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January 4,

Midleton Angel of the Yukon – Phillip Lynott RIP – Loyalist Massacres

January 4: TODAY in Irish History:

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Cork born Nellie Cashman – The Angel of the Yukon

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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1925: The Angel of the Yukon from Midleton, Co. Cork

Midleton, Co. Cork born Nellie Cashman known variously as the “Angel of the Yukon” and “Angel of the mining camp” dies in Victoria British Columbia aged seventy-nine. Only five foot tall, Cashman’s support (monetary, spiritual, food) for Alaskan miners during the madness of Yukon Gold Rush years and others resulted in her induction into the Alaska Mining Hall of Fame.

Nellie Cashman
Nellie Cashman. The miners’ angel

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Cashman is also fondly remembered in Arizona where she is known as The Angel of Tombstone. This lady got around! Tombstone celebrates Nellie Cashman day every August. If you’re hungry when in Tombstone, you can dine at the Nellie Cashman Restaurant. The United States Postal Service memorialized this little known Co. Cork heroine her with a 29 cent stamp in 1994.

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Nellie Cashman stamp

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1976: UVF Kill Six Catholics in Two Separate Attacks

In what was up to then, one of the worst sectarian atrocities in Northern Ireland, six Catholic civilians are shot dead by the Ulster Volunteer Force in two separate incidents. There is strong evidence that members of the RUC were involved in the shootings. In Whitecross, Co. Armagh, brothers John, Brian and Anthony Reavey were killed when UVF members entered their home around tea time and executed the three.  Twenty miles away and just thirty minutes later, a second UVF hit squad executed three members of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP). Republican paramilitaries would wreak a horrible vengeance within 24 hours.

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1986: Death of Phil Lynott

Irish rock star, bassist, singer and founder of Thin Lizzy, Phil Lynott dies. Lynott originally played with Skid Row, (the Irish band featuring Gary Moore, Brush Shiels, Noel Bridgeman).  Lynott had significant success with Thin Lizzy. The band’s first major hit was a rock version of Whiskey in the Jar, but are probably best known for The Boys are Back in Town. U2 frontman Bono says of Lynott “If lyrical and musical ability has to be matched with showmanship, attitude, style, if that’s your version of rock ’n’ roll, there’s no way past Phil Lynott. He’s at the top of the tree.” Lynott and Lizzy were also a major influence on Metallica who often play a version of Whiskey in the Jar at concerts.

Phil lynott statue Dublin

Life size statue of Phil Lynott, Dublin

Lynott lived the archetypical rock star life style consumed with drugs and alcohol which eventually took his life at the young age of 36. Metallica’s James Hetfeld was also a fan of Lynott’s often autobiographical songwriting “The struggles that he wrote about, with drugs, drink, ethnicity, all of those things, they almost speak louder now.”

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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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November 23,

Cork Born Tammany Hall Boss Richard Croker – Lord Mountbatten Killer – Manchester Martyrs at Today in Irish History

November 23: TODAY in Irish History:

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Cork born Tammany boss Richard Croker

Cork born Tammany boss Richard Croker

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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1841: Tammany Hall Boss Richard Croker

Cork born Tammany boss Richard Croker
Cork born Tammany boss Richard Croker

Tammany boss Richard Croker is born in Cork. His family emigrated to the United States three years later. Croker was leader of the often corrupt New York Democratic machine between 1886-1902. He famously was acquitted on a murder charge arising from a killing during an election brawl.

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Croker earned the undying wrath of Mark Twain who in a mock eulogy to the Irish emmigrant got his facts wrong, but maybe not the tone when he said “Yes, farewell to Croker forever, the Baron of Wantage, the last, and I dare say the least desirable, addition to English nobility.”  In his autobiography, Twain didn’t mince his words about Croker describing him as an “all-round blatherskite and chief pillager of the municipal till.”

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READ: Biography Richard Croker

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1867: Manchester Martyrs are hanged.

Three members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, William Philip Allen, Michael Larkin, and Michael O’Brien are executed for the murder of a police officer in Manchester, England, in 1867.

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The Manchester Martyrs - Allen, Larkin and O'Brien

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The trio were members of a group Fenians who helped two two members of the IRB – Thomas Kelly and Timothy Deasy to escape from police custody following a well planned ambush by colleagues. During the escape Manchester police Sergeant Brett wass killed. The attack would result in the execution of three Fenians on this day in 1867– William Philip Allen, Michael Larkin, and Michael O’Brien who would become known as the Manchester Martyrs in Irish folklore.

Their exploits and execution inspired Irish nationalist T.D. Sullivan to write God Save Ireland, a song that every God-fearing young schoolboy had beaten into him by the Christian Brothers through much of the twentieth century. There is little doubt that the men were involved in the escape attempt where Sergeant Brett was killed, but all three men maintained their innocence and stated their regret about the policeman’s death.

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READ: Manchester Martyr Speeches from the Dock

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The Dubliners sing God Save Ireland

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1920: Bloody Sunday Fallout

The fallout from  Bloody Sunday continues. IRA volunteer Thomas Whelan is arrested for his involvement in the executions of the so called Cairo gang. He would be hanged by British authorities March 21 1921.

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1979: IRA Man Sentenced for Mountbatten Death

Mountbatten at Today in Irish History
Lord Mountbatten 1900-1979

Thomas McMahon, a member of the Irish Republican Army (IRA), is sentenced to life imprisonment for preparing and planting the bomb that killed Lord Louis Mountbatten and three others in County Sligo. Mountbatten regularly holidayed in the West of Ireland. The bomb exploded on his boat some minutes after he and family friends had departed the little port of Mullaghmore.  Mountbatten’s grandson Nicholas, 14, and fifteen year old local, Paul Maxwell, 15, employed as a boat boy were also killed. Another passenger, the Dowager Lady Brabourne, 82, died the day after the attack. McMahon was released in 1998 under the Good Friday Agreement.

Although hard for many people to swallow, participants on both sides of the Troubles were released under the Good Friday Agreement and proved a watershed in rapprochement between Republican and Loyalist elements.

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SHEIFGAB! Staying Sane, Motivated and Productive in Job Search.

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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)