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December 8,

Today in Irish History: James Hoban White House Designer, Dail Cabinet Discusses Treaty

December 8th: TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by IrishmanSpeaks)

1831: Death of James Hoban, architect and designer of the White House. In the  JFK speech to Dail Eireann in 1963, the President paid tribute to Hoban: Features of this stately mansion (Dail Eireann) served to inspire similar features in the White House in Washington………. I know that the White House was designed by James Hoban, a noted Irish-American architect and I have no doubt that he believe by incorporating several features of the Dublin style he would make it more homelike for any President of Irish descent. It was a long wait, but I appreciate his efforts.”

James Hoban, Irish born designer of White House

James Hoban

1921: Seven members of Dail Cabinet met to discuss the Treaty. Minutes of the discussion state that following a discussion of the Treaty, “the following members declared in favour of recommending it to the Dáil: – A. Griffith, M. Collins, R. Barton, W. Cosgrave, K O’Higgins (no vote).

Mr Griffith would recommend document on basis of its merits – the remaining members on basis of signature.

The following declared against recommending Treaty to Dáil: President (DeValera, Cathal Brugha and A. Stack.”

The stage was being set for a vicious Irish Civil War.

1922: Four anti-treaty rebels Liam Mellows, Rory O’Connor, Joe McKelvey and Richard Barrett are executed in Mountjoy Jail in reprisal for the assassination the previous day of pro-treaty TD Sean Hales. Those in the Executive Council who approved the executions included Justice Minister Kevin O’Higgins who had been best man at Rory O’Connor’s wedding. In an Irish Independent article, writer and playwright Ulick O’Connor provides interesting perspective on this piece of Irish history.

Kevin O'Higgins best man at Rory O'Connor Wedding

de Valera, O’Higgins at Rory O’Connor (right) wedding

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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.

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December 7,

Today in Irish History: Northern Ireland Opts Out. Austin Stack. Irish Referendum

Dec 7th: TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by For the Love of Being Irish)

1922: Six counties of Northern Ireland – Antrim, Armagh, Tyrone, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry formally opt out of the Irish Free State and become an autonomous entity within the United Kingdom. When Michael Collins and colleagues agreed the treaty in December 1921, they believed that a promised Boundary Commission would significantly alter the partition of Ireland and drastically reduce the size of the proposed Northern Ireland. The Boundary Commission proved to be totally ineffective and Northern Ireland remained as six counties. The first Prime of Northern Ireland was hard line unionist James Craig who was to state “All I boast of is that we are a Protestant Parliament and a Protestant State,” echoing to some extent what DeValera had stated about the Catholic Irish Free State.

James Craig, PM Northern Ireland

1879: Austin Stack, 1916 rebel and Anti-Treaty nationalist is born in Co. Kerry. Stack was originally sentenced to death for his part in the 1916 rising. As a Sinn Fein abstentionist candidate, he was elected MP for Kerry West in 1918. He fought in the Irish Civil War against the Treaty.

1972: Irish people approved The Fifth Amendment of the Constitution Act, 1972 which removed the “special position” of the Catholic Church in Irish law. The amendment was approved by 84% of the voters.

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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For the Love of Being Irish written by Chicago based Inspirational Business Speaker, 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