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November 16,

Kildare’s Union General Michael Kelly Lawler – Ireland’s Oldest Olympian – Actor Siobhán McKenna

November 16: TODAY in Irish History:

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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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1814: Union General Michael Kelly Lawler

Michael Kelly Lawler  who served as a Brigadier General in the Union army in the civil war is born in County Kildare. He  fought in the Mexican War of 1846-1848 when he quite possibly fought against some fellow Irishmen – the famous San Patricios, the Saint Patrick’s Battalion who fought as part of the Mexican Army against the United States in the Mexican-American War.

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Union General Michael Kelly Lawler 1814-1882

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In his memoirs, Ulysses S. Grants writes of Lawler’s bravery during the Vicksburg campaign and specifically at Big Black. “(A)n officer from Banks’ staff came up and presented me with a letter from General Halleck, dated the 11th of May. It had been sent by the way of New Orleans to Banks to be forwarded to me. It ordered me to return to Grand Gulf and to co-operate from there with Banks against Port Hudson, and then to return with our combined forces to besiege Vicksburg. I told the officer that the order came too late, and that Halleck would not give it now if he knew our position. The bearer of the dispatch insisted that I ought to obey the order, and was giving arguments to support his position when I heard great cheering to the right of our line and, looking in that direction, saw Lawler in his shirt sleeves leading a charge upon the enemy. I immediately mounted my horse and rode in the direction of the charge, and saw no more of the officer who delivered the dispatch; I think not even to this day.”

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1931: Ireland’s Oldest Olympian? Joshua (Jerry) Millner

Death of Olympic gold medalist Joshua (Jerry) Millner. Millner was born in Dublin in 1847 and represented Britain in 1908 in the free rifle event which he won at the age of 61!

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Joshua (Jerry) Millner 1847-1913

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READ: Biography of Jerry Millner

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1986: Death of Abbey actress Siobhán McKenna

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Siobhán McKenna 1923-1986

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Siobhán McKenna was twice nominated for Broadway’s Tony Award as Best Actress (Dramatic): in 1956, for “The Chalk Garden,” and in 1958, for “The Rope Dancers.” Her movie roles included Dr. Zhivago, King of Kings, Of Human Bondage. McKenna was married to actor Dennis O’Dea. Their son Donncha is a professional poker player who swam for Ireland in the 1968 Olympic games. Donncha is the first Irishman to swim the 100 metres in less than one minute. O’Dea’s son (McKenna’s grandson) is also a professional poker player who reached the final 9 in the World Series of Poker Championship in Las Vegas in 2011.

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November 6,

Johnny Giles – Bill Clinton – Owen Roe O’Neill at Today in Irish History

November 6: TODAY in Irish History:

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Johnny Giles playing for Ireland

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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1649: Death of Eoghan Ruadh O’Neill (Owen Roe O’Neill)

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Eoghan Ruadh O’Neill 1590-1649

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O’Neill was an Irish warlord who with the support of Spain rebelled against English rule. Romanticized in Irish history partly because of the poem written by Young Ireland founder Thomas Davis who wrote The Lament for Eoghan Ruadh O’Neill. Despite Davis’ reference to O’Neill being poisoned, there is no clear evidence as to how he died.

The Lament for Eoghan Ruadh O’Neill.

“Did they dare, did they dare, to slay Eoghan Ruadh O’Neill?”

“Yes, they slew with poison him they feared to meet with steel.”

“May God wither up their hearts! May their blood cease to flow!

May they walk in living death, who poisoned Eoghan Ruadh!”

“Though it break my heart to hear, say again the bitter words.

From Derry, against Cromwell, he marched to measure swords:

But the weapon of the Sacsanach met him on his way,

And he died at Cloch Uachtar upon St. Leonard’s day.

“Wail, wail ye for the Mighty One! Wail, wail ye for the Dead!

Quench the hearth, and hold the breath–with ashes strew the head.

How tenderly we loved him! How deeply we deplore!

Holy Saviour! but to think we shall never see him more.

“Sagest in the council was he, kindest in the hall!

Sure we never won a battle–’twas Eoghan won them all.

Had he lived–had he lived–our dear country had been free;

But he’s dead, but he’s dead, and ’tis slaves we’ll ever be.

“O’Farrell and Clanrickarde, Preston and Red Hugh,

Audley and MacMahon, ye are valiant, wise, and true;

But–what, what are ye all to our darling who is gone?

The Rudder of our Ship was he, our Castle’s corner stone!

“Wail, wail him through the Island! Weep, weep for our pride!

Would that on the battle-field our gallant chief had died!

Weep the Victor of Beann-bhorbh[79]–weep him, young men and old;

Weep for him, ye women–your Beautiful lies cold!

“We thought you would not die–we were sure you would not go,

And leave us in our utmost need to Cromwell’s cruel blow–

Sheep without a shepherd, when the snow shuts out the sky–

Oh! why did you leave us, Eoghan? Why did you die?

“Soft as woman’s was your voice, O’Neill! bright was your eye,

Oh! why did you leave us, Eoghan? Why did you die?

Your troubles are all over, you’re at rest with God on high,

But we’re slaves, and we’re orphans, Eoghan!–why didst thou die?”

READ: Biography of Eoghan Ruadh O’Neill (Owen Roe O’Neill)

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1940: Johnny Giles

Giles in his Leeds heyday

One of Ireland’s greatest ever soccer players, Johnny Giles is born in Dublin. His stature in the game is evidenced by the fact in 2003 he was a winner of UEFA’s Jubilee Award as the best Irish player of the past 50 years.

The diminutive Giles (5 ft 7 in) was a magnificent footballer whose passing ability was legendary. He was also tough as nails and some non-Irish (or non-Leeds United) supporters might even suggest he did not always play the ball!

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Originally discovered by legendary Manchester United scout Billy Behan, he signed for the Red Devils in 1957. Although he won an FA Cup medal with United in 1963, United manager Matt Busby failed to appreciate his talent and he was but a peripheral figure as the manager rebuilt a team decimated by the Munich air crash.

Giles dropped down a division to sign for Leeds United in 1963 after which both he and Leeds grew in stature and success.

Following a very successful playing career, Giles went on to manage Ireland and a number of clubs including West Brom Albion. The little fella can be seen regularly in RTE studios providing superb analysis of international and Premier League soccer.

READ: John Giles – Irish Football Great

READ:  Profile Johnny Giles

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1996: Bill Clinton is re-elected President.

Clinton does not have Irish heritage, but his presidency will likely be seen as one that had the greatest impact on Ireland. It is quite likely that the Northern Ireland peace process and the Good Friday agreement would never have happened without his cajoling and support.

In 1995, speaking to the employees of the Mackie Plant in sectarian divided Belfast, he said:

“Here in Northern Ireland, you are making a miracle, a miracle symbolized by those two children who held hands and told us what this whole thing is all about. In the land of the harp and the fiddle, the fife and the lambeg drum, two proud traditions are coming together in the harmonies of peace. The cease-fire and negotiations have sparked a powerful transformation.”

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Bill Clinton speaking at Mackie Plant Belfast 1995

READ: Bill Clinton Mackie Plant speech

In Ireland (as it seems in so many other places), Bill Clinton is a rock star.

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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)