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January 25,

Fascinating insight into 1916 Rising – Cork-born – Painter Daniel Maclise

January 25: TODAY in Irish History:

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Daniel Maclise 1806-1870

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Conor is a Chicago based Motivational Humorous Business Speaker, Author and History buff.

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1533: King Henry VIII, Lord of Ireland gets hitched

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Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

England’s King Henry VIII, Lord of Ireland and self declared King of Ireland (1541) marries Anne Boleyn after divorcing Catherine of Aragon.

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1806: Painter and illustrator Daniel Maclise is born in Cork.

Maclise lived much of his life in London, but retained a strong attachment to his homeland, often romanticizing it in his work. He was a good friend of Charles Dickens and painted a number of portraits of the great author. Maclise also provided illustrations for The Old Curiosity Shop by Dickens.

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Portrait of Charles Dickens by Daniel Maclise
Portrait of Charles Dickens by Daniel Maclise

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Daniel Maclise’s portrayal of The Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife is on display in the Crawford Gallery in Cork.

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1877: Canon Patrick Murphy and the alcohol free 1916 Rising in Wexford

Canon Patrick Murphy is born in Whitehill, Kilmore, County Wexford. Murphy is a little know figure in Irish history, but he provided a truly fascinating oral account of the 1916 Rising in Enniscorthy in an interview in 1955.

“Commandant Galligan arrived from Dublin with instructions from James Connolly that the Enniscorthy Volunteers were to take over the Railway so as to prevent reinforcements reaching Dublin through Rosslare. ………… 

Early on Thursday morning an order was issued closing all public houses with the result that during the four days of Republican rule not a single person was under the influence of drink. On the same morning the Railway Station was taken over and a train on the way to Arklow was held to be used in case of emergencies………….

Rumours of an attack on Enniscorthy. By the end of the week about 2,000 English troops from the Curragh and lsewhere had assembled in Wexford town. They were under the commandof Colonel French, a Wexford man, who happened to be on furlough at the time.”

The attack on Enniscorthy did not take place as the rebels surrendered after hearing of the outcome in Dublin, but not until they were allowed send a deputation to see rebel leader Patrick Pearse in Kilmainham Jail, Dublin.

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READ: Statement by Canon Patrick Murphy

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August 28,

Chief O’Neill, The Man who Saved Irish Music – Michael Collins Funeral – Liam O’Flaherty

August 28: TODAY in Irish History:

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Chief Francis O’Neill

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1848: Cheif Francis O’Neill

Francis O’Neill, The Police Chief Who Saved Irish Music is born near Bantry, Co.Cork. After emigrating to the United States, he joined the Chicago police force in 1873, eventually serving as Chief of Police from1901-1905.

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Chief O’Neill had a strong interest in Irish music from his childhood, an Irish music and tradition that was in real danger of being lost as the Irish diaspora melded into other societies. During his time in the police force, where apparently Irish musicians were made feel particularly welcome, and after he made strenuous efforts to recover and record details of the Irish music tradition.

Wikipedia cites his musical works to include:

•             O’Neill’s Music of Ireland (1903), containing 1,850 pieces of music

•             The Dance Music of Ireland (1907), sometimes called, “O’Neill’s 1001,” because of the number of tunes included

•             400 tunes arranged for piano and violin (1915)

•             Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody (1922), 365 pieces

•             Irish Folk Music: A Fascinating Hobby (1910). Appendix A contains O’Farrells Treatise and Instructions on the Irish Pipes, published 1797-1800; appendix B is Hints to Amateur Pipers by Patrick J. Touhy.

•             Irish Minstrels and Musicians (1913), biographies of musicians, including those from whom he collected tunes in Chicago.

The Dunn Family Collection contains a large number of recordings made by O’Neill. “They form part of the dawn of the era of sound recording in Irish traditional music and constitute an important element of the first sonic evidence documenting the music styles and repertories in Irish traditional music.”

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O’Neill’s recordings of Patrick Touhey are in Dunn Family Collection

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1896: Liam O’Flaherty

Birth of novelist Liam O’Flaherty on the tiny Aran island of Inishmore.

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Liam O’Flaherty 1896-1984

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O’Flaherty’s novels include Thy Neighbour’s Wife (1923), The Informer (1925 which John Ford made into a film in  1935), Skerrett (1932), Famine (1937), and Insurrection (1950).

Short story collections from one of Ireland’s finest writers include The Short Stories of Liam O’Flaherty, Two Lovely Beasts and Other Stories, The Pedlar’s Revenge and Other Stories.

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1922: Funeral of Michael Collins

Michael Collins is buried in Glasnevin Cemetary Dublin. The seven mile journey from Dublin’s pro-cathedral to the Big Fella’s final resting place was lined with (the New York Times reported) half a million mourners, many of whom, would have differed with him on his Treaty vote.

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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)