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October 30,

Richard Brinsley Sheridan – Potato Famine Death by Starvation – Muhammad Ali

October 30: TODAY in Irish History:

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Richard Brinsley Sheridan

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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1751: Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Richard Brinsley Sheridan is born in Dublin. Sheridan was a playwright, poet, Whig MP and owner of the London Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

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Richard Brinsley Sheridan 1751-1816

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His plays include, The RivalsThe School for Scandal and A Trip to Scarborough. A fine debater and wit, he said of a fellow Member of Parliament: “The Right Honourable Gentleman is indebted to his memory for his jests, and to his imagination for his facts.”

He is also credited what might be one of the best chat up lines ever. “Won’t you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you.”

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Here’s to the Maiden of Bashful Fifteen by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Here’s to the maiden of bashful fifteen;

Here’s to the widow of fifty;

Here’s to the flaunting extravagant quean,

And here’s to the housewife that’s thrifty.

Chorus

Let the toast pass,–

Drink to the lass,

I’ll warrant she’ll prove an excuse for the glass.

Here’s to the charmer whose dimples we prize;

Now to the maid who has none, sir:

Here’s to the girl with a pair of blue eyes,

And here’s to the nymph with but one, sir.

Chorus

Let the toast pass,–

Drink to the lass,

I’ll warrant she’ll prove an excuse for the glass.

Here’s to the maid with a bosom of snow;

Now to her that’s as brown as a berry:

Here’s to the wife with her face full of woe,

And now to the damsel that’s merry.

Chorus

Let the toast pass,–

Drink to the lass,

I’ll warrant she’ll prove an excuse for the glass.

For let ’em be clumsy, or let ’em be slim,

Young or ancient, I care not a feather;

So fill a pint bumper quite up to the brim,

And let us e’en toast them together.

Chorus

Let the toast pass,–

Drink to the lass,

I’ll warrant she’ll prove an excuse for the glass.

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Here’s to the Maiden of Bashful Fifteen

Sheridan is buried at Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey.

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READ: Richard Brinsley Sheridan Bio

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1846: Daniel Hayes: Death by Starvation

The Cork Examiner reports:

“A Coroners Inquest was held on the lands of Redwood, in the Parish of Lorha, on yesterday, the 24th, on the body of Daniel Hayes, who for several days subsisted almost on the refuse of vegetables, and went out on Friday morning in quest of something in the shape of food, but he had not gone far when he was obliged to lie down, and, melancholy to relate, was found dead some time afterward.”

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1974: Muhammad Ali – Heavyweight Champ

Muhammad Ali becomes heavyweight champion of the world for the second time when he knocks out champion George Foreman in the eighth round of the “Rumble in the Jungle,” in Kinshasa, Zaire. 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

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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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October 5,

Satirist Brian O’Nolan – Rugby Great Moss Keane – Guildford Pub Bombing at Today in Irish History

October 5: TODAY in Irish History:

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Flann O'Brien - one of the great irish gifts to literature

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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1911: Brian O’Nolan (Flann O’Brien) is born.

One of Ireland’s finest writers and satirists, but maybe not as well known as he should be – Brian O’Nolan (better known as Flann O’Brien or Myles na gCopaleen) is born in Strabane, County Tyrone.

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READ: Profile of Brian O’Nolan at The Atlantic

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Eamonn Morrissey recites Brian O’Nolan’s A Pint of Plain

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Eamonn Morrissey: Excerpt from At Swim Two Birds by Brian O’Nolan

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1968: Northern Ireland Civil Rights March – The Start of the Troubles.

A peaceful march in Derry, organized by the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association is broken up by police using batons and water cannon. This clash is effectively the opening salvo in the major troubles to engulf Northern Ireland for the next three decades. The march was

organised by the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) in protest at discrimination against the majority Nationalist (Catholic) population in Derry by the Protestant Unionist-controlled local authority.Nationalist Labour MP Gerry Fitt (who was himself injured in the disturbance) said “I was a marked man before the march started. These were stormtrooper tactics at their worst. They hit me once, but that wasn’t enough – they had to have another go, and this was the cause of the wound which had to be stitched.”

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Civil Rights poster 1968 derry londonderry

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1974: Five Die in Guildford Pub Bombings

Five people (four soldiers and one civilian) die and more than fifty are injured when the IRA detonates two bombs in Guildford England. Guildford is an army garrison town. The dreadful bombings led to another long running saga and miscarriage of justice.

In October 1975 Paul Hill, Gerald Conlon, Patrick Armstrong and Carole Richardson were convicted of murder and other charges and given life sentences. Despite the fact that a number of IRA men, later arrested, admitted to the bombings, it would be fifteen years before the “Guildford Four” could prove their innocence.

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the Guildford Four
The Guildford Four

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READ: Police Statements re Guildford Bombing

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2010: Death of Rugby Great Moss Keane

Moss Keane, one of the most loveable (and effective) lugs to play rugby for Ireland dies age 62 from cancer. The great Scottish rugby commentator Bill McClaren referred to Moss Keane in his prime: “Maurice Ignatius Keane. 18 and half stone of prime Irish beef on the hoof, I don’t know about the opposition but he frightens the living daylights out of me.”

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Keane won 51 caps during a 10-year Test career and toured New Zealand with the 1977 British and Irish Lions. He was also a member of the Munster team which beat the All Blacks in LImerick October 31, 1978.

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Interview with Moss Keane

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READ: Profile of Moss Keane

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SEE: Moss Keane’s Career in Pictures

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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)