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October 1,

Actor Richard Harris – Model T Ford Launch – The Thrilla in Manila – Today in Irish History

October 1: TODAY in Irish History:

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Limerick-born Richard Harris

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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1908: Henry Ford launches the Model T Ford

The Model T is launched and would go onto sell more than 15 million units. Henry Ford’s father William Ford was born in County Cork and was one of many to emigrate from Ireland due to poverty and famine. Ford visited Ireland in 1912, 65 years after his dad had emigrated, and again in 1917 when he established the Ford plant in Cork city.
Ford did not forget his Irish roots. He named his Dearborn home Fair Lane after the area of Cork where his maternal grandfather came from. The Ford plant in Cork would finally close in 1984.

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Henry Ford 1863-1947

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READ: Ford’s Irish connections

READ: Lee Iacocca article on Henry Ford at Time

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1930: Actor Richard Harris

Richard Harris 1930-2002

Actor Richard Harris is born in Limerick. In addition to appearing in numerous films, Harris was also a one hit wonder with the song McArthur Park.

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1975: Muhammad Ali defeats Joe Frazier in Thrilla in Manila. Ali’s Irish Roots.

Muhammad Ali defeats Joe Frazier in the Thrilla in Manila, third and most brutal bout between two great boxers. What’s this doing in Today in Irish History? Well, good old Muhammad had Irish roots as you will see in this video clip.

The great fighter visited Ennis, Co. Clare – his ancestral home – in 2009. Ali twice fought and defeated “Irish” Jerry Quarry in the early 70’s.

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September 21,

Sligo-born Union Hero Michael Corcoran – Ireland 2 England 0 – George Clooney

September 21: TODAY in Irish History:

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General Michael Corcoran

Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks 

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1827: Sligo born General Michael Corcoran – Union Hero

Civil War General Michael Corcoran is born in Ballymote, Co. Sligo.  Corcoran emigrated to the United States in his early twenties and shortly after joined the military as a private. By the onset of the Civil War, he was a Colonel about to face court martial!

Sligo born Michael Corcoran

In Ireland and USA, Corcoran was virulently anti-English. When ordered to parade his command for the visiting Prince of Wales, he refused which is not too surprising given that he has seen many of the horrors of the potato famine. As a result of this refusal, he was relieved of his command and faced a court-martiall. The commencement of the Civil War saved his military career and the court-martial was never proceeded with.

READ: New York Times article on Court-martial of Colonel Michael Corcoran

Corcoran fought in numerous campaigns with The Irish Brigade under the command of the legendary Thomas Francis Meagher. At the Battle of Bull Run, he may well have come in direct conflict with another West of Ireland man Galway-born Colonel Patrick Moore who commanded the 1st Virginia Regiment.

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Brigadier Michael Corcoran 69th_New_York_Militia
Sligo Born Brigadier Michael Corcoran on left with 69th_New_York_Militia

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Corcoran was killed, age 36, in December 1863 when his horse stumbled and fell on him.

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READIrish Brigade at First Battle of Bull Run

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1949: IRELAND Beats England in Soccer

Ireland’s soccer team beat England 2-0 at Goodison Park. Liverpool. This is first time an English soccer team was beaten at home. Ireland’s goals were scored by Con Martin and Peter Farrell. The team was captained by Manchester United legend Johnny Carey.

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RTE Documentary on Ireland 2 – England 0

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1985: GEORGE CLOONEY: The Irish Laddie!

George Clooney makes his first appearance in the TV Series The Facts of Life. Clooney’s paternal ancestors emigrated from Co. Kilkenny.

READThe Truth About George Clooney’s Roots

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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)