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October 30,

Muhammad Ali – Freedom of Ennis. Death by Starvation. Richard Brinsley Sheridan at Today in Irish History

October 30: 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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1751: Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Richard Brinsley Sheridan is born in Dublin. Sheridan was a playwright, poet, Whig MP and owner of the London Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

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Richard Brinsley Sheridan 1751-1816

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His plays include, The RivalsThe School for Scandal and A Trip to Scarborough. A fine debater and wit, he said of a fellow Member of Parliament: “The Right Honourable Gentleman is indebted to his memory for his jests, and to his imagination for his facts.”

He is also credited what might be one of the best chat up lines ever. “Won’t you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you.”

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Here’s to the Maiden of Bashful Fifteen by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Here’s to the maiden of bashful fifteen;

Here’s to the widow of fifty;

Here’s to the flaunting extravagant quean,

And here’s to the housewife that’s thrifty.

Chorus

Let the toast pass,–

Drink to the lass,

I’ll warrant she’ll prove an excuse for the glass.

Here’s to the charmer whose dimples we prize;

Now to the maid who has none, sir:

Here’s to the girl with a pair of blue eyes,

And here’s to the nymph with but one, sir.

Chorus

Let the toast pass,–

Drink to the lass,

I’ll warrant she’ll prove an excuse for the glass.

Here’s to the maid with a bosom of snow;

Now to her that’s as brown as a berry:

Here’s to the wife with her face full of woe,

And now to the damsel that’s merry.

Chorus

Let the toast pass,–

Drink to the lass,

I’ll warrant she’ll prove an excuse for the glass.

For let ’em be clumsy, or let ’em be slim,

Young or ancient, I care not a feather;

So fill a pint bumper quite up to the brim,

And let us e’en toast them together.

Chorus

Let the toast pass,–

Drink to the lass,

I’ll warrant she’ll prove an excuse for the glass.

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Here’s to the Maiden of Bashful Fifteen

Sheridan is buried at Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey.

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READ: Richard Brinsley Sheridan Bio

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1846: Daniel Hayes: Death by Starvation

The Cork Examiner reports:

“A Coroners Inquest was held on the lands of Redwood, in the Parish of Lorha, on yesterday, the 24th, on the body of Daniel Hayes, who for several days subsisted almost on the refuse of vegetables, and went out on Friday morning in quest of something in the shape of food, but he had not gone far when he was obliged to lie down, and, melancholy to relate, was found dead some time afterward.”

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1974: Muhammad Ali – Heavyweight Champ

Muhammad Ali becomes heavyweight champion of the world for the second time when he knocks out champion George Foreman in the eighth round of the “Rumble in the Jungle,” in Kinshasa, Zaire. The great fighter had Irish origins and visited Ennis, Co. Clare – his ancestral home – in 2009 as you can see in this YouTube clip. Ali twice fought and defeated “Irish” Jerry Quarry in the early 70’s.

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July 7,

Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Death of Cathal Brugha. Boxing Champ Wayne McCullough on this day in Irish History

July 7: 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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1816: Death of Richard Brinsley Butler Sheridan (born 30 October 1751). The playwright and poet was born in Dublin in 1751.

His plays include the comedy of manners The School for Scandal and The Critic. Sheridan was also a businessman and long-term owner of the London Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and  a Member of Parliament for thirty-two years where referring to an opponent he allegedly said “The Right Honourable Gentleman is indebted to his memory for his jests, and to his imagination for his facts.” Despite an interesting skill set, he died in poverty.

He is also given credit for  what might be one of the best chat up lines ever. “Won’t you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you.”

Richard Brinsley Sheridan at Today in Irish Historyy

Richard Brinsley Sheridan

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1922: Death of anti-Treaty activist Cathal Brugha from wounds sustained two days previously following the destruction of The Four Courts, the first major action in the Irish Civil War. Brugha had long been involved in the Irish nationalist struggle and was badly wounded during the 1916 Rising.

Cathal brugha at Today in Irish History

Cathal brugha

Elected TD for Waterford in the 1918 General Election,Cathal Brugha was Minister for Defence (effectively Chief of Staff of the IRA)  from April 1919 to January 1922. (Sinn Fein refused to recognize the British Parliament and set up a provisional Irish government as the War of Independence raged)  Brugha was elected President of the Republic when the Dail met in 1919 but resigned the position in favour of Eamon de Valera.

During the Treaty debates, his dislike of Michael Collins was obvious a can be seen in the following dramatic clip from Michael Collins

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1960: Father Francis Browne

Father Brown

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Death of Father Francis Browne, a not very well known but very interesting observer of life via the camera lens. His photographs of the Titanic which he took while on the short trip from Cherbourg to Cork are fascinating historical documents. During World War I, he served as Chaplain to the Irish Guards.

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1970: The “Pocket Rocket” Wayne McCullough is born in Belfast. McCullough won the WBC world bantamweight boxing championship beating champion Yasuei Yakushiji in Nagoya, Japan on July 30 1995, a title he defended twice before moving up a weight to fight uper bantamweight champion Daniel Zaragoza  which he lost by a split decision after which he had a mixed career.

In 2010, McCullough was inducted into World Boxing Council Legends of Boxing

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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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