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September 16,

Count John McCormack – Ronnie Drew – Author Frank O’Connor

September 16: TODAY in Irish History:

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Count John McCormack

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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1830: Birth of Cardinal Patrick Francis Moran

Carlow born Francis Patrick Moran
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READ Bio of Patrick Francis Moran, County Carlow born Archbishop of Sydney and first Australian Cardinal

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1903: Frank O’Connor – Author

Irish author Frank O’Connor is born Michael Francis O’Connor O’Donovan in the “Real Capital!” – Cork.

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Frank O’Connor 1903-1966

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His memoir An Only Child is an evocative work detailing his upbringing in poverty in his native Cork. He fought in the Irish War of Independence and supported the anti-Treaty side in 1922 for which he was interned for a period of time. O’Connor served as a director of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, in the 1930s, collaborating on many of its productions.

O’Connor’s writing on His First Confession is pure comedy as he tells the priest he planned to kill his grandmother because “she’s an awful woman… she takes porter, father, and snuff , father.”

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READ: Full Text My First Confession (It’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face.)

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In The Rising of the Moon, an anthology of Irish stories directed by John Ford, one of O’Connor’s finest works is treated beautifully by the great director. Noel Purcell and Cyril Cusack feature in a short piece based on O’Connor’s The Majesty of the Law.

The Majesty of the Law

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Frank O’Connor’s  works include:

Guests of the Nation

Bones of Contention

Crab Apple Jelly 

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1934: Ronnie Drew

Ronnie Drew, legendary singer with The Dubliners first saw the light of day. The Dubliners version of Seven Drunken Nights reached #7 in UK charts even though it was banned by the moral guardians of the BBC. Ah, those were simple days.

This illustration of Ronnie Drew and his wonderful sidekick Luke Kelly appears in For the Love of Being Irish under the letter “D” for Dublin(ers).

Ronnie Drew and Luke Kelly - Musical Irish Gifts to the world

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1945: Death of Irish Tenor Count John McCormack

Death of Count John McCormack, possibly the finest singer Ireland has ever produced from respiratory problems.

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John McCormack 1884-1945

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Born in Athlone in 1884. McCormack won a number of Irish singing competitions before moving to Italy to study voice. In 1907 he becamee the youngest leading tenor at the Royal Opera at Covent Garden. He won numerous accolades as a singer. He had a minor film career but was a huge opera star in Europe and America. A devout Catholic, he received the title of Papal Count from Pope Pius XI in 1928 in recognition of his work for Catholic charities.

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READDetailed biography of Count John McCormack

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John McCormack sings My Wild Irish Rose

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WATCH: A Short History of Ireland

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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.

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June 22,

Kelly, the Boy from Killane. Irish Medal of Honor Winner. Killing of Sir Henry Hughes Wilson

June 22: 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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ON THIS DAY

1798: Execution of 1798 rebel John Kelly, known to most every Irish schoolboy as “Kelly, the boy from Killane.” Little is known about his exploits and he would be unknown today if he was not celebrated in song and verse by Luke Kelly and the Dubliners.

Illustration of Ronnie Drew and Luke Kelly of Dubliners in For the Love of Being Irish. Purchase author signed copy HERE

1865:  Irish born David Bass is awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for valor during the attack on Fort Fisher, 15 January 1865.

His citation reads:

Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1843, Ireland. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 59, 22 June 1865. Citation: On board the U.S.S. Minnesota in action during the assault on Fort Fisher, 15 January 1865. Landing on the beach with the assaulting party from his ship, S/man Bass advanced to the top of the sand hill and partly through the breach in the palisades despite enemy fire which killed and wounded many officers and men. When more than two-thirds of the men became seized with panic and retreated on the run, he remained with the party until dark, when it came safely away, bringing its wounded, its arms, and its colors.

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1822: Death of Co. Longford born (1864) Sir Henry Hughes Wilson.

Wilson was deputy chief of staff of the British Expeditionary Force on the Western Front at the outbreak of World War I and was appointed Imperial Chief of Staff in 1918, a position he held until he retired in 1922 to become MP for North Down.

Wilson was shot dead by two Irish volunteers in London in June 1922, Joseph O’Sullivan (1897-1922)  had lost a leg fighting with the British Army at Ypres and another former British soldier Reginald Dunne.

The killing of Wilson after the Treaty had been signed, outraged English opinion. The Times wrote:

“Field-Marshall Sir Henry Wilson, the famous and gallant soldier, was murdered yesterday upon the threshold of his London home. The murderers were Irishmen. Their deed must rank among the foulest in the foul category of Irish political crimes”

Exactly why he was killed has never been satisfactorily explained with some sources suggesting Michael Collins ordered the killing in retaliation for ongoing anti-Catholic violence in Northern Ireland.

Sir Henry Hughes Wilson

Sir Henry Hughes Wilson           1864-1922

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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 IrishmanSpeaks to Laugh and Learn. Tags: Best Irish Gift, Creative Irish Gift, Unique Irish Gifts, Irish Books, Irish Authors, Today in Irish HistoryTODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by IrishmanSpeaks)