Posts tagged ‘Irish poets’

August 19,

Poet Francis Ledwidge – The Irish in Boer War – The Catalpa Rescue at Today in Irish History

August 19: TODAY in Irish History:

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Poet Francis Ledwidge

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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1876: The Catalpa Rescue

The whaler Catalpa arrives in the United States, four months after it helped six Irish rebels escape from life imprisonment in Freemantle Prison. Eight years previously, an English convict ship the Hougoumont arrived in Fremantle carrying almost three hundred prisoners including six former British soldiers arrested and convicted of treason. The six Irishmen  James Wilson, Robert Cranston, Thomas Hassatt, Martin Hogan, Thomas Darragh, and Michael Harrington were Fenians and sentenced to life imprisonment.

In 1873, James Wilson, one of the “Fremantle Six” prisoners, wrote a letter to John Devoy, who had recruited him to join the Fenians pleading for help. Devoy put in motion a successful plan that became legendary in Irish Nationalist circles. He recruited George Anthony, captain of  the American whaler Catalpa, embarks on a secret mission to rescue the Fremantle Six..

The  Catalpa arrived at Rockingham beach near Fremantle to rendezvous with the escaped prisoners. The ship was not allowed escape without a fight. After a after a fierce confrontation with an armed British steamer, Anthony raised the American flag after which the British did not fire on the Catalpa. It would take four months for the six ex-prisoners to land in America to a thunderous reception.

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RTE DOCUMENTARY on the CATALPA RESCUE

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The Wolf Tones sing The Catalpa Rescue  (It’s really catchy)

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1887: Poet Francis Ledwidge is born.

Ledwidge’s collection of fifty poems, Songs of the Fieldswas published in 1915. Three months after his death in 1917 his second volume of poems appeared, Songs of Peace, and thirty three more poems under the title, Last Songs, were published in 1918.

Ledwidge  was killed in action at the Battle of Passchendaele during World War I.

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FREE Download: Songs of the Field at Archive.org

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1907: Boer War Memorial

A memorial arch is dedicated at St. Stephens Green Dublin in honor of the Irish soldiers who died fighting for “King and country” in the Boer war. Thousands of Irish fought in the Boer War for the British Army. And as always with the Irish, Irish fought against Irish thousands of miles from home. The executed 1916 leader John McBride mustered an Irish Brigade on the Boer side which engaged the Royal Dublin Fusiliers and the Inniskilling Fusiliers at the Battle of Colenso and other incidents.

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Memorial Arch Stephen's Green Dublin
Memorial Arch Stephen’s Green Dublin

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Dedicating the arch which still overlooks bustling Grafton Street, The Earl of Meath, in requesting his Royal Highness the Duke of Connaught to open the gates of the archway, said:—”Your Royal Highness, we meet to-day for the purpose of honouring the memory of the gallant men belonging to the Royal Dublin Fusiliers who sacrificed their lives for King and country in the late South African war. ……. Wherever British arms have penetrated, there the record of Irish valour need not be sought in brass or stone, but in the soil itself, which has been made  sacred to Erin’s sons by the knowledge that it holds the mortal remains of hearts which have been faithful to duty and to high ideals of Irish valour even to the gates of death. But, sir, it may safely be said that not in the Peninsula, nor in India—where this regiment under its old title, in a hundred fights never knew the meaning of the word defeat—did Irish soldiers ever cover themselves with greater glory than did the Dublin Fusiliers in the battles of South Africa—Talana, Colenso, Tugela Heights, Hart’s Hill, Ladysmith, and Laing’s Nek. These glorious contests are commemorated on the memorial arch which your Royal Highness will shortly declare open. Situated in the centre of the Irish capital this memorial, recording the gallant deeds of brave men, will be an ever-present reminder to coming generations of the citizens of Dublin of the obligations of loyalty, of faithfulness to duty and to honour which Ireland demands of all her sons. I have the honour, sir, on behalf of the Dublin Fusilier Memorial Committee, to ask your Royal Highness to declare the gates of the archway to be open.”

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Thousands of Irish fought in the Boer War for the British Army. And as always with the Irish, Irish fought against Irish thousands of miles from home. The executed 1916 leader John MacBride mustered an Irish Brigade on the Boer side which engaged the Royal Dublin Fusiliers and the Inniskilling Fusiliers at the Battle of Colenso and other incidents.

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John MacBride
John MacBride 1916 Leader and Boer War Veteran

 

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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

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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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August 10,

John Boyle O’Reilly – Roy Keane at Today in Irish History.

August 10: TODAY in Irish History:

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John Boyle O'Reilly at Today in Irish History

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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1890: John Boyle O’Reilly

Death of County Meath born Irish poet, writer and nationalist John Boyle O’Reilly.  O’Reilly was transported to Australia in 1868 for his Fenian activities, but escaped to America after two years where he ultimately became an American citizen.

John Boyle O'Reilly at Today in Irish History
Convict Pic John Boyle O’Reilly 1866

President Kennedy was an admirer of O’Reilly’s work and quoted him when speaking to Dail Eireann in 1963 stating:

“The world is large,” wrote John Boyle O’Reilly.

“The world is large when its weary
leagues two loving hearts divide,
“But the world is small when your enemy
is loose on the other side.”

Interestingly this was a speech where Kennedy got his facts wrong. The Kennedy’s knew good copy when they saw it and Bobby Kennedy used the same lines as JFK when speaking to The  Friendly Sons of St. Patrick on March 17, 1964.

DOWNLOAD free eBook of Songs, Legends and Ballads by John Boyle O’Reilly.

You can also read online MOONDYNE (1879) — a novel based on his experiences as a convict in Western Australia

More on John Boyle O’Reilly.

John Boyle O'Reilly 1844-1890
John Boyle O’Reilly 1844-1890

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1971: Roy Keane

Soccer player Roy Keane is born in Cork. “The Boy Roy” is possibly the finest (and fiestiest) player to ever play for the Republic of Ireland. Having previously played for Cobh Ramblers and Nottingham Forest, Keane achieved world fame and success with Manchester United with whom he won seven Premier League titles and four FA Cups. Keane’s greatest performance may have been in the Champions League semi-final against Italian side Juventus. Keane was booked early in the game which meant he was ineligible for the final, something that looked extremely unlikely as United fell two goals behind. Despite this, Keane scored the first of United’s three goals and put in a performance that had Red Devil’s manager Alex Ferguson raving.

“It was the most emphatic display of selflessness I have seen on a football field. Pounding over every blade of grass, competing if he would rather die of exhaustion than lose, he inspired all around him. I felt it was an honour to be associated with such a player.”

Keane was a magnificent footballer with a manic competitive desire which United fans saw as combative and opposition fans (mistakenly!) saw as dirty. Indeed one referee David Elleray sent Keane off four times!

Keane’s battles with Arsenal legend Patrick Viera were the stuff of legend. As you can see in this video clip, they even started before the game. (Note: The Boy Roy does not always use the Queen’s English!)

The love affair with United and Ferguson petered out in recent years as it has with many Irish fans following his abrupt departure from the Irish World Cup squad in 2902 after he savaged manager Mick McCarthy.

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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)