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September 18,

Playwright Sean O’Casey- The Manchester Martyrs – Irish Governor of NSW

September 18: TODAY in Irish History:

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1830: Sir Frederick Matthew Darley: Lieutenant Governor of New South Wales.

Sir Frederick Matthew Darley is born in Co. Wicklow to an eminent Irish legal family.  He was called to the Bar at the King’s Inn in 1853.

Although he had a relatively successful career, he opted to emigrate to Australia in 1862 where he would go on to become the sixth Chief Justice of New South Wales, an eminent barrister, a member of the New South Wales Parliament, a Lieutenant Governor of New South Wales, and a member of the British Privy Council.

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Frederick Darley 1830-1910

READ: Biography of Sir Frederick Mathew Darley

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1867: The Escape that Sparked the Manchester Martyrs

In Manchester, two Fenians – Thomas Kelly and Timothy Deasy escape from police custody following a well planned ambush by colleagues. During the escape Manchester police Sergeant Brett is killed. The attack would result in the execution of three Fenians – 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.

The Dubliners sing God Save Ireland

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Death of Playwright SEAN O’CASEY

1964: Sean O’Casey Irish playwright and author of wonderful works like The Shadow of a Gunman, Juno and the Paycock and The Plough and the Stars dies in England where he had lived for many years.

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Sean O’Casey 1889-1964

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At a young age, O’Casey became active in the Dublin labor movement and was a strong supporter of Big Jim Larkin. He also joined the Irish Citizen Army for a period of time, but did not take part in the 1916 Rising.

Much of his writing is about the slums and poverty of Dublin which by any standards was appalling in the early twentieth century. The Abbey Theatre produced his first play The Shadow of a Gunman in 1923 and the following year Juno and the Paycock. His production of The Plough and the Stars resulted in riots by Abbey patrons who thought the play denigrated Irish heroes.

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READ: New York Times Obituary of Sean O’Casey

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August 10,

John Boyle O’Reilly – Roy Keane at Today in Irish History.

August 10: TODAY in Irish History:

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John Boyle O'Reilly at Today in Irish History

Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks 

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1890: John Boyle O’Reilly

Death of County Meath born Irish poet, writer and nationalist John Boyle O’Reilly.  O’Reilly was transported to Australia in 1868 for his Fenian activities, but escaped to America after two years where he ultimately became an American citizen.

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Convict Pic John Boyle O’Reilly 1866

President Kennedy was an admirer of O’Reilly’s work and quoted him when speaking to Dail Eireann in 1963 stating:

“The world is large,” wrote John Boyle O’Reilly.

“The world is large when its weary
leagues two loving hearts divide,
“But the world is small when your enemy
is loose on the other side.”

Interestingly this was a speech where Kennedy got his facts wrong. The Kennedy’s knew good copy when they saw it and Bobby Kennedy used the same lines as JFK when speaking to The  Friendly Sons of St. Patrick on March 17, 1964.

DOWNLOAD free eBook of Songs, Legends and Ballads by John Boyle O’Reilly.

You can also read online MOONDYNE (1879) — a novel based on his experiences as a convict in Western Australia

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1971: Roy Keane

Soccer player Roy Keane is born in Cork. “The Boy Roy” is possibly the finest (and fiestiest) player to ever play for the Republic of Ireland. Having previously played for Cobh Ramblers and Nottingham Forest, Keane achieved world fame and success with Manchester United with whom he won seven Premier League titles and four FA Cups. Keane’s greatest performance may have been in the Champions League semi-final against Italian side Juventus. Keane was booked early in the game which meant he was ineligible for the final, something that looked extremely unlikely as United fell two goals behind. Despite this, Keane scored the first of United’s three goals and put in a performance that had Red Devil’s manager Alex Ferguson raving.

“It was the most emphatic display of selflessness I have seen on a football field. Pounding over every blade of grass, competing if he would rather die of exhaustion than lose, he inspired all around him. I felt it was an honour to be associated with such a player.”

Keane was a magnificent footballer with a manic competitive desire which United fans saw as combative and opposition fans (mistakenly!) saw as dirty. Indeed one referee David Elleray sent Keane off four times!

Keane’s battles with Arsenal legend Patrick Viera were the stuff of legend. As you can see in this video clip, they even started before the game. (Note: The Boy Roy does not always use the Queen’s English!)

The love affair with United and Ferguson petered out in recent years as it has with many Irish fans following his abrupt departure from the Irish World Cup squad in 2902 after he savaged manager Mick McCarthy.

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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.

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