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September 25,

Mass IRA Escape – Death of Thomas Ashe – Man United in Dublin at Today in Irish History

September 25: TODAY in Irish History:

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Thomas Ashe

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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Death of Thomas Ashe Following Force Feeding

1917: Thomas Ashe, republican activist, 1916 volunteer died after being forcibly fed by prison authorities while on hunger strike.

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Thomas Ashe 1885-1917

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Ashe was born in Kerry in 1885 and at an early age got involved in nationalist politics. He joined the Irish Volunteers in 1913 and was involved in the 1916 Rising fighting in Ashbourne where the Irish rebels did have some success.

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READ: The Battle of Ashbourne

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Ashe was released from British custody in June 1917 as were most 1916 volunteers. He quickly got arrested for anti-British activity again and was sentenced to two years jail. When he was refused political status in jail, he went on hunger strike. Aggressive force feeding by his jailers went badly wrong and he died on this day in 1917.

For an Ireland that deeply despised British actions in executing the 1916 leaders, the death of Tom Ashe generated another huge surge of nationalist emotion and anti-British feeling.

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THOMAS ASHE FUNERAL

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While in prison in England, Ashe wrote Let me Carry your Cross for Ireland, Lord

Let me carry your Cross for Ireland, Lord

The hour of her trial draws near,

And the pangs and the pains of the sacrifice

May be borne by comrades dear.

But, Lord, take me from the offering throng,

There are many far less prepared,

Through anxious and all as they are to die

That Ireland may be spared.

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READ: Let me Carry your Cross for Ireland, Lord

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1957: Shamrock Rovers Play First Euro Tie against Manchester United

Shamrock Rovers is first Irish team to play in European soccer competition. It was an interesting debut as they are hammered by a pre-Munich Manchester United. The Busby Babes slammed six goals past Rovers without reply in Dublin. Rovers acquitted themselves much better in the return leg in Manchester losing just 3-2. Less than five months later, most of the Manchester United team was wiped out at Munich including Dubliner Liam Whelan. Whelan who did not play against Rovers. United greats to feature in the Dublin game included Duncan Edwards, Tommy Taylor, Bobby Charlton and Roger Byrne. Only Charlton would survive Munich.

Click here or Program image below for PDF of the wonderful match program at ShamrockRovers.ie. Given the tragedy that was soon to befall United, the program notes on the likes of Duncan Edwards, Roger Byrne and others are particularly poignant.

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1961: Soccer Player Ronnie Whelan

Liverpool and Ireland soccer player Ronnie Whelan is born. Whelan played for Ireland 53 times scoring three goals including the memorable one below. He played the bulk of his career with the great Liverpool team of the 1980s winning six league championship medals, two FA Cup and one European Cup medal.

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RONNIE WHELAN SCORES AGAINST USSR

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1983: IRA Maze Prison Escape

38 IRA prisoners break out of the Maze Prison (Long Kesh.) 15 were captured on the first day. It was the largest prison break in British history.

The official report on the escape details how the prisoners were able to get control of a lorry which took them out of the prison:

“At 3.25 p.m. the kitchen lorry, driven by Officer *** accompanied by prison orderly Armstrong, arrived at the outer gate to the compound with the food. McFarlane and his companions admitted the lorry without arousing the driver’s suspicion and then, as Officer *** and Armstrong started to unload the food-containers at the entrance to the Block, seized them at gunpoint and took them inside. The driver was taken into the medical treatment room where he was told that the kitchen lorry was to be used in the escape and that he was to drive it. The prisoners gave him precise instructions about the route he was to follow and how he should behave if challenged. Armstrong was told to travel in the lorry in the normal way.

At 3.50 p.m., when the prisoners had been in control of H7 for about an hour, Officer *** and Armstrong were taken back to the lorry. The driver’s left foot was tied to the clutch and his door lock was jammed. From beneath his seat a cord was attached to what he was told was a hand grenade – in fact it was tied to the frame of the seat. Kelly, in officer’s uniform, lay on the floor of the cab on the passenger side and trained his gun on Officer ***. Thirty-seven prisoners then climbed into the back of the lorry, the shutter was lowered and the vehicle drove off.

The escapers left behind a rear party, armed with chisels and screwdrivers, to guard the captured staff and prevent the alarm from being raised prematurely. They appear to have remained at their posts until they judged that the escapers were clear of the prison, then they returned quietly to their cells.”

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DOCUMENTARY ON MAZE ESCAPE


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Not surprisingly, the escape was an enormous political coup for the IRA. A number of the escapees were killed in IRA/British firefights over following years.

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READ: Report of an Inquiry by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons into the security arrangements at HM Prison, Maze

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2000: Sonial O’Sullivan – Olympic Silver

Cobh born Sonia O’Sullivan wins Olympic  silver medal in the women’s 5,000 meters race in Sydney. O’Sullivan’s career included five gold medals at World and European Championships and World Cross Country Championships.

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September 15,

De Valera and Churchill – Ireland’s First Olympic Gold – Muhammad Ali

September 15: 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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1905: Dr. PAT O’CALLAGHAN – IRELAND’S FIRST OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST

Pat O’Callaghan is born near Kanturk, Co. Cork. (Other articles reference O’Callaghan’s birth dates as Twenty three years later, Dr. Pat O’Callaghan would become a national hero winning the first ever Olympic gold medal for the Independent Ireland in the Hammer Throw competition at the Amsterdam Olympics. O’Callaghan had to pay his own fare from Ireland to compete! He repeated the gold medal in Los Angeles in 1932.

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Hammer Thrower Pat O’Callaghan 1905-1991

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O’Callaghan spent a number of years in the US after winning his second gold medal. His high public profile with Irish America ensured a number of unique offers including movies and wrestling. He returned to Ireland in the late 30s and pursued a distinguished medical career.

READDr. Pat O’Callaghan profile at Sport-Reference.com

The following interesting articles on O’Callaghan each offer different birth days for a man who helped generate strong positive international profile for Ireland

READ: Pat O’Callaghan at Tipperary Athletic  (Hover over image to enlarge for reading)

READDr. Pat: The Boy from Duhallow

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1953: De Valera and Churchill Meet at Downing Street for First Time

Long time antagonists Eamonn De Valera and Winston Churchill meet for the one and only time at Downing Street.

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Churchill and De Valera 1953

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The two dominant political figures of their respective countries had a healthy dislike of each other. Churchill believed (correctly) that De Valera’s rebuke of the Treaty vote and the subsequent Irish civil war was an undemocratic act. In 1938, when De Valera in a fine act of diplomatic negotiation secured Ireland’s treaty ports from Britain (despite Irish Free State independence,  the ports had been under British authority.) Churchill bitterly criticized the action by his predecessor Neville Chamberlain.  Although De Valera could not have appreciated it at the time of the negotiations, the fact that the ports were not under the control of Britain during the war helped ensure Irish neutrality remained viable.

Very public spats between the two leaders erupted at various times, not least when De Valera, to the astonishment of the world offered condolences to Germany on the death of Adolf Hitler. On May 13, an enraged Churchill criticized “The Long Fellow” as Dev was often called in a radio address. In one of his finer moments, Dev responded to Churchill on May 16th in a very stately and conciliatory manner that evoked widespread support in Ireland and helped redeem De Valera’s reputation internationally.

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LISTEN: Eamonn De Valera Response to Churchill

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By all accounts, the meeting at Downing Street in 1953 was a relatively cordial affair. Indeed, the following year, Dev sent birthday greetings to the eighty year old Churchill, something that a few years previously might have been thought unthinkable.

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1978: Irish American Muhammad Ali Defeats Leon Spinks

Muhammad Ali defeated Leon Spinks in the Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans to win the world title for a record third time. The great fighter had Irish origins and visited Ennis, Co. Clare – his ancestral home – in 2009 as you can see in this YouTube clip. Ali twice fought and defeated “Irish” Jerry Quarry in the early 70’s.

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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)