Posts tagged ‘Irish musicians’

October 15,

Boxer John L Sullivan – Sean Lemass at White House – Singer Josef Locke

October 15: TODAY in Irish History:

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John L Sullivan

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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1858: Boxer John L. Sullivan

John L. Sullivan nicknamed The Boston Strong Boy  is born in Roxbury, Mass. to Irish  immigrant parents, Michael Sullivan from Abbeydorney, County Kerry and the former Catherine Kelly from Athlone. Sullivan was one of the last of the great bare-knuckle fighters and the first fighter to win the world title wearing gloves. Bare-knuckle fighting was a brutal sport, not least when Sullivan defeated Jake Kilrain over 75 rounds (Yes, seventy five) in 1889 to retain his title. Kilrain, who was close to death at the end of the fight was a pallbearer at Sullivan’s funeral in 1918.

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John L. Sullivan

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READ: Sports Illustrated article on Sullivan-Kilrain fight

Sullivan was enormously popular at a time when the sport was often outlawed by various states. He was finally defeated in a title fight by Gentleman Jim Corbett in 1892. A (very) hard drinker during his ring career, he later became an advocate of prohibition.

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1963: Taoiseach Sean Lemass at White House

Just months after JFK visited Ireland, Sean Lemass visits the White House. Below are remarks from both parties

Sean Lemass at White House

Sean Lemass meeting with Kennedy

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1999: Death of Josef Locke

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Singer Josef Locke 11917-1999

Death of one of the great characters of Irish entertainment Josef Locke (born Joseph McLaughlin) at age of 82.

Although nearing the end of a very full life, Locke was a staple on Irish TV variety shows during the 60’s singing with an engaging enthusiasm songs such as Hear My Song, Violetta,  probably his most popular work and I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen, Dear Old Donegal, Galway Bay and The Isle of Innisfree.

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Want to learn more about Ireland? See these images and more in the acclaimed 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.

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October 3,

Sean O’Riada – Treaty of Limerick – IRA Calls Off Hunger Strike at Today in Irish History

October 3: TODAY in Irish History:

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Sean O Riada at Today in Irish History

Sean O’Riada 1931-1971

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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1691: Treaty of Limerick

Treaty of Limerick is  signed ending the Williamite war between the Jacobites and the supporters of William of Orange.

Treaty of Limerick allegedly signed on this Treaty Stone.

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Treaty Stone Limerick

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1971: Death of Sean O’Riada

A true Irish Gift to the world, Sean O’Riada leaves the world at the terribly young age of 40. This gifted genius suffered from the course of many Irish artists – Alcoholism.

One of Ireland’s finest composers and a major influence on traditional Irish music, Sean O Riada (John Reidy) was born in Cork in 1931. O’Riada’s love of music came from parents who were both competent traditional fiddlers.

“My father had a wonderful store of music. I remember him telling me that he would walk seven miles, and do a day’s work, to learn a tune.”

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Sean O Riada at Today in Irish History
Sean O Riada 1931-1971

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After travelling in Europe for a number of years, O Riada became musical director of Dublin’s famed Abbey Theatre for a number of years. His most famous composition is probably the score for the move Mise Éire (I am Ireland). O Riada started a traditional Irish “band” roup called Ceoltóirí Chualann whch morphed into the Chieftains following his death.

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1981: IRA Hunger Strike Called Off

IRA hunger strike called off at Maze prison. 10 IRA members died during the hunger strikes. While the IRA did not win immediate concessions, in some ways it was a Pyrrhic victory for Margaret Thatcher’s government. It galvanized support and membership for the IRA and generated huge sympathy for the strikers in the United States where fund-raising was a major priority. The death of the first hunger striker Bobby Sands created a martyr and an iconic figure in Republican folklore. Yet as Guardian journalist Roy Greenslade was to write thirty years later “the government gave in to every demand: prisoners wore their own clothes within two weeks, prison work was eventually dropped, the men were allowed to associate freely, and they were given educational facilities.”

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Bobby Sands mural, Falls Road Belfast

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READ: IRA Hunger Strike by Guardian journalist Roy Greenslade.

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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)