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September 11,

Oliver Cromwell and The Siege of Drogheda – Glenroe Airs on RTE

September 11: TODAY in Irish History:

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Siege of Drogheda

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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1649: The Sieged of Drogheda ends.

Drogheda, Co Louth which had been under siege since September 3 finally falls to Oliver Cromwell’s forces. What happens after ensures Cromwell will forever be the most hated Englishman in Irish history.

On Cromwell’s orders, the town was put to the sword. Military and civilians were slaughtered without mercy. An estimated 25% were civilians.

According to British Civil War: “Up to 6,000 Parliamentarians were in the town overwhelming all resistance and slaughtering officers and soldiers. A cavalry screen outside the walls prevented escape to the north. Catholic priests and friars were treated as combatants and killed on sight. Many civilians died in the carnage. A group of defenders who had barricaded themselves in the steeple of St Peter’s Church in the north of Drogheda were burned alive when the Parliamentarians set fire to the church. Around 2,000 people died in the storming and massacre of Drogheda; a number of prisoners who surrendered before Cromwell gave the order for no quarter were murdered in cold blood. Surviving members of the garrison captured the following day were transported to Barbados. Parliamentarian losses were around 150.”

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Drogheda is put to the sword

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Cromwell could justify his actions on two counts (as he perceived it.)

1)      At that time, it was not unusual for garrisons that failed to surrender to be put to the sword and inhabitants massacred.

2)      The righteously religious protestant saw Catholics as essentially the spawn of the devil and saw it as revenge for the massacre of hundreds (and probably thousands) of Protestants by rebelling Irish Catholics in Ulster in 1641. “I am persuaded that this is a righteous judgement of God upon these barbarous wretches, who have imbrued their hands in so much innocent blood, and that it will tend to prevent the effusion of blood for the future, which are the satisfactory grounds for such actions, which otherwise cannot but work remorse and regret.”

Cromwell’s brutal logic did work,  as in short order Trim, Dundalk, Carlingford, Newry, and several other places in the North surrendered and their inhabitants spared.

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The not very attractive Oliver Cromwell

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As with so much of history, (Irish or not) one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. In today’s world, Cromwell would surely be found guilty of war crimes. On the converse side according to Professor John Morrill at BBC History, Cromwell has more roads named after him than any other Englishman and woman except Queen Victoria! None in the Republic of Ireland!

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READCromwell at Drogheda at Skeptic Ireland

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1983: First Episode of Glenroe airs on RTE

You kind of had to be there. Glenroe was one of RTE’s most popular productions featuring a wonderful cast of character based in rural Ireland. The show would run for eighteen years.

The following clip of the opening credits will bring back memories for many. It is worth noting the comments to show what Glenroe meant to so many.

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August 6,

Little Phil Sheridan – US General. Broadcaster Gay Byrne on this day in Irish History

August 5: TODAY in Irish History: ** ** ** Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks  Conor is a Chicago based Motivational Humorous Business Speaker, Author and History buff. *********************** *********************** NEW                    NEW Product Details SHEIFGAB! Staying Sane, Motivated and Productive in Job Search. An insightful, realistic, yet humorous book on the job search process by Today in Irish History Curator Conor Cunneen Special accessible price for job seekers on Kindle of $2.99 . shamrockshamrockshamrockshamrockshamrockshamrockshamrockshamrock . 1888: Death due to a massive heart attack of General Philip Sheridan. Sheridan’s parents John and Mary Meenagh Sheridan had emmigrated from County Cavan. Sheridan’s diminutive stature of 5 feet five inches earned him the nickname “Little Phil.) He was involved in the Battle of Perryville, Chickamauga and participated in the Chatanooga and Appotamatox campaigns. .

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. Below: Portrayal of a mournful Philip Sheridan in John Ford’s Rio Grande . In his wonderful memoir, Ulysses S. Grant writes of Sheridan: “Sheridan was a first lieutenant in the regiment in which I had served eleven years, the 4th infantry, and stationed on the Pacific coast when the war broke out. He was promoted to a captaincy in May, 1861, and before the close of the year managed in some way, I do not know how, to get East. He went to Missouri. Halleck had known him as a very successful young officer in managing campaigns against the Indians on the Pacific coast, and appointed him acting-quartermaster in south-west Missouri. There was no difficulty in getting supplies forward while Sheridan served in that capacity; but he got into difficulty with his immediate superiors because of his stringent rules for preventing the use of public transportation for private purposes. He asked to be relieved from further duty in the capacity in which he was engaged and his request was granted. When General Halleck took the field in April, 1862, Sheridan was assigned to duty on his staff. During the advance on Corinth a vacancy occurred in the colonelcy of the 2d Michigan cavalry. Governor Blair, of Michigan, telegraphed General Halleck asking him to suggest the name of a professional soldier for the vacancy, saying he would appoint a good man without reference to his State. Sheridan was named; and was so conspicuously efficient that when Corinth was reached he was assigned to command a cavalry brigade in the Army of the Mississippi. He was in command at Booneville on the 1st of July with two small regiments, when he was attacked by a force full three times as numerous as his own. By very skilful manoeuvres and boldness of attack he completely routed the enemy. For this he was made a brigadier-general and became a conspicuous figure in the army about Corinth.” Sheridan continued in the military following the civil war and proved a brutally effective officer during the Indian Wars allowing Native Americans little or no quarter. He was appointed Commanding General of the United States Army in 1883. . shamrockshamrockshamrockshamrockshamrockshamrockshamrockshamrock . 1934: Birth of TV presenter and host of The Late Late Show – Gay Byrne. Byrne dominated the Irish radio and TV landscape between the 1960s-90s. He was a consummate broadcaster who had the unique ability to be consoling, interesting, inquisitive and generally likeable, all at the same time. Social historians credit his early years as host of The Late Late Show as one of the catalysts which brought Ireland out of the conservative, tradition bound aura of De Valera and Archbishop McQuaid to a more inclusive and modern society. Byrne hosted The Late Late Show which debuted in 1962 for an amazing 37 years, finally handing over the microphone in 1999. On his final show, the President of Ireland addressed the man who was the longest serving host of a chat show in the world saying “You’ve entertained us, you’ve educated us, you’ve exasperated us. What more could anyone ask over 37 years?” Conservative Ireland of 1960’s can best be recalled via the infamous “Bishop and the nightie” show.  Byrne interviewed an audience couple, good-naturedly asking a middle aged couple some questions about their wedding and what she had worn on her wedding night! When the woman responded “nothing,” the wrath of Catholic Ireland came down on the show with the Bishop of Clonfert publicly condemning the show’s content, supported by some politicians. Although not specifically related to this incident, Fine Gael TD Oliver Flanagan is famous for allegedly saying “There was no sex in Ireland before TV!” See The Bishop and the Nightie. Below is a video clip of Gay Byrne interviewing then EU Commissioner Padraig Flynn. Here you can see Byrne’s subtle, conversational style. This interview is pivotal in Irish politics as Padraig Flynn made a number of comments which forced the government to start a tribunal on political corruption. Flynn, like many other senior politicians did not come out of the Mahon Tribunal well. He was found to have “wrongly and corruptly” sought IR£50,000 from a property developer for the Fianna Fail party which he then pocketed for his own use. Flynn rejected the findings of the Tribunal as have all Fianna Fail politicians cited. . . shamrockshamrockshamrockshamrockshamrockshamrockshamrockshamrock . 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 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 ___________________________________ 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)