Posts tagged ‘Irish poets’

September 9,

Tom Kettle, The Unknown Great Irishman at Today in Irish History

September 9: TODAY in Irish History:

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Tom Kettle at today in Irish history

Tom Kettle 1880-1916

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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1806: Irish Supreme Court Justice William Paterson

Death of Antrin born William Paterson, a signatory of the U.S. Constitution and a Supreme Court Justice. Patterson’s family emigrated when he was a child. He went on to become the first Attorney General of New Jersey and a governor of the state.

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William Patterson 1745-1806

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1916: The Forgotten Visionary. Brave Tom Kettle 1880-1916

Death during the Battle of the Somme of a largely forgotten figure of Irish nationalism, but a giant in his day, Tom Kettle – poet, writer, war correspondent, visionary and barrister. The preface to his posthumously published book The Ways of War states “Kettle was one of the most brilliant figures both in the Young Ireland and Young Europe of his time.”

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Tom Kettle at today in Irish history
Tom Kettle 1880-1916

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Kettle was one of thousands of Irishmen who joined the British Army to fight for the freedom of small nations, but he had little time for England’s role in Ireland. As a student, he protested the playing of God Save the Queen at the conferring of Degrees. During the Boer War where many Irish died, he distributed anti-recruiting leaflets for a war that as so often happened saw Irish fight Irish.

In 1912, he was an early member of the fledgling Irish Volunteers and was in Belgium attempting to source arms for the nationalist cause when war broke out. His reaction to the German atrocities he witnessed inflamed him.

He wrote in August 1914 “This war is without parallel. Britain, France, Russia, enter it, purged from their past sins of domination. France is right now as she was wrong in 1870, England is right now as she was wrong in the Boer War, Russia is right now as she was wrong on Bloody Sunday.”

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Tom Kettle at today in Irish History
Bust of Tom Kettle – Stephen’s Green Dublin

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Tom Kettle: The Visionary

Kettle was also a visionary and one who saw Ireland not in a narrow nationalistic role as De Valera would try to define it, but  one whose “only programme for Ireland consists in equal parts of Home Rule and the Ten Commandments. My only counsel to Ireland is, that to become deeply Irish, she must become European.” That truly was (unfortunately) a revolutionary concept when he wrote it in 1916.

“There is a vision of Ireland,” he wrote in 1915, “better than that which sees in it only a cockpit, or eternal skull-cracking Donnybrook Fair–a vision that sees the real enemies of the nation to be ignorance, poverty, disease; and turning away from the ashes of dead hatreds, sets out to accomplish the defeat of these real enemies. Out of this disastrous war, we may pluck, as France and Belgium have plucked, the precious gift of national unity.”

Kettle was a superb orator and political wit sometimes. During a second reading of one of the numerous Women’s Suffrage Bills, ‘Mr. Speaker,’ he said in his rich Dublin accent and almost drawling intonation, ‘they say that if we admit women here as members, the House will lose in mental power.’ He flung a finger round the packed benches: ‘Mr. Speaker,’ he continued, ‘it is impossible.’

One of his political opponents was a “brilliant calamity.”

In a beautiful tribute to him in a French journal,L’Opinion, the writer says: “All parties bowed in sorrow over his grave, for in last analysisthey were all Irish, and they knew that in losing him, whether he was friend or enemy,they had lost a true son of Ireland. A son of Ireland? He was more. He was Ireland! He had fought for all the aspirations of his race, for Independence, for Home Rule, for the Celtic Renaissance, for a United Ireland, for the eternal Cause of Humanity. . . . He died, a hero in the uniform of a British soldier, because he knew that the faults of a period or of a man should not prevail against the cause of right or liberty.”

Source for Quotes: The Ways of War by Tom Kettle. FREE Download of The Ways of War at Archive.org

Just days before his death, Kettle wrote The Gift of Love, a poem for his infant daughter that he never saw.

THE GIFT OF LOVE

In wiser days, my darling rosebud, blown

To beauty proud as was your mother’s prime –

In that desired, delayed incredible time

You’ll ask why I abandoned you, my own,

And the dear breast that was your baby’s throne

To dice with death, and, oh! They’ll give you rhyme

And reason; one will call the thing sublime,

And one decry it in a knowing tone.

So here, while the mad guns curse overhead,

And tired men sigh, with mud for couch and floor,

Know that we fools, now with the foolish dead,

Died not for Flag, nor King, nor Emperor,

But for a dream, born in a herdsman’s shed,

And for the Secret Scripture of the poor.

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Kettle is memorialized at the Island of Ireland Peace Park, Messine Belgium. A stone tablet features one of his quotes “So here, while the mad guns curse overhead, and tired men sigh, with mud for couch and floor, know that we fools, now with the foolish dead, died not for Flag, nor King, nor Emperor, but for a dream born in a herdsman’s shed, and for the sacred scripture of the poor.”

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June 17,

Shorthand Inventor John Gregg – The Pogues’ Phil Chevron – Poet Emily Lawless at Today in Irish History

June 17: TODAY in Irish History:

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Shorthand inventor John Gregg

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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1845: Poet Emily Lawless

Emily Lawless

Emily Lawless 1845-1913

Irish novelist and poet Emily Lawless is born in County Kildare. She wrote a number of books but is probably best remembered for her book of poetry With the Wild Geese, an often forlorn, sorrowful book of poetry on the estimated 200,000 Irish who left Ireland from 1690-1750 to fight for continental armies of France and Spain primarily.

The poem After Aughrim (a pivotal battle in 1691 as Ireland fought a losing battle against English conquest) is representative of her work.

She said, ” They gave me of their best,

They lived, they gave their lives for me ;

I tossed them to the howling waste.

And flung them to the foaming sea.”

She said, ” I never gave them aught,

Not mine the power, if mine the will ;

I let them starve, I let them bleed, —

They bled and starved, and loved me still.”

She said, ” Ten times they fought tor me,

Ten times they strove with might and main.

Ten times I saw them beaten down,

Ten times they rose, and fought again.

She said, ” I stayed alone at home,

A dreary woman, grey and cold ;

I never asked them how they fared.

Yet still they loved me as of old.”

She said, ” I never called them sons,

I almost ceased to breathe their name.

Then caught it echoing down the wind.

Blown backwards from the lips of Fame.’

She said, Not mine, not mine that fame ;

Far over sea, far over land.

Cast forth like rubbish from my shores^

They won it yonder, sword in hand.”

She said, “God knows they owe me nought,

I tossed them to the foaming sea,

I tossed them to the howling waste,

Yet still their love comes home to me.

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READ: More poems by Emily Lawless

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1859: Painter Walter Osborne

Walter Osborne 1859-1903
Self-portrait in National Gallery of Ireland

Impressionist painter Walter Osborne is born in Rathmines, Co. Dublin.

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On Suffolk Sands by Walter Osborne

Walter Strickland’s 1913 Dictionery of Irish Artists states:

Walter Strickland’s 1913 Dictionery of Irish Artists states:

“Osborne was equally successful in portraiture, landscape, subjects and animals, and worked with equal facility in oil, water-colour, pastel and pencil.

Of engaging personality, he was held in affectionate regard by all his friends as a delightful companion and a true artist.

He died at his residence in Castlewood Avenue on the 24th April, 1903, of pneumonia, and was buried in Mount Jerome Cemetery

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1867: John Gregg, inventor of Gregg Shorthand is born in County Monaghan. He would die eighty years later in New York

Shorthand Inventor John Gregg 1867-1948

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1957: Phil Chevron (Phil Ryan), singer songwriter and Pogues guitarist is born in Dublin.

The Pogues: Phil Chevron front 2nd left with guitar

His most evocative Pogues work is Thousands are Sailing which he wrote shortly after landing in America for the first Pogues tour. Chevron says this time with the Pogues “were the best ten years of my life and the worst ten years!”

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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)