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April 4,

Guitarist Gary Moore. Queen Victoria in Ireland. Oliver Goldsmith on this day in Irish History.

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1774: Death of poet and writer Oliver Goldsmith (b. 1730) Goldsmith lived thoroughly interesting life, perennially in debt and always worried about a visit to the debtors prison. His literary work has been praised and decried. Following his graduation from Trinity College in 1749, he became a kind of wandering minstrel through mainland Europe until he finally settled in London in 1756 where he indulged in a bohemian life of drinking and gambling. His most famous works are probably the poem,  The Deserted Village and The Vicar of Wakefield, the work which saved him from debtor’s prison. When his landlady threated to have him arrested for non payment, Goldsmith’s friend Samuel Johnson took the manuscript of The Vicar of Wakefield and sold it to a publishing house on his behalf.

Oliver Goldsmith

Oliver Goldsmith (c.1730-1774)

Goldsmith was apparantly an extraordinarily vain, jealous man but one whom Horace Walpole described as an “inspired idiot.” His death in 1774 was partly due to his failure to seek proper medical treatment for his failing health.

The following are the opening lines from The Deserted Village, a poem that was beaten into every God-fearing Irish boy in Christian Brothers schools in Ireland!

The Deserted Village (opening lines)

Beside yon straggling fence that skirts the way,
With blossomed furze unprofitably gay,
There, in his noisy mansion, skilled to rule,
The village master taught his little school;
A man severe he was, and stern to view;
I knew him well, and every truant knew;
Well had the boding tremblers learned to trace
The day’s disasters in his morning face;
Full well they laughed, with counterfeited glee,
At all his jokes, for many a joke had he;
Full well the busy whisper, circling round,
Conveyed the dismal tidings when he frowned;
Yet he was kind; or if severe in aught,
The love he bore to learning was in fault.
The village all declared how much he knew;
‘Twas certain he could write, and cipher too;
Lands he could measure, terms and tides presage,
And even the story ran that he could gauge.
In arguing too, the parson owned his skill,
For e’en though vanquished, he could argue still;
While words of learned length and thundering sound
Amazed the gazing rustics ranged around,
And still they gazed, and still the wonder grew
That one small head could carry all he knew.

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1900: In what might be termed an act of national schizophrenia, Queen Victoria is met by rapturous crowds on her fourth and final visit to Dublin. Huge crowds lined the streets as she was escorted by her mounted cavalry, the Lifeguards. Her private secretary, Sir Frederick Ponsonby, wrote in his journal: “Although I had seen many visits of this kind, nothing had ever approached the enthusiasm and even frenzy displayed by the people of Dublin.”

On the other hand, nationalist leader Arthur Griffith would write some days after the visit “We have learnt a strange and bitter lesson; let it not be lost upon us. There is much to be done to absolve the land from the treachery of the last few weeks.”

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Queen Victoria Ireland 1900

Queen Victoria Ireland 1900

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1922: Royal Irish Constabulary (the R.I.C.) stages its final parade in Dublin before its formal disbandment. Many Northern Ireland members of the force would transfer to the Royal Ulster Constabulary when it officially formed June 1 1922. The website, http://www.RoyalUlsterConstabulary.org quotes historians W.J. Lowe and E. L. Malcolm on the R.I.C. “That the R.I.C. held up as well as it did in the difficult years after 1918 is remarkable when one takes into account that barracks were managed by large numbers of middle aged men with families to support. Their long careers signified experience, loyalty and knowledge, as well as a maturity that bolstered discipline under duress. But in both organizational and personnel terms, the R.I.C. was a civil police force and not a light infantry. And this presented a problem when confronted by a determined guerilla army.”

R.I.C. members circa 1920

R.I.C. members circa 1920

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1952: Blues guitarist Gary Moore is born in Belfast. Moore was a guitar prodigy who was mentored for a time in his teens by Fleetwood Macs Peter Green who gave Moore his 1959 Les Paul Standard guitar after he left Fleetwood Mac. Moore’s first band was Skid Row (not the US band) which featured a young Phil Lynott. Moore went on to play with Lynott and Thin Lizzy for a time before going solo, achieving some commercial success but huge critical acclaim. His most evocative work is Parisienne Walkways which he wrote in 1979. Moore died of a heart attack in 2011.

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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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January 22,

Queen Victoria Visits Ireland. Ireland Signs on For European Union.

January 22: TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by For the Love of Being Irish)

1868: Death of Waterford born Shakespearean actor Charles Kean

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1901: Queen Victoria dies after a reign which lasted almost 64 years, the longest in British history. Victoria visited Ireland in 1900 to a huge response as this British Pathe clip indicates.  She traveled to Ireland on three other occasions including a visit to famine devastated Ireland for eleven days in 1849 to positive response also.

Queen Victoria, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland

Queen Victoria, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland

The horror of the famine was presumably well hidden from a then thirty year old Victoria. She wrote to her uncle Leopold, King of the Belgians during her trip “I ….. tell you that everything has gone off beautifully since we arrived in Ireland, and that our entrance into Dublin was really a magnificent thing. By my letter to Louise you will have heard of our arrival in the Cove of Cork. Our visit to Cork was very successful; the Mayor was knighted on deck (on board the Fairy), like in times of old.Cork is about seventeen miles up the River Lee, which is beautifully wooded and reminds us of Devonshirescenery. We had previously stepped on shore at Cove, a small place, to enable them to call it Queen’s Town; the enthusiasm is immense…”

1972: Jack Lynch, Taoiseach signs the Treaty of Accession ensuring that Ireland would join what was then the European Economic Community, January 1 1973.

Jack lynch signs EEC Treaty

Jack lynch signs EEC Treaty watched by Foreign Affairs Minister Patrick Hillery

2011: Brian Cowen resigns as leader of the Fianna Fail party, but maintains his role as Taoiseach. Cowen becomes the highest profile casualty of the declining Irish economy.

Brian Cowan

Brian Cowan

Want to learn more about Ireland? See these images and more in the acclaimed For the Love of Being Irish
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Editor of Today in Irish History, Conor Cunneen is just the 63rd person in the history of Toastmasters International to be awarded Accredited Speaker designation. As a Chicago based professional speaker,  this Irishman’s client base ranges from Harley-Davidson to Helsinki, from Memphis to Madrid as he Energizes, Educates and Entertains his audience to grow their business, people, teamwork and productivity. Here is a clip of Conor speaking about the importance of vision that might just get you thinking (and laughing) as we move into the New Year.

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 IrishmanSpeaksto Laugh and Learn. Tags: Best Irish Gift, Creative Irish Gift, Unique Irish Gifts, Irish Books, Irish Authors, Today in Irish History