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November 14,

Senator Joe McCarthy – IRA Assassinate Unionist MP Rev. Robert Bradford

November 14: TODAY in Irish History:

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Joe McCarthy at Congressional Hearing

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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1908: Senator Joe McCarthy

Senator Joe McCarthy born to Irish mother
Joe McCarthy 1908-1957

Joe McCarthy, Republican Senator for Wisconsin, arch anti-communist,  fear monger and generator of McCarthyism is born to Bridget Tierney, from County Tipperary and Timothy McCarthy whose own father emigrated from Ireland.

McCarthy first came to national prominence when in February 1950, he stated at an Ohio County Women’s Republican Club in Wheeling, West Virginia,  “I have here in my hand a list of 205 (State Department employees) that were known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party and who nevertheless are still working and shaping the policy of the State Department.”

Facts and human decency were never that important to the Senator. A media frenzy fed his ego, encouraging him to make more and more (now seen as) outlandish statements. McCarthy though was sowing on fertile soil. America “knew” the USSR was evil and a major threat to the western way of life.

At the time, McCarthy had the support of many established, and up and coming politicians including Richard Nixon. Robert Kennedy served as counsel for McCarthy’s investigative committee for a period of time. McCarthy terrified Washington and ruined many lives for a period of years with numerous unsubstantiated allegations. His power and popularity declined following the Army-McCarthy hearings.

Listen: Joe McCarthy on Meet the Press

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The Army-McCarthy Hearings

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READ: Covering Joe McCarthy by UPI journalist Alvin Spivak

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1973: Eight IRA Convicted of London Bombing.

Eight IRA members (six men, two women –  sisters Marion and Dolores Price) are convicted of  the London bombings in March 1973 which killed one person and injuring over 100.  One of those  convicted –  Gerry Kelly escaped from the Maze Prison in 1983, but was recaptured in 1986. He was a member of Sinn Fein’s negotiating team for the Good Friday Agreement. He is currently a Sinn Fein Assembly Member for North Belfast in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

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SEE: Gerry Kelly official Northern Ireland Assembly bio

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1981: IRA Assassinate Unionist MP Rev. Robert Bradford

Rev. Robert Bradford Unionist MP killed by IRA
Rev. Robert Bradford 1941-1981

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Three IRA men are involved in the assassination of Unionist MP Robert Bradford. The IRA justified their killing in a statement – “Belfast Brigade IRA claims responsibility for the execution of Robert Bradford MP, one of the key people responsible for winding up the loyalist paramilitary sectarian machine in the North.”
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READ: Belfast Telegraph report on assassination of Robert Bradford

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October 22,

Kennedy Announces Cuba Crisis – Loyalist Leader Edward Carson – Today in Irish History

October 22: 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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1920: Toureen Ambush

In one of the first major engagements of the Irish War of Independence in the Cork area, about thirty members of the IRA West Cork Brigade ambush a British patrol. Five soldiers from the Essex Regiment of the British Army are killed. No IRA men were harmed.

The attack prompted the following exchange in the House of Commons the following week:

Mr. PENNEFATHER:   asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland what steps have 1956W been taken, or will be taken, to increase the number of armoured cars for the use of the military in Ireland, and to equip them with quick-firing guns in order to prevent, as far as possible, repetitions of what happened to soldiers of the Essex Regiment on Friday last?

Mr. CHURCHILL:   My right hon. Friend has asked me to reply. The question of the provision of armoured cars for use in Ireland is very seriously engaging the attention of the military authorities. Large numbers, armed with machine guns, are already in Ireland, and steps are being taken to effect a considerable increase in these numbers.

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1935: Death of Edward Carson

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Edward Carson 1854-1935

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Dublin born Edward Carson was one of the giants of Ulster Unionism and a man who could be called the Father of Northern Ireland. Early in life, Carson was a very successful lawyer, At age thirty-five (1889), he became the youngest Queen’s Counsel in Ireland where he often represented landlords in their actions against non-rent paying tenants. In his most famous case, he represented the Marquess of Queensbury in his action against Oscar Wilde. Wilde is reported to have said “No doubt he will perform his task with the added bitterness of an old-friend.” Irrespective of emotion, Carson’s advocacy resulted in the (self-imposed) ruin of the great Irish wit who was prosecuted for perjury following the Queensbury trial.

Carson was not anti-Catholic, (he supported demands for a Catholic university) but he was totally opposed to Home Rule. He was a founding member of the Ulster Unionist party in 1905 and the para-military Ulster Volunteer Force in 1912. As with much of Ulster Unionism, Carson was a strong advocate of English law, until it impacted the union between Ireland and England. Carson was the first signatory of the Ulster Covenant in 1912, agreeing to use “all means necessary” to resist Home Rule.

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Ulster Covenant Edward Carson
Carson signing the Ulster Covenant

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A popular ditty of the time went:

“Sir Edward Carson had a cat,

It sat upon the fender

And every time it caught a rat,

It shouted, ‘No Surrender!’”

However as Home Rule became more and more inevitable, Carson accepted that a form of partition would be a solution. During the war, he served at various times as government as Attorney General, First Lord of the Admiralty and in the War Cabinet.

Following partition, he effectively returned to a legal life, but urged his Unionist colleagues to maintain equality for Northern Irish Catholics (something they totally ignored). “We used to say that we could not trust an Irish parliament in Dublin to do justice to the Protestant minority. Let us take care that that reproach can no longer be made against your parliament, and from the outset let them see that the Catholic minority have nothing to fear from a Protestant majority.”

READ: Bio of Edward Carson

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1962: JFK announces Cuba Blockade

Six days previously, national security advisor McGeorge Bundy had advised Kennedy that the Russians were building a missile base in Cuba and that”onstruction has begun on at least a half-dozen launching sites for intermediate range tactical missiles.”

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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)