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June 10,

Brighton Bomber Patrick Magee – Tenor Frank Patterson at Today in Irish History

June 10: 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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1986: Brighton Thatcher Bomber Patrick Magee

Patrick Joseph Magee is found guilty of planting the bomb at the Grand Hotel Brighton which killed five people, but missed its primary target Margaret Thatcher. The bombing was testament to the ingenuity of the IRA and its bomb makers.

Brighton bomber Patrick Magee

The 30 lb bomb had been planted behind a bath in a room on the sixth floor more than three weeks earlier. Timed to go off on the final day of the conference, it exploded in the early hours of October 12 1984 killing five prominent Conservatives, including Sir Anthony Berry MP, and injuring 34.

The bomb destroyed a bathroom that Mrs. Thatcher had been in just a few minutes previously.

Magee had stayed in the hotel under the false name of Roy Walsh four weeks previously, during the weekend of 14–17 September 198. He planted the bomb, with a long-delay timer, in the bathroom wall of his room, number 629.  Magee was charged with the bombing when forensic officers found his palm print on a hotel registration card following the blast.

Sentenced to a minimum 35 years in jail, he was released from prison in 1999 as part of the Good Friday Agreement early release program. Magee is one of many on both sides of the conflict whose release raises differing emotions.

Grand Hotel following IRA bomb

In one of the more compelling twists associated with the Northern Ireland troubles, Magee has worked diligently since his release to ease tensions in Northern Ireland and has developed a strong working relationship with Jo Berry, daughter of one of the people Magee killed.

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READ: Love thy Enemy

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READ: BBC report on  Brighton Bomber.

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2000: Tenor Frank Patterson

Death of Irish tenor Frank Patterson. In addition to being an accomplished and very successful singer for Irish American audiences, Patterson also featured in in a number of movies including The Dead, Millers Crossing and Michael Collins.

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WATCH: A Short History of Ireland

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November 15,

Anglo-Irish Agreement 1985. Actor Tyrone Power. Charles Thomson – Continental Congress at Today in Irish History

November 15: 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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1777: The Articles of Confederation

The Articles of Confederation, the first written constitution of the United States is adopted by the Continental Congress. A number of the Congress were Irish born including secretary of the Congress Charles Thomson who was born in Maghera, County Derry in 1729. Thomson was the permanent Secretary of the Continental Congress for more than fifteen years. At least three signatories to the Declaration of Independence were Irish – James Smith, George Taylor and Matthew Thornton

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Charles Thompson, Irish born Secretary Continental Congress

Charles Thompson, Irish born Secretary Continental Congress

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READ: Biography Charles Thomson, Irish-born Secretary Continental Congress

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1958: Death of Tyrone Power

Screen idol Tyrone Power, descendant of Irish born actor and comedian Tyrone Power (1795-1841) dies at age of 44 from a heart attack.

Tyrone Power and Maureen O'Hara Black Swan

Tyrone Power and Maureen O’Hara in poster for The Black Swan

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1985: Anglo-Irish Irish Agreement signed

Anglo-Irish Irish Agreement signed which gives Dublin government an advisory role in Northern Ireland is signed by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald at Hillsborough Castle in County Down. Dublin a role in Northern Ireland for the first time in more than 60 years allowing a framework for regular conferences between British and Irish ministers to discuss matters affecting Northern Ireland.

Not surprisingly, the agreement was vehemently opposed by leading Loyalist figures but also by some of Mrs. Thatcher’s closest ally. Treasury minister Ian Gow resigned in protest. Gow paid dearly for his stance on Northern Ireland. He was killed by an IRA bomb placed in his car on July 30 1990.

Signing of Anglo Irish Agreement 1985

Signing of Anglo Irish Agreement 1985 (Credit Peter Kemp/AP)

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Signing of Anglo Irish Agreement

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Ian Paisley Rails against Anglo Irish Agreement

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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.

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