Posts tagged ‘Presidents of Ireland’

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

Douglas Hyde First President of Ireland

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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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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May 21,

Mary Robinson – Major General William Buckley – Dr. Noel Browne at Today in Irish History

May 21: 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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1865: Major General William Hickey

Birth of William Bernard Hickey in Co. Tipperary. He would go on to become a Major General in the British Army and fight with distinction during WWI.

Hickie commanded the Royal Munster Fusiliers when it landed in France December 1915 and led it during the battles of the Somme, 1916, at Messines and ‘Third Ypres’ in 1917.

Following the treaty and the disbandment of the Fusiliers, he was actively involved in Irish politics. He was a member of the Irish Seanad between 1925-1936.

Major General William Hickie 1865-1950

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1945: Mary Robinson is born in Ballina, County Mayo.

Following a distinguished legal and political career, Mary Robinson would be elected Ireland’s first woman President on December 3, 1990.

In 1997, Robinson became the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Her dedication to human rights has seen her win numerous awards including Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor awarded by the United States. This award was criticized by many pro-Israel supporters who perceive Robinson’s support for disadvantaged Palestinians to be anti-Zionist. Robinson did not take the criticism lying done ““There’s a lot of bullying by certain elements of the Jewish community. They bully people who try to address the severe situation in Gaza and the West Bank. Archbishop Desmond Tutu gets the same criticism.”

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Mary Robinson – Presidential Medal of Honor

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Mary Robinson Interview

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1981: IRA Hunger Strikers Die

Two more IRA hunger strikers – Raymond McCreesh and Patsy O’Hara –  die in the Maze Prison as the protest for political status continues. Bobby Sands was the first hunger striker  to die on May 5. In total , ten men would die on hunger strike.

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1997: Dr. Noel Browne

Death of Dr. Noel Browne, former Labour Minister for Health and a progressive who took on (and was savaged) by the Irish Catholic Church when he attempted to introduce the Mother and Child Scheme in 1951 which proposed the introduction of free maternity care for all mothers and free healthcare for all children up to the age of sixteen.

Conservative elements in the Catholic Church led by the Archbishop of Dublin John Charles McQuaid railed against legislation that interfered with the parents’ right to provide their own healthcare. The fact that most Irish did not have the income to do so failed to register on McQuaid’s radar who believed this was the start of socialism and also believed it could pave the way for state supporter contraception.

Forced to resign as the might of the Irish Catholic Church came down on him, Browne continued as a progressive voice in Irish politics for decades.

Dr. Noel Browne 1915-1997

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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)