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January 8,

Fenian Invasion of Canada – James Craig, Northern Ireland PM – Whiddy Ireland Disaster at Today in Irish History

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Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks  James Craig, First Prime Minister Northern Ireland

Conor is a Chicago based Motivational Humorous Business Speaker, Author and History buff.

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1871: Northern Ireland’s First Prime Minister

James Craig, 1st Viscount Craigavon,the first Prime Minister of Northern Ireland is born in Belfast.

James Craig, First Prime Minister Northern Ireland

James Craig

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Craig was a dominant and domineering figure in Irish politics during the first half of the 20th century and particularly during and after the partition of Ireland. An avid loyalist and member of the Orange Order, who famously said “I have always said that I am an Orangeman first and a politician and a member of this parliament afterwards…All I boast is that we have a Protestant Parliament and a Protestant State.”

To be fair, this comment was not that different to De Valera’s view that the Free State was a “Catholic nation.” As Prime Minister of Northern Ireland from 1921-1940, he oversaw a concerted program of blatant discrimination against Catholics, almost all of whom were of Nationalist (anti-English) persuasion. In 1929, Northern Ireland abandoned proportional representation. Given the aggressively Gerrymandered constituencies in the North, this ensured that Protestants had a majority in almost every local government area even where Catholics were in the majority.

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1878: Death of Fenian General John O’Neill

John O'Neill 1834-1878

John O’Neill 1834-1878

John O’Neill was born in Clontibret, Co Monaghan, Ireland in 1834 and emigrated to the United States at age fourteen. He fought with the Union Army during the civil war where he attained the rank of Captain.  He then became involved with the Fenian Brotherhood and was involved in the abortive Fenian raids (invasion?) on Canada in 1866.

Following a short prison term for his involvement in another Fenian incursion into Canada in 1871 raid, O’Neill became a land speculator and settled in Nebraska where he founded the town of O’Neill. 

READ: Bio of John O’Neill 

READ: John O’Neill at Nebraska History

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1901: Kilkenny-born John Barry VC

Kilkenny born John Barry VC

Private John Barry VC 1873-1901

Death of Kilkenny born Private John Barry during a Boer War action for which he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. The London Gazette reported on Barry’s bravery

“During the night attack on the 7th and 8th January, 1901, on Monument Hill, Private Barry, although surrounded and threatened by the Boers at the time, smashed the breach of the Maxim gun, thus rendering: it useless to its captors, and it was in doing this splendid act for his country that he met his death.”

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1922: Intermittent sectarian violence continues in Belfast. Two Catholics are killed in separate incidents on this day, but both sides (Catholic and Protestant) are involved in ongoing vicious and fatal attacks.

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1979: The Whiddy Island Disaster – Belelgeuse Explosion
Fifty people are killed when the oil tanker Betelgeuse explodes at the oil terminal Whiddy Island while discharging oil

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2009: The Celtic Tiger suffers one of many blows as Dell announces it is cutting 1,900 jobs at its manufacturing plant in Limerick. Dell opened its first manufacturing plant in Ireland eighteen years previously.

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March 26,

Civil War Gets Closer. Northern Ireland PM Basil Brooke on this day in Irish History

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1901: Kilkenny born Newfoundland politician, educator and High Sheriff Thomas Talbot (b.1818) dies.

1922: At least 8 people die in Belfast in confrontations involving IRA/RIC/Army.

1922: Further movement to Civil War. An IRA convention is held in the Mansion House in defiance of a March 15 Dail Eireann decree. Rory O’Connor days earlier had indicated open defiance against President Arthur Griffith. At this convention the convention passed a resolution saying that the IRA “shall be maintained as the Army of the Irish Republic under an Executive appointed by the Convention”. An Executive of 16 members was elected headed by Liam Lynch and including Rory O’Connor, Liam Mellows and Ernie O’Malley. Ireland was moving to a horribly divisive civil war between compatriots and friends who had fought the British for many years.

1963: Basil Brooke resigns as Prime  Minister of Northern Ireland after being in office for twenty years. He would be succeeded by Terence O’Neill.

Northern Ireland Prime Minister Basil Brooke

 

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