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September 22,

Galway born Confederate General Patrick Moore – Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney Long Count

September 22: TODAY in Irish History:

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General Patrick Moore

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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1821: Galway born Confederate General Patrick Moore

Confederate Brigadier-General Patrick T. Moore is born at Galway, Ireland.

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Galway born Patrick Moore 1821-1883

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In the spring of 1861 he was commissioned colonel of the First regiment, Virginia infantry, which was assigned to Longstreet’s brigade of the army under Beauregard at Manassas. He participated in the affair at Blackburn’s ford and the battle of Manassas, in the latter action receiving a severe wound in the head while leading his regiment.

He survived the war and died in 1883. A number of Irish attained high rank in the Confederate forces. The most lauded was Cork born Stonewall of the West” Patrick Cleburne who perished at the Battle of Franklin.

READ: Biography of Patrick Moore

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1920: Rineen Ambush

The Mid-Clare Brigade of the IRA ambush and kill six Royal Irish Constabulary officers in a well-planned attack. In reprisal, British forces murdered a number of local residents and  burned houses.

In oral history, Andrew O’Donoghue, former commander of the  5th Batallion, Mid-Clare IRA Brigade said, “The enemy did carry out most frightful reprisals that night and there was no one to molest them. It was a splendid chance lost because the British forces – R.I.C., Black and Tans and military – all went berserk in their orgy of destruction, becoming frightfully drunk in the process and, throwing all precaution to the winds, became sitting ducks for properly placed ambushers.”

READMore on Andrew O’Donoghue’s Memoirs

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READ: FASCINATING Lengthy Witness Statement by Mid-Clare IRA Commander Andrew O’Donoghue

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1927: The Long Count – Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney

1927: Irish Americans Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney fight for the World Heavyweight Title in a rematch at Soldier Field Chicago. The bout became famous for “The Long Count.”  (This has nothing to do with Irish born Bram Stoker who wrote Count Dracula!)

The previous year, Tunney had beaten Dempsey over ten rounds to secure the World Title.

Dempsey’s failure to move to a neutral corner after knocking Tunney down in this rematch, delayed the start of the count allowing Tunney to get off the canvas. The referee finally counted to nine. Whether Tunney would have been able to get up, if the referee had not delayed the count will never be known. There is little doubt that over the complete fight Tunney was the better boxer.

Gene Tunney was son of emigrants John Tunney and Mary Lydon, both from Co. Mayo.

Both of Dempsey’s parents were of Irish extraction.

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THE LONG COUNT

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1943: Irish artist Robert Ballagh is born in Dublin

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WATCH: A Short History of Ireland

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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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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 

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

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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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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)