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June 26,

JFK: Ich Bin Ein Berliner and Ireland Visit on same day – Maguire Seven – President Douglas Hyde

June 26: TODAY in Irish History:

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Image of JFK in For the Love of Being Irish: An A-Z of Ireland. 

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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1938Douglas Hyde – First President of Ireland

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Douglas Hyde First President of Ireland

Douglas Hyde is inaugurated as first President of Ireland. The President is primarily an honorary position with little executive power. The leader of the Irish Government is the Taoiseach.

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Douglas Hyde following his inauguration

Hyde was an ardent supporter of the Irish language and was one of the founders of the Gaelic League in 1893, an organization dedicated to the preservation of Irish culture and language, something which had been decimated during the previous two hundred years. TheJournal.ie has a wonderful set of images of Hyde’s Inauguration.

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1963: Kennedy’s Ich bin ein Berliner Speech

President Kennedy makes his famous Ich bin ein Berliner speech at the Berlin Wall in front of hundreds of thousands of West Berliners desperate for some  hope in a divided city. Historians and German grammarians like to debate whether Kennedy goofed with his famous phrase and whether the word “ein” should have been included. Apparently “ein Berliner” is a colloquial reference to a “jelly donut,” so the literal translation may have been “I am a jelly donut” !! It is an interesting humorous aside to one of Kennedy’s finest speeches, the bulk of which was crafted as usual by his Counselor and speech writer Ted Sorensen who in the video below is the tall bespectacled man behind Kennedy.

KENNEDY VISITS IRELAND FOLLOWING BERLIN SPEECH.

Following his visit to Berlin which had real geo-political rationale and impact, Kennedy indulged himself by visiting Ireland for four days. In his wildest dreams, he could not have expected the tumultuous reception he received. At a time when presidential cavalcades were still relatively informal, the access which the Irish people had to Kennedy now seems quite incredible.

Shortly after 8.00pm on June 26th, Kennedy disembarked from Air Force One at Dublin Airport to be greeted by President Eamonn De Valera. After formal ceremonies and introduction, Kennedy travelled in an open top Lincoln into Dublin and the residence of the Irish President. He was not accompanied by Jackie Kennedy who was heavily pregnant with an infant son who would die shortly after birth.

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For many years following his visit and tragic death, as the Camelot legend grew, it seemed almost every home in Ireland hung a three picture montage of JFK, Pope John XXIII and Jackie Kennedy.

Image of JFK in For the Love of Being Irish: An A-Z of Ireland via History, Humor and Verse.

JFK image in For the Love of Being Irish

Image of JFK in For the Love of Being Irish: An A-Z of Ireland. 

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1991: Maguire Seven Convictions overturned.

The Court of Appeal overturns the sentences on the Maguire Seven. In 2005, Prime Minister Tony Blair apologized unreservedly for what happened. “I am very sorry that they were subject to such an ordeal and such an injustice. “They deserve to be completely and publicly exonerated.”

About the Maguire Seven

Forced (beaten) confessions, contaminated forensic kits, a rush to justice following IRA atrocities on the British mainland and sloppy police practices ensured that Anne Maguire, her husband Patrick, sons Vincent 17, Patrick 14, a brother, brother-in-law and a family friend are found guilty of possessing explosives at their London Home and passing them on to the IRA. Anne Maguire received the most severe sentence of fourteen years imprisonment although it could be said her brother-in-law Giuseppe Conlon received a life sentence as he died in prison in 1990 proclaiming an innocence that would not become official until 1991.

In the preface to Annie Maguire’s book Miscarriage of Justice, Cardinal Basil Hume, Archbishop of Westminster writes of Anne Maguire “she is, as far as I am concerned, a very exceptional woman whom it has been a privilege to get to know.”

Anne Maguire

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Read: Maguire Seven Guilty

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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

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March 17,

St. Patrick, He’s our patron saint Which is really quite quaint! – JFK Chicago Speech on St. Patrick’s at Today in Irish History

March 17: 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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1762: The first St. Patrick’s Day parade is held in New York city by Irish soldiers in the English army! Yup, you read it right.

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Image of St. Patrick (by Mark Anderson) in For the Love of Being Irish

Following is what author Conor Cunneen writes about St. Patrick in For the Love of Being Irish an A-Z of Ireland featuring history and humor vial limericks and prose.

“He’s our patron saint
Which is really quite quaint
He brought us the faith
Made us holy and great
But Irish? St Patrick? He ain’t!

St. Patrick’s first visit to Ireland did not exactly evoke images of “Ireland of the Welcomes.” Captured by marauding Irish warriors, the Welsh or Scottish born 16 year old spent about 6 years in Ireland as a slave. Following his escape, precipitated by a voice from God telling him to leave, he became a priest. He then returned to Ireland bringing the Catholic faith and legend has it drove the snakes out of Ireland!
Another legend has it that St. Patrick used the shamrock to illustrate the mystery of the Holy Trinity and how three could be one. Today the shamrock is probably the fastest way for the stranger to appreciate an Irish association. You will find the shamrock adorning Aer Lingus planes, Glasgow Celtic jerseys and the windows of Irish pubs from Maine to Madrid.”

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1820: Civil war Union General Patrick Edward Connor is born in County Kerry.

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General Patrick Edward Connor

Honorably discharged from the army following the Mexican war, he again volunteered during the civil war and was appointed Colonel of the Third California Infantry. Following the civil war, Connor settled in Utah.

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READ: Bio of General Patrick Edward Connor

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1920: RIC Officers Killed Leaving Church

The War of Independence takes a new more violent turn as the IRA kill two Royal Irish Constabulary officers as they leave St. Patrick’s Day church ceremonies  in Toomevara, Co. Tipperary

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1928: St. Patrick’s Day Dublin

This Pathe News clip shows St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin

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1956: Senator John F Kennedy speaking at the Irish Fellowship Club in Chicago indulged in just a little blarney!

“It is also fitting that we remember at this time three requests granted St. Patrick by the Angel of the Lord, in order to bring happiness and hope to the Irish: first, that the weather should always be fair on his special day to allow the faithful to attend the services of the church; secondly, that every Thursday and every Saturday twelve souls of the Irish people should be freed from the pains of Hell; and third, that no outlander should ever rule over Ireland.

I have not heard a weather report from the Emerald Isle tonight, but I am certain that no rain fell – officially. Who pays any heed to a little Irish mist? And I have no doubt that twelve Irishmen have been freed from the nether regions this very Saturday. In fact, the toastmaster tells me he thinks he saw several of them here tonight – Governor Stevenson, I understand, was trying last week to get several dozen released in time for the New Hampshire primary. But certainly we need no report to tell us that tonight no outlander rules over Eire; and the Irish people are celebrating this day in peace and in liberty.”

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Image of JFK (by Mark Anderson) in For the Love of Being Irish

The wannabe President also provided some commentary on international policy in quite a wide ranging speech. For full speech see JFK Library. 

Kennedy quoted from a poem by John Boyle O’Reilly.

“”The world is large, when two weary leagues
two loving hearts divide;
But the world is small, when your enemy
is loose on the other side.”

He repeated the exact same quotation when he spoke to the Irish Parliament June 28 1963 immediately after his Ich Bin Ein Berliner speech

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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.

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)