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August 8,

Manchester United Scout Billy Behan. U2 – The Edge on this day in Irish History

August 8: TODAY in Irish History:

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Today in Irish History: Curated by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks

Chicago Motivational Humorous Business Speaker, Author and History buff.

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For the Love of Being Irish

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August 8: TODAY in Irish History:

1911: Birth of Billy Behan, one of the men who made Manchester United one of the best clubs in world soccer. The Dublin born Behan scouted for the Red Devils for almost half a century discovering such players as Johnny Carey, Liam Whelan, Johnny Giles, Tony Dunne, Don Givens, Kevin Moran and Paul McGrath. In his memoir, John Giles – A Football Man, Giles says Behan was a “tall easy-going man” who had “a kind of a sixth sense for identifying the players who would make it.”

To the astonishment of many, Behan encouraged Dublin All Ireland Football hero Kevin Moran to sign for United. Moran went on to have a distinguished career on the soccer field playing for Ireland 71 times.

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1961: David Evan (The Edge) is born in England. When he was one, his family moved to the beautiful seaside village of Malahide, Co. Dublin. When Larry Mullen posted a notice at his high school Mount Temple Comprehensive seeking to start a band, Edge along with Paul Hewson (Bono) and Adam Clayton signed on. The rest is rock history and U2.

The  Edge playing Gillette Stadium 2008. Source Flickr xrayspx.

Edge’s unique sound has been a crucial element in the success of U2. Self-taught, he is rated #38 in the Rolling Stone list of Greatest Guitarists. His influences included the great Irish blues guitarist Rory Gallagher whom Rolling Stone place at #57 on their list (about 50 places too low!)

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For the Love of Being Irish written by Chicago based Corkman Conor Cunneen and illustrated by Mark Anderson is an A-Z of all things Irish. This is a book that contains History, Horror, Humor, Passion, Pathos and Lyrical Limericks that will have you giving thanks (or wishing you were) For the Love of Being Irish

Watch For the Love of Being Irish author Conor Cunneen – IrishmanSpeaks on his Youtube channel IrishmanSpeaks. Laugh and Learn.

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This history is written by Irish author, business keynote speaker and award winning humoristIrishmanSpeaks – 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)



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May 7,

Lusitania Sinking. Bishop Eamon Casey. Norman Whiteside on this day in Irish History

May 7: TODAY in Irish History:

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Today in Irish History: Curated by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks

Chicago Motivational Humorous Business Speaker, Author and History buff.

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ON THIS DAY

1915: The passenger liner Lusitania is torpedoed and sunk ten miles off the Old Head of Kinsale, Cork by German U-boat U-20 under the command of Captain Walter Schweiger, resulting in the death of 1,198 of the ship’s passengers and crew. Only 761 people survived what the United States and Britain saw as a flagrant breach of international law. The death of 124 US citizens turned much US opinion against Germany.

A debate has raged since as to whether the ship was a legitimate target. Although denied by Britain at the time, the ship almost certainly was carrying munitions which the passengers would not have been aware of and who definitely had no idea the ship might be a target. The sinking of the Lusitania was a tragedy for those who died. For Germany, it was a PR disaster.

lusitania sinking

1945: Christy Moore born in Newbridge, Co. Kildare. Few singer / songwriters have attained Moore’s popularity in Ireland. An original member of Planxty and Moving Hearts, he went on to great success as a solo artist.

1950: TV and political journalist Tim Russert Russert was born in Buffalo, New York to Irish American Catholic parents.

Tim Russert 1950-2008

1965: Northern Ireland soccer player Norman Whiteside is born in Belfast. Whiteside’s prodigious skills were discovered by Manchester United scout Bob Bishop (who was also responsible for bringing George Best to United). Before his career was blighted with injury, the young Whiteside posted some amazing statistics. He became the youngest player to appear in the World Cup (surpassing the great Pele) when at 17 years and 41 days, he played for Northern Ireland against Yugoslavia in Spain. The following year he became the youngest player to score in the English F.A. Cup final when Manchester United beat Brighton 4-0. Manchester United fans fondly remember him for scoring a wonder winning goal for ten-man Manchester United against Everton in extra time in the 1984 F.A. Cup Final after Dubliner Kevin Moran was sent off. Whiteside transferred to Everton, but knee injuries forced him to retire at 26.

1992: The Catholic Church in Ireland has had its fair share of scandals. View were as sensational or as voyeuristic as that involving the Bishop of Galway, Dr. Eamon Casey who resigned on this day in 1992 after the fact that he fathered a child in 1974 with Annie Murphy, an American divorcee became public.

Casey’s affair stunned an Ireland that still respected the Catholic Church. Prior to his downfall, he was an enormously popular charismatic character and raconteur who regularly appeared on Irish TV and talk shows. Casey left Ireland following the scandal working for many years as a missionary in Ecuador.

Bishop Eamon Casey before his downfall

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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

BUY Quality Quality Guinness and Ireland Rugby Shirts
Guinness Rugby Shirts - Brilliant!Rugby Shirt - Ireland


For the Love of Being Irish written by Chicago based Corkman Conor Cunneen and illustrated by Mark Anderson which is an A-Z of all things Irish. This is a book that contains History, Horror, Humor, Passion, Pathos and Lyrical Limericks that will have you giving thanks (or wishing you were) For the Love of Being Irish

Watch For the Love of Being Irish author Conor Cunneen – IrishmanSpeaks on his Youtube channel IrishmanSpeaks. Laugh and Learn.

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This history is written by Irish author, business keynote speaker and award winning humoristIrishmanSpeaks – 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 IrishmanSpeaksto Laugh and Learn. Tags: Best Irish Gift, Creative Irish Gift, Unique Irish Gifts, Irish Books, Irish Authors, Today in Irish History