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July 6,

Gay Byrne and Late Late Show – Philadelphia Anti-Irish Riots – Comic Dave Allen at Today in Irish History

July 6: TODAY in Irish History:

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Late Late Show host Gay Byrne

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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1844: Anti-Irish/Catholic Riots in Philadelphia

Anti-Irish, anti-Catholic Nativists riot in Philadelphia against the increasing influence of the Catholic (i.e. Irish) Church and the influx of Irish immigrants. At least fifteen people die in the rioting.

SEE –  Chaos in the Streets: The Philadelphia Riots of 1844

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Philadelphia Nativist anti-Catholic riots 1844

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READ: Philadelphia Bible Riots Pit Catholics against Protestant

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1915: Archbishop John O’Reilly

Death of John O’Reily, Kilkenny born Archishop of Adelaide, Australia. In 1886 O’Reilly was elected bishop of the new diocese of Port Augusta, South Australia a position he held until he became the second Bishop of Adelaide, succeeding a fellow Irishman Christopher Augustine Reynolds.

Archbishop John O'Reily

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1922: Civil War Dublin.

The Irish Times reports on the aftermath of the “Battle of Dublin,” –  the opening shots in what would become a vicious civil war.
“The Edinburgh Hotel, on the west side of Sackville street [now O’Connell Street], occupied a precarious position during the operations in that thoroughfare. Nevertheless, throughout the week about a dozen guests, with the staff, numbering as many more, remained in the building.
Yesterday afternoon, when the hotel took fire, they were at last obliged to leave after they had been warned by the firemen of their danger.
The small party, carrying various items of luggage, appeared at the front door, and, under a white flag, turned down towards the Nelson Pillar. They were at once turned into Henry street, where they were less exposed to fire, and when the troops were satisfied as to their bona fides, they were directed to go along towards Mary street, where they were held up. A newspaper representative who happened to be near took charge of the party, and explained their plight to the soldiers, who allowed them to pass through. They ultimately made their way to other hotels.”

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1936: Comedian Dave Allen

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Dave Allen 1936-2005

Comedian Dave Allen Death is born David O’Mahoney in Dublin. Allen was an irreverent comic who found fame in the UK, regularly poking  fun at the political and religious establishment.

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1962: The Late Late Show

The Late Late Show debuts on Telefis Eireann, the Irish national TV network. It was hosted by Gay Byrne who continued as presenter until 1999. The show is seen by many as a catalyst for social change in Ireland as its content of light entertainment and serious discussion made it hugely successful. Never ostentatious, Gay Byrne was a master show host with a unique ability to put guests at ease while teasing out serious issues.

Byrne and his team never shirked guests who were critical of the dominance of the Catholic Church. Such “shocking” topics as contraception (the sale of condoms – banned in 1935 –  was only legalized in 1978), divorce and homosexuality were often aired for the first time on The Late Late Show to the disgust of people like Offaly Fine Gael politician Oliver Flanagan who famously claimed “There was no sex in Ireland before TV!”

GAY BYRNE INTERVIEWS A YOUNG BONO ON THE LATE LATE SHOW

“Gaybo” during one of his famous toy shows

The show continues to run today hosted by Ryan Tubridy.

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WATCH: A Short History of Ireland

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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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August 16,

GUBU! Chaplain Willie Doyle. Terence McSwiney Court-martial on this day in Irish History

August 16: TODAY in Irish History:

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Today in Irish History: Curated by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks

Chicago Motivational Humorous Business Speaker, Author and History buff.

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August 16: TODAY in Irish History:

1917: Death of Jesuit Chaplin Father Willie Doyle (b. Dalkey Co. Dublin 1873) at the Battle of Passchendaele. Doyle appears to have been a remarkable man respected by not just the Catholic troops he served with but also the Protestant Northern Irish soldiers many of whom despised anything to do with the Catholic faith.

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Father William "Willie" Doyle

Father William “Willie” Doyle    1873-1917

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Doyle served with Irish regiments in WWI including 8th Royal Irish Fusiliers, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, participating in the Battles of the Somme, Messines and Passchendaele.

Writing of the man who was awarded the Military Cross for bravery during the assault on the village of Ginchy , General Hickie, the commander-in-chief of the 16th (Irish) Division said “Fr. Doyle was one of the best priests I have ever met, and one of the bravest men who have fought or worked out here. He did his duty, and more than his duty, most nobly, and has left a memory and a name behind him that will never be forgotten. On the day of his death, i6th August, he had worked in the front line, and even in front of that line, and appeared to know no fatigue — he never knew fear. He was killed by a shell towards the close of the day, and was buried on the Frezenberg Ridge. . . . He was recommended for the Victoria Cross by his Commanding Officer, by his Brigadier, and by myself. Superior Authority, however, has not granted it, and as no other posthumous reward is given, his name will, I believe, be mentioned in the Commander-in- Chief ‘s Despatch. . . . I can say without boasting that this is a Division of brave men ; and even among these, Fr. Doyle stood out.”

Free DOWNLOAD: Alfred O’Rahilly’s memoir of Father William Doyle SJ

Doyle’s writings on faith and spirituality provide interesting perspective on his life and times.

Free DOWNLOAD:  A Year’s Thoughts – The Writings of William Doyle

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1920: Court-martial of Terence McSwiney, Lord Mayor of Cork for possession of seditious articles and documents. Sentenced to two years imprisonment in Brixton Prison, England, he started a hunger strike. He would die on October 25th after efforts to forcibly feed him went wrong.

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Terence McSwiney on this day in Irish history

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The above image is from PRINCIPLES of FREEDOM, by Terence McSwiney, published after his death.

FREE DOWNLOAD of Principles of Freedom at Project Gutenberg.

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1982: Irish Attorney General Patrick Connolly resigns after Malcolm McArthur, wanted for (and later convicted of) murder is found to be his house guest. Connolly was completely unaware of McArthur’s activities.

The fallout from the incident led to one of the most famous acronyms in Irish politics. The much reviled (and correspondingly much loved) Taoiseach Charles Haughey described the incident as “a bizarre happening, an unprecedented situation, a grotesque situation, an almost unbelievable mischance.” Conor Cruise O’Brien, one of Haughey’s political opponents who despised the most corrupt Taoiseach in Irish history (this is not to suggest any others who held the office were corrupt) coined the phrase GUBU – Grotesque, Unprecedented, Bizarre, Unbelievable to describe not just what happened but Haughey’s overall carry on.

SEE:  What Does 30 Years in Prison Look Like?

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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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