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July 27,

U2 Play Leixlip – The Siege of Derry – Sir Arthur Vicars at Today in Irish History

July 27: TODAY in Irish History:

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1689: The Siege of Derry

The Siege of Derry which had commenced on 18 April nears its end, something that the desperate, starving inhabitants of the city are not aware of. On this day Thomas Ashe, one of the city’s defenders writes in his journal:

“God knows, we never stood in such need of supply; for now there is not one week’s provisions in the garrison. Of necessity we must surrender the city, and make the best terms we can for ourselves. Next Wednesday is our last, if relief does not arrive before it. This day the cows and horses, sixteen of the first, and twelve of the last, were slaughtered; the blood of the cows was sold at four pence per quart, and that of the horses at two pence … There is not a dog to be seen, they are all killed and eaten.”

The Siege of Derry would be over with two days. The city, a Williamite (Protestant) stronghold, was besieged by a Catholic Jacobite army until it was relieved by Royal Navy ships.

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1862: Sir Arthur Vicars

Birth of Sir Arthur Vicars in England. Vicars spent most of his life in Ireland where he was Custodian of the Irish Crown Jewels when they were stolen in 1907. Vicars was dismissed from his post as a result. The jewels have never been found.

Vicars retired to his home in County Kerry. During the War of Independence when the IRA often targeted members of the Anglo-Protestant Ascendency, Vicars was taken from his home and executed by the IRA.

See New York Times article on death of Sir Arthur Vicars

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Sir Arthur Vicars 1862-1921

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1938: Death of Atarctic Explorer, Kerry born Tom Crean

Death of Antarctic explorer Tom Crean who was born in Gortacurraun, Annascaul Co. Kerry in 1877. Crean joined the Royal Navy at a young age. He was one of the crew selected by Captain Robert Scott for his ill-fated expedition to the South Pole. Crean and two others were ordered by Scott to return to base camp within 150 miles of their goal.  Though devastated at the time, the decision obviously saved his life.

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Tom Crean Antartic 1911

Crean’s expertise and toughness was then recognized by Ernest Shackleton in his valiant efforts to sled across the Antarctic in 1915-16.

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Tom Crean with sleigh puppies during Shackleton expedition

Crean retired in 1920 and returned to Co. Kerry where he lived in relative anonymity despite (or maybe because of) being a recipient of the Albert Medal and three Polar Medals, In the madness that often permeates Irish history, Crean’s brother Cornelius Crean, a sergeant in the Royal Irish Constabulary, was shot dead by the IRA in County Cork on 25 April, 1920. IrishMedals.org writes “Sergeant Cornelius Crean who was struck by four bullets, a married man his wife ran a small hotel on King’s Street Cork. He was a native of Annascaul County Kerry and had served with the RIC for twenty eight years, He was a well known sportsman and had played in the Munster Rugby Cup matches with the Cork Constitution Team.”

 

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RIC Sergeant Cornelius Crean killed by IRA

READ: Detailed Bio of Tom Crean

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SEE:  Tom Crean – Unsung Hero

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1980: U2 Play Leixlip

A very young U2 play their first open air gig at Leixlip, Co. Kildare opening for The Police, a concert which your site curator Conor Cunneen attended. Other bands featured were Squeeze and Q-Tips. Leixlip Castle was once the home of Arthur Guinness.

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WATCH: A Short History of Ireland

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April 6,

Arrest of Oscar Wilde – Footballer Peter Doherty – Reverend Ian Paisley

April 6: TODAY in Irish History:

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Oscar Wilde image in For the Love of Being Irish

Oscar Wilde image in For the Love of Being Irish

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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1895: Arrest of Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde is arrested after losing his libel case against the Marquess of Queensbury.

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Image of Oscar Wilde in For the Love of Being Irish by Conor Cunneen. Illustrations my Mark Anderson.

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Oscar Wilde illustrated in For the Love of Being Irish

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Married to Constance Lloyd and father of two children Cyril (1885-1915) and Vyvyan (1886-1967), Wilde was also conducting an ongoing affair with Lord Alfred “Bosie”  Douglas, the third son of the Marquess of Queensbury.  When the outraged Marquess called Wilde a homosexual, the Irish playwright took the silly decision to sue for libel. He lost, was arrested for homosexuality (then a crime) and sentenced to two years hard labor for gross indecency.

Following his release, he wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol which was dedicated to Charles Thomas Woodridge “Sometime Trooper of the Royal Horse Guards” who was executed for murdering his wife prompting Wilde to famously write

Yet each man kills the thing he loves
By each let this be heard.
Some do it with a bitter look,
Some with a flattering word.
The coward does it with a kiss,
The brave man with a sword!

Jail broke his spirit “and that each day is like a year, a year whose days are long,”  and a lonely, desolate, poverty stricken  Wilde died in Paris in 1900 at age 46.

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READ: The Ballad of Reading Gaol

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1926: Ian Paisley

Ian Paisley, Moderator and minister of the Free Presbyterian Church,  and dominating voice of reactionary loyalist emotion for most of the latter part of the twentieth century is born in Armagh. Paisley first came to prominence in the 1960s organizing demonstrations and loyalist paramilitary groups that often bordered on the edge of legality.

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Ian Paisley

Cover image of Clifford Smith book on Ian Paisley

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In 1969, Paisley was jailed along for organizing an illegal counter-demonstration against a Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association march in Armagh. His bullying personality and robust  anti-papist rhetoric made him a hero amongst working class Protestants. Over a period of time, the big man mellowed from one who was a leading architect of the downfall of the Sunningdale power sharing agreement to joining in government with life long foe (and former IRA leader) Martin McGuinness. On 8 May 2007 Paisley was elected as First Minister of Northern Ireland with Martin McGuinness as the deputy First Minister.

Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness

Who’d a thunk? Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness

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1990: Peter Doherty

Peter Doherty

Peter Doherty

On this day in 1990, death of Peter Doherty (b.1913) , one of the finest footballers to play for Northern Ireland. Over a distinguished career he won a League Championship medal with Manchester City in 1938, an FA Cup medal with Derby and in the words of one of his opponents (later Manchester City Manager) Joe Mercer “”Of all the opponents I faced I particularly remember Doherty, who was unplayable on his day. He was built like a greyhound, very fast and elusive but with stamina, too. He had a Rolls-Royce engine in him.”

Doherty went on to manage Northern Ireland and took the tiny nation to the 1958 World Cup Finals in Stockholm.

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READ: Biography Peter Doherty

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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

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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)