Posts tagged ‘Irish medal of honor winners’

October 26,

Chile’s Irish Liberator John McKenna – Titanic’s Unsinkable Molly Brown – Tiperary’s Medal of Honor Winner

October 26: TODAY in Irish History:

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chilean patriot Irish born Juan MacKenna

Monaghan-born John (Juan) MacKenna

Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks 

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1771: John (Juan) MacKenna –Co-Liberator of Chile

Birth of John MacKenna (born McKenna) in County Monaghan.

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chilean patriot Irish born Juan MacKenna
Juan MacKenna 1771-1814

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MacKenna, along with first generation Chilean Irishman Bernardo O’Higgins played a pivotal role in securing Chilean independence from Spain. MacKenna left Ireland as an eleven year old for Spain to live with exiled Irish relatives. At age 16 he became a cadet  in the ‘Regiment Irlanda’ ( the Irish Brigade) in the Spanish army.

In 1796, he transferred to South America, becoming friendly with Bernardo O’Higgins. When Chile rebelled against Spanish rule, MacKenna sided with the rebels and is credited with a number of significant victories over the Spanish including a victory over superior forces at Membrillo. After a coup d’état in 1814 he was exiled to Argentina and died in a duel in Buenos Aires.

In 2010, the Irish and Chilean Postal Service jointly issued stamps celebrating MacKenna and O’Higgins

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Juan MacKenna and Bernardo O'Higgins Irish Chilean connection

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READ: Juan MacKenna – Co-Liberator of Chile

http://www.irishidentity.com/geese/stories/djuanmckenna.htm

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READ: Chile’s Irish Patriots

http://www.turtlebunbury.com/history/history_irish/history_irish_chile.htm

Monaghan Museum

In 2010, a replica of the sabre used by General Don Juan MacKenna, was donated to Monaghan County Museum by Chilean Ambassador, CeceliaMcKenna, a direct descendent of MacKenna.

The sabre is currently on display in the museum, and is a welcome addition to the collection, which already includes a bust and a portrait of the General. The original would have been used for ceremonial purposes.

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1862: John J Nolan Sergeant. Medal of Honor

John J Nolan Sergeant, Company K, 8th New Hampshire Infantry is awarded the Medal of Honor for an action that took place at Georgia Landing, La. He entered service at: Nashua, N.H. Born: 24 June 1844, Ireland.

The Citation reads: The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Sergeant John J. Nolan, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 27 October 1862, while serving with Company K, 8th New Hampshire Infantry, in action at Georgia Landing, Louisiana. Although prostrated by a cannon shot, Sergeant Nolan refused to give up the flag which he was carrying as Color Bearer of his regiment and continued to carry it at the head of the regiment throughout the engagement.

SEE: MilitaryTimes.com

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1878: Mayo Tenants Defence Association, the precursor to the Irish Land League holds its first meeting in Castlebar, demanding The Land of Ireland for the people of Ireland.

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1932: The unsinkable Molly Brown

The unsinkable Molly Brown of Titanic fame dies.

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The Unsinkable Molly Brown 1867-1932

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Brown was born to Irish immigrants John and Johanna Tobin in 1867 in Hannibal Missouri (boyhood homoe of Markt Twain.) She became famous for her rescue attempts of passengers during the ill fated Titanic voyage. Man ycritics believed fact and fiction merged in Brown’s telling of the Titanic disaster, but she became extremely well known for her version of events.

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October 25,

Death of Cork Lord Mayor Terence McSwiney – Olympic Hero Peter O’Connor – Congressional Medal of Honor Winner

October 25: TODAY in Irish History:

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Terence McSwiney

Cork Lord Mayor Terence McSwiney

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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1864: Joseph Keele, Congressional Medal of Honor

Irish born Joseph Keele is awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

His citation reads:

Rank and organization: Sergeant Major, 182d New York Infantry. Place and date: At North Anna River, Va., 23 May 1864. Entered service at: Staten Island, N.Y. Birth: Ireland. Date of issue: 25 October 1867. Citation: Voluntarily and at the risk of his life carried orders to the brigade commander, which resulted in saving the works his regiment was defending.

SEE: HomeofHeroes.com

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1872: Birth of Athlete Peter O’Connor

All but forgotten today, Peter O’Connor was a remarkable character who thumbed his nose at Britain after winning gold medals in that country’s colors.

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Peter O'Connor Irish Olympian
Peter O’Connor 1872-1957

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Wikipedia writes:

“Born in Millom, Cumberland, England on 24 October 1872, O’Connor grew up in Wicklow, County Wicklow, Ireland. He joined the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) in 1896. In 1899 he won All-Ireland medals in long jump, high jump and hop, step and jump (triple jump). Over the next ten years he consistently beat British athletes in international competitions. The (British) Amateur Athletic Association invited him to represent Britain in the Olympic Games in 1900, but he refused as he only wished to represent Ireland.

O’Connor traveled to Athens in 1906 to represent Ireland in what were known as the Intercalated Olympic Games. As Ireland was not an independent nation, he was forced to represent Britain. Following his victory in the Hop, Step and Jump, he climbed the Olympic flagpole and waved an Irish flag!”

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Peter O'Connor Irish Athlete olympian

Source: Mark Quinn, The King of Spring: the Life and Times of Peter O’Connor

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1921: Death of Cork Lord Mayor Terence McSwiney on Hunger Strike

Terence McSwiney on this day in Irish history

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The above image is from PRINCIPLES of FREEDOM, by Terence McSwiney, published after his death.

McSwiney was Sinn Fein Lord Mayor of Cork during the War of Independence. After his arrest in 1920 for sedition, he went on hunger strike in Brixton Jail, England. A botched effort to force feed him hastened his death after 74 days. His funeral in Cork was viewed by over 100,000 people. McSwiney was confident “that my death will do more to smash the British Empire than my release.” His death energized an already emotional anti-British population.
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Terence McSwiney Cork Lord Mayor
Memorial Card Terence McSwiney

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FREE DOWNLOAD: Principles of Freedom at Project Gutenberg.

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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.

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