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January 5,

Tip O’Neill – The Cuba Five – Kingsmill Massacre

January 5: TODAY in Irish History:

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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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1871: The Cuba Five

British authorities release over thirty Fenian prisoners including John Devoy and Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa. The conditional amnesty of 1871 required those released not to return to Ireland for the term of their respective sentences for treason. Devoy, O’Donovan Rossa and three others: Charles Underwood O’Connell, Henry Mulleda, and John McClure boarded the S.S. Cuba bound for New York where the “Cuba Five” were greeted as heroes by their Irish brethern.

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The Cuba Five: Devoy, O’Connell, Mulleda, Rossa, McClure

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1976: IRA Execute TEN Protestant Civilians in Kingsmill Massacre.

10 Protestent men are shot dead returning home in a mini-bus from a textile factory in Bessbrook. The attack took place near the village of Kingsmill, carried out by a group calling itself the South Armagh Republican Action Force, almost certainly consisting of Provisional IRA members. The men were targeted purely because of their religion and in retaliation for the murders of six Catholics by the UVF the previous day.

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Documentary about Kingsmill Massacre


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1994: Tip O’Neill

Thomas “Tip” O’Neill, former speaker of the house dies. Along with Ted Kennedy, he was one of the last truly liberal politicians in Washington and like Kennedy, a great fried of Ireland.  On his death, Senator Bob Dole, often an arch critic of O’Neill said of the gregarious Massachusetts representative certainly will go down in history as one of the great political leaders of our time.”

Born to Catholic parents of Irish descent (Mallow, Co. Cork) in a working class area of Cambridge, he first became active in politics when working for the failed presidential election campaign of Al Smith, (the first Catholic to seek that office) in 1928.  “All I knew was that Al Smith was an Irish Catholic and we had been suppressed all our lives,” he said. O’Neill succeeded John Fitzgerald Kennedy to what was then the 11th Congressional District, when Kennedy became Senator in 1953.

O’Neill regularly butted heads with fellow Irish-American pol Ronald Reagan. “I never forgot from where I came. He kind of forgot,” O’Neill wrote, but they were also amiable acquaintances. “Until six o’clock, I was the enemy and he never let me forget it,” wrote Reagan in An American LifeA strong supporter of John Hume he worked with Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Ted Kennedy and Governor Hugh Carey to reduce US funding for IRA activities in Northern Ireland and helped build a bipartisan peace process.

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Friends & Enemies: Reagan and Tip O’Neill

O’Neill’s autobiography written with William Novak Man of the House is a fine read on American politics and its characters.

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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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June 6,

Robert Kennedy Assassination – Reagan Pointe du Hoc Speech at Today in Irish History

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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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1820: Death of Henry Grattan

Death of politician and opponent of the 1800 Act of Union, Henry Grattan (b. 1746). Born to Anglo Irish Protestant wealth, Grattan entered the Irish Parliament in 1775. A brilliant orator, he was one of the key players in winning legislative independence for Ireland in 1782.

This unfortunately was to last only until the Act of Union, to which he was bitterly opposed. Despite his opposition to the Act, he did later take his seat in the House of Commons in London.

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1940: Rugby International Willie John McBride

Willie John McBride, inspirational Irish and Lions rugby player is born in Ballymena, Co. Antrim. In a career spanning 1962-75, the big man played 63 times for Ireland and 17 times for the Lions. He captained the British and Irish Lions to the first ever test series victory against South Africa in a brutal and memorable set of games in 1974. The tour itself was marred by much controversy and opposition to playing in apartheid ridden South Africa.

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See also The Invincibles. Lions Tour of South Africa 1974

McBride leads Lions team out at start of this video and is seen being carried shoulder high by his delighted team mates.

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1966: Bobby Kennedy Assassination

Twenty six hours after being shot by disaffected Palestinian supporter Sirhan Sirhan, Robert Kennedy dies of his wounds. The younger and devoted brother of Jack Kennedy, he had been the trusted aide, counselor and Attorney General to the President’s assassination the previous November.

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Following JFK’s assassination, he stayed in government under Lyndon Johnson, a man he despised as uncouth and unsuitable to follow his brother. The emotions were mutual. Kennedy resigned the AG office to run for Senator for New York in late 1964 – an election he won with ironically, strong support from Johnson.

Although originally elevated to the Attorney General role, that he was hardly qualified for by his presidential brother, Bobby proved an effective and tough AG and a maturing politician before his death.

His finest moment may have been when he announced the assassination of Martin Luther King to an audience in Indiana, news that he had only heard minutes previously. It is a beautiful, poignant speech.

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READ: Interesting speech by Robert Kennedy to Friendly Sons of St. Patrick

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1984: Ronald Reagan, Peggy Noonan and The Boys of Pointe du Hoc

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In Normandy, Ronald Reagan delivers his famed The Boys of Pointe du Hoc  speech at Ceremony Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion, D-day. Reagan’s speech was crafted by a young Irish American Peggy Noonan whose grandmother was “a big, broad Irish peasant, a poor girl who came from a family where they sheared the lambs in the house. She was a plain and modest woman who loved her church and her faith.” Noonan states at her website that the grandmother “had this funny little habit of, um, reading tea leaves. And when the priests would come to call, she and her friends would run around hiding the teacups from which she was divining the future. But she was from mystical, spirit-filled Ireland, where as a child she actually saw fairies frolic in the glen. If you saw fairies, you’d read tea leaves too. “

In speech making, Noonan is no one hit wonder. She crafted Reagan’s memorable and poignant speech on the Challenger disaster, January 28 1986, a speech that was crafted by necessity in one afternoon.

Today, she is a Wall Street Journalist and continues to be an unabashed supporter of her Irish American brother Ronald Reagan. An author of a number of best sellers, her book on communication Simply Speaking is a concise masterpiece on getting your message across.

For Full Text of The Boys of Pointe du Hoc

Ronald Reagan and Peggy Noonan

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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)