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July 3,

Irish at Pickett’s Charge. George M. Cohan. Henry Grattan on this day in Irish History

July 3: TODAY in Irish History:

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Today in Irish History: Curated by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks

Chicago Motivational Humorous Business Speaker, Author and History buff.

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1746: Birth of Irish statesman and parliamentarian Henry Grattan. Grattan was member of the Patriot Movement that won legislative independence for Ireland in 1782.  He said “I found Ireland on her knees, I watched over her with a paternal solicitude; I have traced her progress from injuries to arms, and from arms to liberty. Spirit of Swift! Spirit of Molyneux! Your genius has prevailed! Ireland is now a nation! In that new character I hail her! And bowing to her august presence, I say, Esto perpetua (May it be forever)” It was not to be forever. The 1800 Act of Union abolished the Irish Parliament. On the demise of the Irish Parliament, he said to a friend, “” I sat by its cradle and followed its hearse.”

Henry Grattan (in red) addressing Irish House of Commons. Painting by Francis Wheatley

HENRY GRATTAN BIOGRAPHY at Britannica.com

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1863: At Gettysburg on day 3, “About noon a stillness reigned that was deathlike and unusual at such a time, Anthony McDermott of the 69th Pa Irish Volunteers later wrote.

“An anxious look could plainly be seen on the faces of the men, and feelings of mingled dread and determination pervaded the minds of all — a harbinger of the coming storm that was to cover the fields with so much blood… It was the presage of that storm of artillery missiles unprecedented in field battles for the number of guns and the fury of its metallic hail. At onei o’clock the stillness was broken by the discharge of one gun from the enemy’s lines ……….. “

Pickett’s Charge had begun and the 69th Pa would suffer dreadful losses. 151 of the 258 who started the day would be killed, wounded or captured. Colonel Dennis O’Kane from Coleraine was one of those mortally wounded.

Anthony McDermott 69th Pa

READ: A brief history of the 69th regiment Pennsylvania by Anthony McDermott

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1878: Legendary song and dance man George M. Cohan is born in Providence Rhode Island to Irish Catholic parents. His catalogue of songs include Give My Regards to Broadway, Yankee Doodle Boy and Over There.

George M. Cohan 1878-1942

Appropriately, Irish American Jimmy Cagney played Cohan in the 1942 movie Yankee Doodle Dandy

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November 19,

Today In Irish History: The Irish at Gettysburg. Death of Wolfe Tone

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1798: Irish nationalist Wolfe Tone dies in jail from an apparently self-inflicted wound. Tone had been condemned to death for sedition by the British authorities. On the morning of his mooted execution, November 12th, he attempted to kill himself with a pen knife.

On being condemned, Tone stated from the dock:

I have laboured to abolish the infernal spirit of religious persecution, by uniting the Catholics and Dissenters. To the former I owe more than ever can be repaid. The service I was so fortunate as to render them they rewarded munificently; but they did more: when the public cry was raised against me—when the friends of my youth swarmed off and left me alone—the Catholics did not desert me; they had the virtue even to sacrifice their own interests to a rigid principle of honour; they refused, though strongly urged, to disgrace a man who, whatever his conduct towards the Government might have been, had faithfully and conscientiously discharged his duty towards them; and in so doing, though it was in my own case, I will say they showed an instance of public virtue of which I know not whether there exists another example.

READ: Interesting Blog on Wolfe Tone

READ: Short History of Wolfe Tone

1918: Irish politician, Labour party leader and one time Tanaiste (deputy prime minister) Brendan Corish is born in Wexford. He also served as  Minister for Health and Minister for Social Welfare in coalition governments.

1863:President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address dedicating a national cemetery at the site of the battlefield in Pennsylvania where   numerous Irish fought and died during the fearsome battle of the previous July.

tuam galway born patrick kelly

Patrick Kelly

On July 2nd, the  Irish Brigade under County Galway born Colonel Patrick Kelly suffered 200 casualties. By the end of the battle, an Irish Brigade which had started the war with 2,500 men was reduced to 300. Kelly himself was killed at theSiege of Petersburg in 1864.

1935: Corporate guru, former CEO of GE, Jack Welch is born to Irish Catholic parents in Salem, Massachusetts.

1957: One of Ireland’s greatest ever footballers Jack O’Shea is born in Cahirciveen, Co. Kerry.

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For the Love of Being Irish written by Chicago based Corkman Conor Cunneen and illustrated by Mark Anderson which is an A-Z of all things Irish. This is a book that contains History, Horror, Humor, Passion, Pathos and Lyrical Limericks that will have you giving thanks (or wishing you were) For the Love of Being Irish

Watch For the Love of Being Irish author Conor Cunneen – IrishmanSpeaks on his Youtube channel IrishmanSpeaks. Laugh and Learn.

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This history is written by Irish author, business keynote speaker and award winning humoristIrishmanSpeaks – 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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