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April 11,

Titanic Photographer Fr. Browne – JFK Refuse Irish Citizenship – GAA Revokes Ban

April 11: TODAY in Irish History:

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Father Frank Brown

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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1784: General Abraham Roberts

.General Sir Abraham Roberts 1784-1873

(General Sir) Abraham Roberts is born in Waterford, the son of a local magistrate.  As an officer in the British East India Company Army he  served nearly 50 years in India.

Roberts son and a grandson would win the Victoria Cross.

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READ: Detailed biography of General Sir Abraham Roberts

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1912: The Titanic at Queenstown (now Cobh), Cork.

The doomed ship anchors two miles off shore at Roches Point as the port could not accommodate a ship of its size. 123 mainly 3rd class passengers who had paid 15, 10 shillings for a one way trip embarked. 8 people who boarded at either Southampton or Cherbourg disembarked.  Only 48 of the Queenstown passengers would survive. Those who would die include 18 year old Mary Delia Burns from Sligo, 20 year old Katherine Buckley from Cork. One of the passengers who disembarked was Frank Brown, then training for Jesuit priesthood. Brown took the only photographs of the Titanic’s final stop that are known to survive. Brown had been gifted a ticket for the Southampton- Queenstown part of Titanic’s fateful voyage.

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Father Frank Brown Titanic photographer

Frank Brown took the last published photograph of Titanic Capt Edward Smith. Following Brown’s ordination, he became a decorated chaplain with the Irish Guards during World War I.

Brown continued his passion for photography through his life and his tenure as Superior of St Xavier’s church. Frank Brown died in 1960.

Titanic Passengers wait at Queenstown, Cork
Titanic Passengers wait at Queenstown, Cork

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LISTEN: Titanic Second Mate Charles Lightoller on sinking

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1912: Final Home Rule Bill

 Liberal Prime Minister Herbert Asquith introduces Third Home Rule Bill which would provide self-government for Ireland, an apparent triumph for Nationalist leader John Redmond. The bill would never take effect due to Ulster Loyalist intransigence, the onset of World War I and the 1916 Easter Rising.

Nationalist Leader John Redmond

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1963: JFK Refuses Irish Citizenship

JFK aide McGeorge Bundy advises Thomas J. Kiernan, Ireland’s Ambassador to the U.S. that the President would not be able to accept honorary Irish citizenship on his then putative visit to Ireland (which would occur June 1963).

JFK and Ambassador Kiernan
JFK and Ambassador Kiernan

Kiernan recounts Kennedy’s comments about Irish citizenship during a conversation when presenting shamrock to the President for St. Patrick’s day.  “You know, the thing has to go through—there are all kinds of procedures and it probably will need legislation. The Senate would have to approve. In any case, he said, “It’s gone to my brother [Robert F. Kennedy]. He’s the main fellow and he may turn me down. I’d love it, but we’ll see what he says.” (source: JFK library)

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1971: GAA Bans the Ban 

The GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) finally revokes its infamous Rule 27, commonly known as “The Ban.”

The rule banned all GAA members from playing or watching in non-Gaelic games. Non-Gaelic included rugby, soccer, hockey and cricket. GAA members who broke Rule 27 were expelled from the GAA. This famously included Irish President and GAA-Patron Dr. Douglas Hyde who attended an international soccer match in 1938 prompting the Irish Times to write “The notion that the game by which a round ball is kicked only, and not punched as well as kicked, is detrimental to the national culture, is of course the most utterly childish form of humbug”.

The ludicrous rule ensured that Irish soccer international Liam Brady was expelled from his secondary school, St Aidan’s Christian Brothers school for captaining Ireland in an under 15 soccer international. Irish rugby international Moss Keane, played GAA under an assumed name in his youth to avoid being expelled while Waterford County player Tom Cheasty was suspended for six months in 1963 for attending a dance organized by a soccer club.

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April 10,

Titanic Sets Sail – IRA Leader Liam Lynch – The Good Friday Agreement

April 10: 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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1912: Titanic sets Sail

Today, the Titanic sets sail from Southampton. Even on this day there is drama.

At 7.30am Captain Edward J. Smith boards Titanic with full crew. Third class passengers embarked at 9.30, followed by second and first class.  Titanic sets sail from Southampton at noon heading for Cherbourg. Even before she leaves the harbor, there was drama. The swell caused by the giant ship created  a suction that broke the mooring ropes of the City of New York.  A collision was narrowly avoided when Titanic’s captain, Edward Smith, ordered the ship to reverse. Reports suggest that the ships were within 10 feet of each other before matters were brought under control.

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Titanic (right) after near collision with City of New York

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1923: IRA Leader Liam Lynch Killed

Liam Lynch

Liam Lynch 1893-1923

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Liam Lynch, commanding officer of the anti-Treaty IRA is killed in a skirmish with Free State troops in County Tipperary. His death marked the effective end of a brutal and divisive civil war. Lynch’s history is a good microcosm of Ireland following the 1916 rising.

During the 1919-21 War of Independence, Lynch was commandant of the Cork No. 2 Brigade of the IRA proving to be an effective guerilla fighter. Following the truce with Britain and the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty in December which allowed for the partition of Ireland, he sided with the anti-Treaty opposition. Despite a Dail vote, narrowly approving the Treaty, Lynch joined with De Valera in what would ultimately be violent opposition to the Treaty.

The seizure of the Four Courts in Dublin by anti-Treaty supporters (June 1922) and subsequent shelling of the stately building on the orders of Michael Collins, signaled the start of the civil war which pitted friends and family against each other.

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1998: Good Friday Agreement

Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and PM Tony Blair following Good Friday Agreement

Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and PM Tony Blair following Good Friday Agreement

One of the most momentous days in twentieth century Irish history occurs when the Good Friday Agreement is signed in Belfast.

It was the most far reaching and bipartisan agreement signed in Northern Ireland’s history. Not surprisingly the Agreement evoked different reactions. Die hards like Ian Paisley described an agreement as “treacherous” in  that it  included plans for a Northern Ireland assembly with power-sharing executive and cross-border institutions involving the Republic of Ireland. The Republic agreed to drop its constitutional claim to the six counties which form Northern Ireland. A particularly contentious element of the agreement was that it allowed for the release of paramilitaries on both sides, some of whom were convicted killers.

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Documentary on Good Friday Agreement

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READ: The Good Friday Agreement at Department of Foreign Affairs Ireland.

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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

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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.

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)