Posts tagged ‘troubles’

March 20,

Brendan Behan – Jonesborough Ambush – John Mitchel

March 20: TODAY in Irish History:

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Brendan Behan 1923-1964
Brendan Behan 1923-1964

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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1875: Death of Irish Nationalist John Mitchel

John MItchel - Irish Nationalist

Mitchel wrote for The Nation and was founder of The United Irishman newspaper which openly preached rebellion against England returns to Ireland. Convicted of treason in 1848, Mitchel was sentenced to fourteen years transportation in Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania.) In 1853, he escaped to America, where he published his Jail Journal.

While in America, he was editor of the Richmond Examiner and was a strong advocate of Confederate rights. He was imprisoned for several months after the Civil War ended. His return to Ireland, evoked huge enthusiasm amongst an Irish population devastated by the Famine and emigration.

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READ: Biography of John Mitchel

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1920: Killing of Lord Mayor of Cork Tomás Mac Curtain

Sinn Féin Lord Mayor of Cork Tomás Mac Curtain is killed by disguised RIC / Black and Tans in his home in front of his wife and children. The killing was apparently in retaliation for the death of RIC Constable Murtagh some hours earlier in Cork.  Mac Curtain was an active member of the IRA and  O.C. of Cork No.1 Brigade Irish Volunteers.

Some weeks later, a Cork coroner’s court will return a verdict of willful murder in the death of Tomas MacCurtain. The senior RIC officer who either participated or approved the operation District Inspector Oswald Swanzy would be killed by the IRA in August.

Funeral of  Tomás Mac Curtain

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READ: Detail on District Inspector Oswald Swanzy

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1964: Brendan Behan RIP

The short life of playwright, novelist, poet and enfant terrible, Brendan Behan (b. 1923) ends in Dublin. Behan had found fame as writer of plays like The Quare Fellow, The Hostage and best selling books including Borstal Boy which was basically a memoir of his time in Hollesley Bay Borstal for republican activities in England. Behan succumbed to the curse of many Irish artists – alcohol, providing much copy for media and press about his drunken antics which in his later life simply became sad anecdotes in a brilliant writer’s life.

Two hard drinking Irish: Brendan Behan and Jackie Gleason

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READ: Malcolm Muggeridge Interview with Brendan Behan

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SEE: Excellent RTE Archive on Brendan Behan

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Brendan Behan Quotes

Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it’s done, they’ve seen it done every day, but they’re unable to do it themselves.

If it was raining soup, the Irish would go out with forks.

I only take a drink on two occasions – when I’m thirsty and when I’m not.

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1989:  Jonesborough Ambush. IRA Kills Senior RIC Officers. Security Collusion Alleged

RIC Officers Harry Breen and Bob Buchanan
RIC Officers Harry Breen and Bob Buchanan

Two senior RIC officers, Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and Superintendent Bob Buchanan are ambushed by the IRA in County Armagh after they have traveled from Dundalk where they had a meeting with An Garda Síochána (Irish police force). Prior to driving to Dundalk, Breen had expressed concern that there was an IRA mole in the Garda whom he named to his staff officer.

Although never conclusively proven, there is compelling evidence that an IRA supporter within the Garda provided information to IRA in Northern Ireland. Breen and Buchanan were the two highest ranking RIC officers to be killed in the conflict. Their deaths also strained relations between RIC and Irish police.

The Irish Government set up a tribunal of inquiry to determine the facts of the case. As with all tribunals in Ireland, it’s determinations have taken substantially longer than first planned. Headed by Mr. Justice Peter Smithwick, the tribunal’s terms of reference are:

Tribunal of Inquiry  into suggestions that members of An Garda Síochána or other employees of  the State colluded in the fatal shootings of RUC Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and RUC Superintendent Robert Buchanan on the 20th March, 1989.

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The lengthy opening statement of the tribunal is a fascinating profile of the time and the security issues involved.

READ: Smithwick Tribunal of Inquiry

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February 16,

Irish Nationalist John Mitchel – SAS Ambush – 1932 Fianna Fail Gain Power

February 16: TODAY in Irish History:

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John MItchel - Irish Nationalist

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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1875: Irish Nationalist John Mitchell

John MItchel - Irish Nationalist
John MItchel – Irish Nationalist

John Mitchell returns from America one day after being elected MP for Tipperary. His election was deemed invalid as he was a convicted felon for his activities with the Young Ireland movement. In poor health, he would die weeks later on March 20th

Mitchel wrote for The Nation and was founder of The United Irishman newspaper which openly preached rebellion against England returns to Ireland. Convicted of treason in 1848, Mitchel was sentenced to fourteen years’ transportation in Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania.) In 1853, he escaped to America, where he published his Jail Journal.

While in America, he was editor of the Richmond Examiner and a strong advocate of Confederate rights. He was imprisoned for several months after the Civil War ended. His return to Ireland, evoked huge enthusiasm amongst an Irish population devastated by the Famine and emigration

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1890: Scientist Sir Robert John Kane

Death of Dublin born scientist Sir Robert John Kane age eighty. In a distinguished career, he founded the Dublin Journal of Medical Science, was Vice-Chancellor of Royal University of Ireland  and was director of  Museum of Irish Industry.

Sir Robert John Kane 1809-1890

Kane’s family history is quite unique. His father participated in the 1898 rebellion and was forced to flee to France for a period after the rebellion. Amazingly, his grandson (Robert Kane’s son) went on to become an Admiral in the British Navy! Kane was knighted in 1846.

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1932: General Election

The General Election sees Fianna Fail become the largest party in the state for the first time. Pushing a populist agenda featuring a promise to abolish the oath of allegiance, encourage protectionism and freeing IRA prisoners, Fianna Fail gained 72 seats to Cumann na nGaehael’s 57. The party that had been defeated in the civil war just ten years previously was now due to take power. On March 10th, De Valera would be elected Taoiseach of a minority administration with the support of the Labour Party.

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1992: SAS ambush IRA activists at Clonoe, County Tyrone

 A local Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) unit is ambushed by the Special Air Service at a church yardafter the IRA men had launched a heavy machine gun attack on the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) base in Coalisland. Four IRA men were killed in what appeared to be a well planned ambush. It seems almost certain that British security forces had been forewarned about the attack. Following the attack on the barracks, the IRA men drove the truck containing the machine gun to a local church yard to dismantle the weapon. Security forces who had been waiting for over three hours opened fire without warning killing all four men. In a statement that many might deem ironic, Sinn Fein, the political wing of the IRA claimed that British troops were operating a shoot-to-kill policy.

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READ: Ambush, Assassination and Impunity

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2011: The Morning After Pill

 For the first time, the morning after pill can now be sold by Irish pharmacies without need for a doctor’s prescription.

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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.

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