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October 28,

Tipperary Gettysburg Medal of Honor Winner – Maire Drumm Assassination – Cuba Blockade

October 28: TODAY in Irish History:

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Tipperary’s John Lonergan. Medal of Honor winner

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1893: Tipperary’s Captain John Lonergan – Medal of Honor

Thirty years after the action, Tipperary born Captain John Lonergan, Company A, 13th Vermont Infantry is awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery during the second day of Gettysburg.

Citation:  Place and date: At Gettysburg, Pa., 2 July 1863. Entered service at: Burlington, Vt. Birth: Ireland. Date of issue: 28 October 1893. Citation: Gallantry in the recapture of 4 guns and the capture of 2 additional guns from the enemy; also the capture of a number of prisoners.

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Tipperary’s John Lonergan. Medal of Honor winner

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Lonergan said of the event:

“My company reached the guns first, and placing my hand upon the nearest gun, I ordered the enemy to surrender. All this time the whole regiment was under severe fire, with men falling all along the entire charge; but we reached the guns comparatively together and in good form. The Confederates obeyed my summons to surrender, after which my men lay down their guns and taking hold of the wheels of the gun carriages, began moving them to a new position where they could be utilised.

“Meanwhile I noticed that we were sustaining much damage from firing that came from the Codories House in our front. And so ordering my command to pick up their guns, we made a charge of the house. We quickly surrounded the building, the men at once covering the windows and doors with their guns, so that no man should escape. Then I stepped to the front door, and knocking it in, I ordered: ‘Surrender! Fall our here, every damned one of you!’

“My order was obeyed almost instantly, for the Confederates came tumbling out, led by their commanding officer, until we had eighty-three men as prisoners. The officer in command handed me his sword and each man laid down his gun until I had a considerably larger number of men as prisoners, than I had in my entire command. When all was over for the day General Stannard sent for me, and upon my arrival, he said: ‘Captain, you did well to-day, but do you know you violated all military laws in capturing those prisoners in the Codories House?’

“‘How is that, General?’ I asked.

“‘Why,’ replied the general with a smile, ‘you know that in forming a company line, the command is, ‘fall in!’ and at the Codories House you said” fall out.’

“I saw the joke and answered: ‘Yes, General, but they were already in, and so had to ‘fall out.'”

Lonergan was born on 7th April 1839 in Carrick on Suir, Co Tipperary, the eldest son of Thomas and Mary (Moran). The family emigrated to the United States in 1848.

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READ: Vermont’s Irish Rebel

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1905: Mrs. Warren’s Profession 

George Bernard Shaw’s play Mrs. Warren’s Profession, opens at the Garrick Theater in New York. Shaw’s play featuring a brothel owner had been banned in Britain and was closed by New York authorities after one performance.

Seen as one of Shaw’s finest works by many, the play has been revived in 1907, 1918, 1922, 1976 and 2010

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1922: The Madness of the Irish Civil War

The Irish Civil War claimed the first life of a Garda when Garda Henry Phelan is shot dead in Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary when he was mistaken for his brother, a former member of the RIC.

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1962: JFK announces end of Cuba blockade allowing the world to breathe just a little bit easier. On October 22nd, Kennedy had stunned the world by announcing the Cuban blockade.

Kennedy Cuban Blockade announcement

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Kennedy Announces Blockade of Cuba

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1976:  Assassination of Sinn Féin Vice President Máire Drumm

Sinn Féin Vice President Máire Drumm is assassinated while lying in a hospital bed in the Mater Hospital Belfast by loyalists paramilitaries. Commemorating her life and death, thirty years later, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said ”

On October 28th 1976 Máire Drumm was shot dead by unionist paramilitaries while in the Mater Hospital. She was a life long republican activist originally from the townland of Killeen in South Armagh. Along with her husband Jimmy she worked tirelessly on behalf of the republican struggle.

“Following the pogroms against nationalist areas in 1969, Máire Drumm emerged as a gifted leader and organiser, and an inspirational public speaker. Her home became an open house for refugees from beleaguered areas of the city. She was actively involved in re-housing families forced to leave their homes as a result of loyalist intimidation.”

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Maura Drumm mural Northern Ireland

Thanks to Extra Mural Activity for Maura Drumm mural. The site provides murals, billboards and graffiti from Belfast related to The Troubles.

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October 21,

Today in Irish History: Irish at the Battle of Trafalgar – Gerry Adams Elected MP

October 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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1805: Irish at Battle of Trafalgar

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The Battle of Trafalgar, by JMW Turner.

Over 4,000 Irish fight in British forces at the Battle of Trafalgar where Lord Nelson famously declared, “England confides that every man will do his duty”.

In The Fighting Life of H.M.S. Victory, author Iain Ballantyne writes about the death of one young Irishman –  twenty-one-year-old Irish Midshipman William Ram,who died from “multiple injuries that left him in indescribable agony.” Twenty-five different nationalities fought on behalf of Nelson at Trafalgar.

In 1808, Nelson’s Pillar was erected in Dublin which generated conflicting insights from Irish parties.

Nelson’s victory was greeted with praise by certain sectors of the Irish population.

“Our country, but more particularly the metropolis on the arrival of a period, which, while it commemorates the achievements of a great naval commander, fully evinces that the Irish people entertain as lively a sense as their fellow subjects, of the gratitude they owe to the memory of Lord Nelson” (The Freeman’s Journal, 16th February 1808).

An alternative view was provided by The Irish Magazine in 1809.

We have changed our gentry for soldiers, and our independence has been wrested from us, not by the arms of France, but by the gold of England. The statue of Nelson records the glory of a mistress and the transformation of our senate into a discount office.

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READ: Building of Nelson’s Column

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Nelson’s Column was blown up by Irish nationalists in 1966.

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1879:  The Irish National Land League is founded at the Imperial Hotel in Castlebar, Mayo. Charles Stewart Parnell was elected president of the league. Its primary aim was to provide basic rights for tenant farmers and allow them to purchase the land they worked on.

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1982: Gerry Adams wins Election

In the first time, Sinn Fein contests elections in Northern Ireland since The Troubles began, Gerry Adams is elected MP for West Belfast. Martin McGuinness wins election in Derry. Sinn Fein continued its abstentionist policy in terms of parliamentary attendance and neither Adams nor McGuinness took their seats.

Adams is one of the most divisive figures in Irish politics, loved and loathed, adored and distrusted with a passion by respective sides. He is currently TD (member of Irish parliament – Dail Eireann) for Co. Louth and President of socialist Republican party Sinn Fein. Although he absolutely and consistently denies it, there is a general acceptance in Ireland that Adams was a senior figure in the IRA during much of the troubles. The most damning allegation against Adams were made by deceased IRA veteran Brendan Hughes who in an interview with journalist Ed Moloney for his 2010 book Voices from the Grave said “I never carried out a major operation without the OK or the order from Gerry.” The allegations that Adams was leader of an IRA hit squad continue to haunt his political career.

Adams was one of the first militant Republican leaders to push for democratic activities and a ceasefire during the troubles. In 1988, while still a persona non-grata in mainstream political circles (and to many he still is), Adams (on behalf of the IRA political wing Sinn Fein) commenced secret discussions with John Hume of the SDLP about the possibility of peace negotiations. Ten years later, the Good Friday agreement which brought political stability to Ireland was signed.

Adams has proved himself to be an extremely capable political leader and a charismatic orator building Sinn Fein into one of the largest political parties in the Republic of Ireland. The political minefield of IRA membership and involvement in numerous killings will not go away. On September 29, 2012, Taoiseach Enda Kenny stated “”From all the evidence I have read and from all the evidence I have heard, I believe Gerry Adams was a member of the IRA and I was led to believe he was also a member of the army council.”

READA Battle for IRA Secrets

READ: Sinn Profile of Gerry Adams

READ: IRA Member Dolores Price Slams Adams

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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.

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