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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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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.

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April 30,

Riverdance Premieres at 1994 Eurovision Song Contest – Today in Irish History

April 30: TODAY in Irish History:

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Michael Flatley Riverdance

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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1795: United Irishman Supporter Rev. William Jackson

Death of United Irishman supporter Rev. William Jackson. Jackson had liaised between France and United Irishman leaders in an effort to get support for an Irish rebellion. Betrayed by a colleague, Jackson was arrested and tried for sedition. On this in 1795, just prior to an inevitable sentence of treason, he ingested poison and dying actually in the courtroom. His death, prior to sentence meant that his possessions could not be seized by the state.

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1923: Anti-Treaty Forces Ceasefire

Eamonn De Valera

Eamonn De Valera

In the Irish Civil War, the anti-Treaty leadership authorizes Eamonn De Valera to declare a temporary ceasefire. A violent civil war will shortly end.

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Click for YESTERDAY in Irish History: 1916 Surrender

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1994: Riverdance First Performance

Riverdance is performed for the first time during the interval of the 1994 Eurovision song contest in Dublin. Initially commissioned as a once off featuring dancers Michael Flatley and Jean Butler with music composed by Bill Whelan, the seven minute piece was an immediate sensation.

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RIVERDANCE – Eurovision Song Contest 1994

A full length show debuted in Dublin in 1995. Seventeen years later, Riverdance is still touring.

The page below is from For the Love of Being Irish, an A-Z of Ireland featuring history and humor via limericks and lyrical prose by author Conor Cunneen. Buy author signed copies at My Irish Gift Store.

Riverdance in For the Love of Being Irish

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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)