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February 6,

Manchester United Air Crash Claims Life of Billy Whelan


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1877: Colonel John O’Mahoney, founding member of the Fenian Brotherhood in the United States dies. O’Mahoney was forced into exile following the failed Young Ireland rebellion of 1848. During the civil war he attained the rank of of the 69th Regiment of New York State Militia which was comprised primarily of Irish emigrants. The regiment’s Irish language war cry was ” Fág an Bealach” (Clear the way.)

Colonel John O'Mahoney

1911: Ronald Reagan is born into relative poverty Tampico, Illinois. Reagan’s hard-drinking  father (of County Tipperary roots) was rarely able to hold a job for long, forcing Reagan’s adoring mother Nelle and family to move frequently. 

Ronald Reagan in For the Love of Being Irish

This image of Ronald Reagan in For the Love of Being Irish


Reagan visited his ancestral home, Ballyporeen County Tipperary, June 3 1984

1958: The Munich air disaster takes the lives of seven Manchester United players including Dublin born Liam (Billy) Whelan and fourteen others. Fifteen days later, Duncan Edwards whom many regard as the greatest player ever to wear the famous red jersey would die from his injuries.

Twenty-two year old Billy Whelan averaged a goal every two games in less than three years he was with United. In the 1956/57 season, he was the club’s top scorer with 26 goals in just 39 games.

This commemorative stamp of Liam Whelan was issued by the Irish Post Office on the fiftieth anniversary of the Munich disaster. The clock face shows the time of the accident when the BEA plane slid off the freezing runway on its third take off attempt. Partly because of this emotional event and the city’s proximity to Ireland, Manchester United have a huge fan base in Ireland.

The scene after the plane crash

See BBC and The Guardian for detailed reports on the Munich air disaster.

1971: In a precursor of things to come, Gunner Robert Curtis becomes the first British soldier to die on Irish soil since 1922 in a combat situation. Curtis’ patrol was ambushed by the Provisional IRA in the New Lodge Road area of Belfast. More than 700 British troops would die in the following thirty years.

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January 5,

The Cuba Five. Kingsmill Massacre. Death of Tip O’Neill.

January 5: TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by IrishmanSpeaks)

1871: British authorities release over thirty Fenian prisoners including John Devoy and Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa. The conditional amnesty of 1871 required those released not to return to Ireland for the term of their respective sentences for treason. Devoy, O’Donovan Rossa and three others: Charles Underwood O’Connell, Henry Mulleda, and John McClure boarded the S.S. Cuba bound for New York where the “Cuba Five” were greeted as heroes by their Irish brethern.

The cuba five including Devoy and O'Donovan Rossa

The Cuba Five: Devoy, O'Connell, Mulleda, Rossa, McClure

1976: The Kingsmill Massacre. 10 Protestent men are shot dead returning home in a mini-bus from a textile factory in Bessbrook. The attack took place near the village of Kingsmill, carried out by a group calling itself the South Armagh Republican Action Force, almost certainly consisting of Provisional IRA members. The men were targeted purely because of their religion and in retaliation for the murders of six Catholics by the UVF the previous day.

1994: Thomas “Tip” O’Neill, former speaker of the house dies. Along with Ted Kennedy, he was one of the last truly liberal politicians in Washington and like Kennedy, a great fried of Ireland.  On his death, Senator Bob Dole, often an arch critic of O’Neill said of the gregarious Massachusetts representative certainly will go down in history as one of the great political leaders of our time.”

Born to Catholic parents of Irish descent (Mallow, Co. Cork) in a working class area of Cambridge, he first became active in politics when working for the failed presidential election campaign of Al Smith, (the first Catholic to seek that office) in 1928.  “All I knew was that Al Smith was an Irish Catholic and we had been suppressed all our lives,” he said. O’Neill succeeded John Fitzgerald Kennedy to what was then the 11th Congressional District, when Kennedy became Senator in 1953.

O’Neill regularly butted heads with fellow Irish-American pol Ronald Reagan. “I never forgot from where I came. He kind of forgot,” O’Neill wrote, but they were also amiable acquaintances. “Until six o’clock, I was the enemy and he never let me forget it,” wrote Reagan in An American Life. A strong supporter of John Hume he worked with Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Ted Kennedy and Governor Hugh Carey to reduce US funding for IRA activities in Northern Ireland and helped build a bipartisan peace process.

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Friends & Enemies: Reagan and Tip O'Neill

O’Neill’s autobiography written with William Novak Man of the House is a fine read on American politics and its characters.

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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

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