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September 13,

JFK got it wrong about The Irish Brigade. The Father of the US Navy John Barry. Irish VC Winner at Today in Irish History

September 13: 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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September 13: TODAY in Irish History:

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The Father of the US Navy – John Barry

1803: John Barry, credited as “The Founder of the American Navy” dies. Barry was born in Tacumshane, Co Wexford March 25, 1745 to a poor tenant farming family who were at one stage evicted for inablity to pay rent. (A not uncommon occurrence in those days.) At about age 15, he emigrated to the United States.

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Commodore John Barry wexford born

Wexford born Commodore John Barry

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Barry was an exceptional sailor and military tactician. Over his 17 year service in the Navy, he was involved in numerous battles with English forces both on land and sea. In 1794 he was appointed the senior Captain of the newly established United States Navy.

READ: Biography of Commodore John Barry

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1833: James Quinlan – Medal of Honor Winner

Medal of Honor winner James Quinlan from County Tipperary

Medal of Honor winner James Quinlan from County Tipperary

James J. Quinlan (September 13, 1833 – August 29, 1906) was a Union Army officer during the American Civil War and a recipient of America’s highest military decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions at the Battle of Savage’s Station. His citations states he “led his regiment on the enemy’s battery, silenced the guns, held the position against overwhelming numbers, and covered the retreat of the Second Army Corps.”

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The Date John F Kennedy Got Wrong.

1862: This is an incident that DID NOT happen today in Irish history although JFK when speaking to Dail Eireann, June 28 1963 about the Irish Brigade might have led you to believe otherwise.

The dates Kennedy should have referenced re The Irish Brigade at the slaughter of Fredericksburg should have been the 13th day of December and not 13th September. He also got his geography mixed up. Fredericksburg where the battle took place is in Virginia and not Maryland!!

A surprising goof by his masterful speech writer Ted Sorensen. To be fair, Kennedy had just given his famous Ich Bin Ein Berliner speech at Berlin which probably consumed more of his and Sorensen’s thinking than a relatively light-hearted, inspirational address to the Irish parliament.

“The 13th day of September, 1862, will be a day long remembered in American history. At Fredericksburg, Maryland, thousands of men fought and died on one of the bloodiest battlefields of the American Civil War. One of the most brilliant stories of that day was written by a band of 1200 men who went into battle wearing a green sprig in their hats. They bore a proud heritage and a special courage, given to those who had long fought for the cause of freedom. I am referring, of course, to the Irish Brigade. General Robert E. Lee, the great military leader of the Southern Confederate Forces, said of this group of men after the battle, “The gallant stand which this bold brigade made on the heights of Fredericksburg is well known. Never were men so brave. They ennobled their race by their splendid gallantry on that desperate occasion. Their brilliant though hopeless assaults on our lines excited the hearty applause of our officers and soldiers.”

Of the 1200 men who took part in that assault, 280 survived the battle. The Irish Brigade was led into battle on that occasion by Brig. Gen. Thomas F. Meagher, who had participated in the unsuccessful Irish uprising of 1848, was captured by the British and sent in a prison ship to Australia from whence he finally came to America. In the fall of 1862, after serving with distinction and gallantry in some of the toughest fighting of this most bloody struggle, the Irish Brigade was presented with a new set of flags. In the city ceremony, the city chamberlain gave them the motto, “The Union, our Country, and Ireland forever.” Their old ones having been torn to shreds in previous battles, Capt. Richard McGee took possession of these flags on December 2d in New York City and arrived with them at the Battle of Fredericksburg and carried them in the battle. Today, in recognition of what these gallant Irishmen and what millions of other Irish have done for my country, and through the generosity of the “Fighting 69th,” I would like to present one of these flags to the people of Ireland.”

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Roger Casement

1914: Roger Casement met in Washington DC with Franz von Papen, the German military attaché to secure German support to overthrow British rule in Ireland. As The 1916 Rising was unfolding Casement was captured by English troops in Ireland. He was later executed for high treason.

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Sir Roger Casement

Roger Casement after his conviction

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Irish Victoria Cross Winner

1917: Twenty-two year old John Moyney from Rathdowney Co. Laois is involved in an action that wins him the Victoria Cross. His citation reads:

“On 13 September 1917 north of Broembeek, Belgium, Lance-Sergeant Moyney was in command of 15 men forming two advanced posts. Surrounded by the enemy he held his post for 96 hours, having no water and very little food. On the fifth day, on the enemy advancing to dislodge him, he attacked them with bombs, while also using his Lewis gun with great effect. Finding himself surrounded, he led his men in a charge through the enemy and reached a stream, where he and a private (Thomas Woodcock) covered his party while they crossed unscathed, before crossing themselves under a shower of bullets.”

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john moyney Irish VC winner

John Moyney Irish VC winner

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John Moyney survived the war and died in Roscrea, Co. Tipperary in 1980, aged 85.

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June 26,

Ich Bin Ein Berliner. JFK Visits Ireland. Douglas Hyde on this day in Irish History

June 26: 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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ON THIS DAY

1938: Douglas Hyde is inaugurated as first President of Ireland. Thei 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.

1963: 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 that would die shortly after birth.

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.”

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Want to learn more about Ireland? See these images and more in the acclaimed For the Love of Being Irish

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BUY Quality Quality Guinness and Ireland Rugby Shirts
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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.

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 HistoryTODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by IrishmanSpeaks)