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February 8,

Mad Dog Coll Gets Whacked – Daniel O’Connell’s Final Speech at Today in Irish History

February 8: TODAY in Irish History:

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Vincent Mad Dog Coll born in Donegal Ireland

Vincent “Mad Dog” Coll

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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1847: Famine Food Riots

The Cork Examiner reports that following food riots by starving famine victims, “a deputation, consisting of the principal Master Bakers in the city, waited on the Magistrates at the Police-office, and stated that in consequence of the present alarming height to which the disturbances in the city have risen, they should be compelled to close their shops and sell no more bread unless the court would ensure to them the protection of the military and police force.”

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1847: Daniel O’Connell Final Speech

Daniel O'Connell

Daniel O’Connell 1775-1847

An ailing Daniel O’Connell makes his final speech to House of Commons pleading for help for a starving Ireland.

“”She is in your hands — in your power. If you do not save her, she cannot save herself. I solemnly call on you to recollect that I predict, with the sincerest conviction, that one- fourth of her population will perish unless you come to her relief.”

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1908: Irish Women’s Franchise League

Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington

Irish Women’s Franchise League is founded by Hanna Sheehy Skeffington and Margaret Cousins. with the intention of gaining voting rights for women.

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1932: Mad Dog Coll gets Whacked

Vincent “Mad Dog” Coll is gunned down by Chicago mobsters, a fate he had imposed on some of his fellow Chicago mobsters. He was born born Uinseann Ó Colla in Gweedore, Donegal in 1908.

Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll in court
Vincent “Mad Dog” Coll in court

Coll, by all accounts was a ruthless, violent criminal. His parents emigrated to America when he was one year old. Abandoned by his father, he grew up in poverty. Coll’s brother, Peter, was killed one year before he met his death. Coll’s   fate was sealed after he started a gang war by shooting colleagues of his former mob boss Dutch Schultz. Coll was gunned down while making a phone call in a drug store.

Coll was one of a number of mob figures with strong Irish connections.

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SEE: ‘Mad Dog Coll – An Irish Gangster’  by Breandán Delap

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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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January 16,

British Hand Over Dublin Castle 1922

January 16: TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by IrishmanSpeaks)

1919: Prohibition takes effect in United States. Much of the logic driving prohibition and the temperance movement had latent anti-immigrant, anti-Irish foundations. The Irish and other immigrants were often seen by the movement  (with some justification) as part of an alcohol and drunkenness problem and a threat to the well-being of the nation. The introduction of prohibition proved a boon to lawlessness and brought numerous Irish and Irish American gangsters to the fore including Legs Diamond, Vincent “Mad Dog” Coll and Dion O’Banion.

1922: In one of the great symbolic acts in Irish history the last Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland, Edmund Talbot Fitzallen, formally hands over power to Michael Collins and keys to Dublin Castle. On the same date, a number of IRA units vote note to recognize the government and the country heads inexorably to civil war.

Lord Lieutenant FitzAlan is reported to have said, “You are seven minutes late Mr. Collins” to which he received the reply “We’ve been waiting over seven hundred years, you can have the extra seven minutes”.

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Michael Collins arrives by taxi to Dublin Castle

Michael Collins arrives by taxi to Dublin Castle

Michael Collins castle handover

Kevin O’Higgins and Collins following handover of Dublin Castle

Michael Collins in For the Love of Being Irish

Michael Collins image in For the Love of Being Irish written by Conor Cunneen, illustrated by Mark Anderson.

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

Editor of Today in Irish History, Conor Cunneen is just the 63rd person in the history of Toastmasters International to be awarded Accredited Speaker designation. As a Chicago based professional speaker, this Irishman’s client base ranges from Harley-Davidson to Helsinki, from Memphis to Madrid as he Energizes, Educates and Entertains his audience to grow their business, people, teamwork and productivity. Here is a clip of Conor in action speaking about the Brand Experience that might just get you thirsty and help you grow your business!

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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

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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.

Visit Conor’s YouTube channel IrishmanSpeaksto Laugh and Learn. Tags: Best Irish Gift, Creative Irish Gift, Unique Irish Gifts, Irish Books, Irish Authors, Today in Irish History