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August 25,

U2 Play Slane – Arrest of Robert Emmet – The First Rose of Tralee

August 25: TODAY in Irish History:

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U2 Slane 2001 (Photo: MCD)

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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1803: Robert Emmet Arrest

Irish nationalist Robert Emmet (1778-1803) is captured in Dublin following a hopelessly unsuccessful attempt at insurrection. Sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered, he was executed Sept 20 1803.

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Robert Emmet 1778-1803

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Emmet’s rebellion deserves little more than a footnote in history. The rebellion itself where the Lord Chief Justice of Ireland was killed was little more than a riot. His place in Irish history is primarily due to his speech from the dock where he said:

“Let no man write my epitaph; for as no man who knows my motives dare now vindicate them, let not prejudice or ignorance, asperse them. Let them and me rest in obscurity and peace, and my tomb remain uninscribed, and my memory in oblivion, until other times and other men can do justice to my character. When my country takes her place among the nations of the earth, then and not till then, let my epitaph be written. I have done.”

Emmet’s burial place is unknown.

READ: Robert Emmet SPEECH FROM THE DOCK

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Emmet’s love affair with Sarah Curran inspired Thomas Moore to write She is far from the land 

Sarah Curran

She is Far from the Land

She is far from the land, where her young hero sleeps,

And lovers are round her, sighing;

But coldly she turns from their gaze, and weeps,

For her heart in his grave is lying!

She sings the wild song of her dear native plains,

Every note which he lov’d awaking

Ah! little they think, who delight in her strains,

How the heart of the Minstrel is breaking!

He had lov’d for his love, for his country he died,

They were all that to life had entwin’d him,

Nor soon shall the tears of his country be dried,

Nor long will his love stay behind him.

Oh! make her a grave, where the sun-beams rest,

When they promise a glorious morrow;

They’ll shine o’er her sleep, like a smile from the West,

From her own lov’d Island of sorrow!

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1939: IRA Bomb Explosion in Coventry Kills Five

SEE: History of Coventry article

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1959: The Rose of Tralee

Ninetenn year old Alice O’Sullivan from Dublin wins the first ever Rose of Tralee. The internationally famous contest was conceived to generate additional visitors to the famed Kerry town. An objective that is achieved every year as up to 50,000 people visit over the festival period. The 1959 Rose of Tralee had a budget of £750.

The festival gets its name from a song written by William Mulchinock about his unrequited love for Mary O’Connor

The Rose of Tralee

The pale moon was rising above the green mountains,
The sun was declining beneath the blue sea,
When I strayed with my love by the pure crystal fountain,
That stands in the beautiful Vale of Tralee.

She was lovely and fair as the rose of the summer,
Yet ’twas not her beauty alone that won me.
Oh no, ’twas the truth in her eyes ever dawning
That made me love Mary, the Rose of Tralee.

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READ the STORY of MARY O’Connor, The Rose of Tralee which will bring a tear to your eye as you sip a pint of Guinness and listen to the magical tones of John McCormack below!

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2001: U2 headlines Ireland’s biggest one day festival at Slane Castle. Support bands include Red Hot Chilli Peppers and ColdPlay. The demand for tickets was so great, that the band played a second concert the following week where a young up coming band named the Foo Fighters was an opening act. U2 released a DVD of their Slane performance U2 Go Home: Live from Slane Castle

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U2 Slane Castle 2001


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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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July 13,

U2 at Live Aid – Father Flanagan of Boystown – New York Draft Riots

July 13: TODAY in Irish History:

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U2’s Bono illustrated in For the Love of Being Irish

 

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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1863: New York Draft Riots

Large numbers of Irish immigrants are involved in Draft  Riots in New York. The riots originated in protest against the introduction of conscription of US citizens. Many Irish had enrolled (or been enrolled) for US citizenship by the Democratic Party machine purely for the purpose of voting and never expected to have to fight for  a government they saw as being anti-Catholic and anti-Irish. The inequity of the draft system where the well to do could buy themselves out of the draft by paying $300 also raised ire. But the response of the predominantly Irish rioters was appalling as they targeted hundreds of unfortunate black Americans, lynching at least eleven in an orgy of unrestrained violence. Exact numbers who died are unknown, but some historians believe the riots were the largest civil insurrection in US history.

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Draft Riots New York 1863
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1886: Father Edward Flanagan of Boystown

Edward J. Flanagan (d. 11948), founder of Boys Town is born in Ballymoe, Co. Roscommon. He was a true friend to children in need who stated ““There are no bad boys. There is only bad environment, bad training, bad example, bad thinking.”

Roscommon born Father Flanagan

The website www.boystown.org says “On December 12, 1917, Father Flanagan opened his first Boys’ Home in a run-down Victorian mansion in downtown Omaha. In 1921, the Boys’ Home moved to Overlook Farm, its present location near 139th and West Dodge Road. Father Flanagan and Boys Town became internationally known with the help of the 1938 movie, “Boys Town.” He became an acknowledged expert in the field of child care, and toured the United States discussing his views on juvenile delinquency.”

Flanagan’s great work was portrayed (in a very Hollywood style) in Boys Town starring Spencer Tracy who was of Irish extraction.

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1981: IRA member Martin Hurson is the sixth person to die on hunger strike in an effort to gain political status for Republican prisoners. Another four would die before the strike would be called off.

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1985: Live Aid

Live Aid, organized primarily by Dublin born Bob Geldof is held in London and Philadelphia. Geldof was lead singer with Irish punk band The Boomtown Rats. The one time punk became an outspoken voice for third world countries and bullied, cajoled, persuaded some of the world’s largest bands to donate their services for a huge musical events. Bands that played London include U2, Queen, the Who and Dire Straits. Philadelphia performers included the Beach Boys, Judas Priest, Tom Petty.

In London, an already successful u2 played a 17 minute breakout set that included  Sunday Bloody Sunday and Bad.

U2 at LIVE AID

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Bono image in For the Love of Being Irish
Bono image in 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)