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October 13,

Loyalist Ceasefire. Irish Medal of Honor Winner. St. Andrews Agreement on This Day in Irish History

October 13: TODAY in Irish History:

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Curated by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks

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

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1875: John Francis O’Sullivan – Medal of Honor

County Kerry born John Francis O’Sullivan is awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry during the Indian Wars. His Citation reads: The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Private John Francis O’Sullivan, United States Army, for gallantry in a long chase after Indians on 8 December 1874, while serving with Company I, 4th U.S. Cavalry, in action at Staked Plains, Texas.

O’Sullivan is buried in Woodside, New York.

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1994: Loyalist Ceasefire announced.

Loyalist para-military groups announce ceasefire in Northern Ireland. Loyalist leader Gusty Spence who had been convicted of killing a Catholic barman in 1966 read a statement on behalf of the Combined Loyalist Military Command consisting of Ulster Volunteer Force, Ulster Defence Association and the Red Hand Commando stating that the Command would “cease operational hostilities.” The move came after a similar announcement by the IRA seven weeks previously.

The loyalists also offered a statement of remorse. Gusty Spence, who had been convicted of a sectarian murder almost thirty years previously read the statement and offered an apology.

“In all sincerity, we offer to the loved ones of all innocent victims over the past 25 years abject and true remorse – Let us firmly resolve to respect our differing views of freedom, culture and aspiration and never again permit our political circumstances to degenerate into bloody warfare.”

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Gusty Spence Announces Loyalist Ceasefire

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2006: St. Andrews Agreement.

A momentous day in Northern Irish politics as parties from both sides of the divide come together to sign the St Andrews in relation to the devolution of power to Northern Ireland. The agreement resulted from multi-party talks held in St Andrews in Fife, Scotland, from 11 October to 13 October 2006, between the two governments and all the major parties in Northern Ireland, including the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Sinn Féin. It resulted in the restoration of the Northern Ireland Assembly, the formation (on 8 May 2007) of a new Northern Ireland Executive and a decision by Sinn Féin to support the Police Service of Northern Ireland, courts and rule of law.

READ: St. Andrews Agreement

 

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June 22,

Kelly, the Boy from Killane. Irish Medal of Honor Winner. Killing of Sir Henry Hughes Wilson

June 22: 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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ON THIS DAY

1798: Execution of 1798 rebel John Kelly, known to most every Irish schoolboy as “Kelly, the boy from Killane.” Little is known about his exploits and he would be unknown today if he was not celebrated in song and verse by Luke Kelly and the Dubliners.

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1865:  Irish born David Bass is awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for valor during the attack on Fort Fisher, 15 January 1865.

His citation reads:

Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1843, Ireland. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 59, 22 June 1865. Citation: On board the U.S.S. Minnesota in action during the assault on Fort Fisher, 15 January 1865. Landing on the beach with the assaulting party from his ship, S/man Bass advanced to the top of the sand hill and partly through the breach in the palisades despite enemy fire which killed and wounded many officers and men. When more than two-thirds of the men became seized with panic and retreated on the run, he remained with the party until dark, when it came safely away, bringing its wounded, its arms, and its colors.

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1822: Death of Co. Longford born (1864) Sir Henry Hughes Wilson.

Wilson was deputy chief of staff of the British Expeditionary Force on the Western Front at the outbreak of World War I and was appointed Imperial Chief of Staff in 1918, a position he held until he retired in 1922 to become MP for North Down.

Wilson was shot dead by two Irish volunteers in London in June 1922, Joseph O’Sullivan (1897-1922)  had lost a leg fighting with the British Army at Ypres and another former British soldier Reginald Dunne.

The killing of Wilson after the Treaty had been signed, outraged English opinion. The Times wrote:

“Field-Marshall Sir Henry Wilson, the famous and gallant soldier, was murdered yesterday upon the threshold of his London home. The murderers were Irishmen. Their deed must rank among the foulest in the foul category of Irish political crimes”

Exactly why he was killed has never been satisfactorily explained with some sources suggesting Michael Collins ordered the killing in retaliation for ongoing anti-Catholic violence in Northern Ireland.

Sir Henry Hughes Wilson

Sir Henry Hughes Wilson           1864-1922

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