaks out in Belfast resulting in the deaths of at least 9 people.  Throughout the year, Catholic and Protestant communities baited and attacked each other. July was a particularly violent month. Sectarian violence was an unfortunate part of working class Belfast culture as evidenced by the riots in 1886

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1921: De Valera Sends Stinging Rebuke to Lloyd George

De Valera sends another stinging rebuke to Lloyd George as the parties edge closer to negotiations. He was responding to a communication from Lloyd George where the wily old Welshman invoked Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural address:

“I cannot better express the British standpoint in this respect than in words used of the Northern and Southern States by Abraham Lincoln in the First Inaugural Address. They were spoken by him on the brink of the American Civil War, which he was striving to avert:—

Physically speaking he said we cannot separate. We cannot remove our respective sections from each other, nor build an impassible wall between them. . . . It is impossible, then, to make that intercourse more advantageous or more satisfactory after separation than before. . . . Suppose you go to war, you cannot fight always; and when, after much loss on both sides and no gain on either, you cease fighting, the identical old questions as to terms of intercourse are again upon you.

I do not think it can be reasonably contended that the relations of Great Britain and Ireland are in any different case.”

Eamonn De Valera 1921 today in Irish history
Eamonn De Valera 1921

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“Dev” saw things somewhat differently:

“The people of Ireland, acknowledging no voluntary union with Great Britain and claiming as a fundamental natural right to choose freely for themselves the path they shall take to realise their national destiny, have by an overwhelming majority declared for independence, set up a Republic, and more than once confirmed their choice.

Great Britain, on the other hand, acts as though Ireland were bound to her by a contract of union that forbade separation. The circumstances of the supposed contract are notorious, yet on the theory of its validity the British Government and Parliament claim to rule and legislate for Ireland, even to the point of partitioning Irish territory against the will of the Irish people, and killing or casting into prison every Irish citizen who refuses allegiance.

Force will not solve the problem. It will never secure the ultimate victory over reason and right. If you again resort to force, and if victory be not on the side of justice, the problem that confronts us will confront our successors. The fact that for 750 years this problem has resisted a solution by force is evidence and warning sufficient. It is true wisdom, therefore, and true statesmanship, not any false idealism, that prompts me and my colleagues. Threats of force must be set aside. They must be set aside from the beginning, as well as during the actual conduct of the negotiations. The respective plenipotentiaries must meet untrammelled by any conditions save the facts themselves, and must be prepared to reconcile their subsequent differences not by appeals to force, covert or open, but by reference to some guiding principle on which there is common agreement. We have proposed the principle of government by consent of the governed, and do not mean it as a mere phrase.”

SEE Official Correspondence relating to the Peace Negotiations.

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1951: Eurovision Song Contest Winner Dana

Singer Dana is born Rosemary Scallon is born in London. Her family returned to Derry when she was five. Dana became an overnight celebrity when she won the Eurovision song contest for Ireland singing All Kinds of Everything composed Derry Lindsay and Jackie Smith and the country went mad for a young lass who charmed every mother in Ireland and many a young lad with her gentle manner. Dana went on to have a relatively successful musical career.

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In 1997, Dana ran unsuccessfully in the Irish presidential election and also 2011. She was MEP for Connacht–Ulster 1999-2004.

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Presidential candidate Dana 2011

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WATCH: A Short History of Ireland

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)