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September 20,

Robert Emmet Execution – Irish Confederates at Chicagmauga – Kevin Barry

September 20: TODAY in Irish History:

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Irish rebel Robert Emmet

Robert Emmet

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1803: Execution of Robert Emmet

Robert Emmet is executed (hanged, drawn and quartered) for high treason.

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Irish rebel Robert Emmet
Robert Emmet 1778-1803

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Emmet had been captured in Dublin on August 25th following a hopelessly unsuccessful attempt at insurrection

In one sense, Emmet’s rebellion deserves little more than a footnote in history. The rebellion itself was more a riot than a full scale insurrection, but it garnered major publicity when the Lord Chief Justice of Ireland was killed in the affray.

Robert Emmet’s place in history is primarily due to his powerful 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: Full Text of Robert Emmet’s Speech from the Dock.

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1863: The Irish Confederates at Chicamauga

1863: The 5th Confederate Infantry consisting of a large number of Irish from Memphis fight in one of the bloodiest battles of the war, at Chickamauga. One of the commanders was Cork born Patrick Cleburne whom historians universally recognize as one of the most capable officers on either side during the awful conflict, although Chicamauga, might not have been his finest hour as this Master’s thesis by Major Joseph M Lance on Cleburne at Chicamauga suggests. Cleburne was known as the “Stonewall of the West.” He was one of six Confederate Generals to die at the slaughter at Franklin.

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Image from Harper’s Weekly of the Battle of Chicamauga

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READ: Memphis Irish at Chicamauga

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1920: Capture of Kevin Barry

Eighteen year old medical student Kevin Barry is captured following an ambush on British troops in Dublin in which one soldier is killed. On November 1, 1920, he would become the first Irish rebel to be executed by Britain since the 1916 executions, thus cementing his place in history.

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Kevin Barry Irish Rebel
Kevin Barry 1902-1920. Here in Belveder College Rugby shirt

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Undoubtedly a brave young man, he is often seen through heroic rose tinted glasses as for instance in this Wikipedia reference. “On the morning of 20 September 1920, Kevin Barry went to Mass, and received Holy Communion; he then joined a party of IRA volunteers on Bolton Street in Dublin. Their orders were to ambush a British army truck as it picked up a delivery of bread from the bakery, and capture their weapons. The ambush was scheduled for 11:00 A.M., which gave him enough time to take part in the operation and return to class in time for an examination he had at 2:00 P.M.”

Barry is also commemorated in an eponymously titled song that every Irish school boy had drilled into him by the Christian Brothers. The song has been covered by numerous Irish bands including Wolfe Tones and the Dubliners.

This version by  Leonard Cohen lacks the passion of an Irish band, but in its own way is a soulful rendition by a man who can sing about pain and despair as well as any Irishman

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Leonard Cohen sings Kevin Barry

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READ: Detailed Profile of Kevin Barry

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July 29,

JFK Comments on De Valera – Young Ireland Rebellion 1848 – Tom Dunphy

July 29: TODAY in Irish History:

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JFK image in For the Love of Being Irish

Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks 

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1752: Sir Peter Warren

Death of Co. Meath born, naval officer Sir Peter Warren (b. 10 March 1703). Warren signed on as an ordinary seaman in Dublin, in 1716 when he was 13 years old and  rapidly rose in the ranks. His ship patrolled American colonial waters to provide protection from French forces. He commanded the naval forces in the attack on the French fortress of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia in 1745. Warren later sat as MP for Westminster. He was an adept land speculator also and garnered thousands of acres in the New York area.

Admiral Si Peter Warren
Portrait of Sir Peter Warren at National Maritime Museum

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1848: Young Ireland Rebellion

Irish Nationalists led by William Smith O’Brien and Thomas Francis Meagher engage in a half-baked disastrous “rebellion” at Ballingarry . A small group of Young Irelanders engaged in a short sharp exchange of gunfire with members of the local constabulary.

When the police were reinforced the Young Ireland rebels retreated. Although not much more than a riot in one sense, the rebels became heroes particularly following their deportation to Van Diemen’s Land.

Although, they can fairly be described as clueless during this escapade, a number proved themselves to be extremely competent soldiers and statesmen including Meagher who fought as a Union General and was later appointed Acting Governor of Montana

READ: Short history of Young Ireland Rebellion

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1945JFK Speaks About De Valera

Fascinating article published by John F. Kennedy for Hearst Newspaper group about Ireland Seething Again Over Partition. Kennedy’s comments about “the brilliant, austere De Valera” are particularly astute who is still “fighting politically the same relentless battle, that was fought in the field during the uprising of 1916, in the war of independence and later in the civil war.”

Kennedy is not always given credit for his writing abilities, (with most of credit for speech writing given rightly to his Counselor Ted Sorenson), but some elements of this article are lyrical.

Commenting on De Valera’s debate elaboration, “he left the situation to many observers as misty as this island on an early winter’s morning. ” And on De Valera’s Fianna Fail colleagues: “All have been in both England and Ireland prisons, and many have wounds which still ache when the cold winds come in from the west.”

For original draft of article at JFK Library

When visiting Ireland in 1963, Kennedy made humorous reference to the respective birth places of the Kennedy and De Valera clan.

Image of JFK in For the Love of Being Irish: An A-Z of Ireland via History, Humor and Verse.

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1975: Tom Dunphy of The Royal Showband / Big 8

Death of Irish showband legend Tom Dunphy in a car crash while on the way to perform with Brendan Bowyer and the Big 8 at Mary from Dungloe Festival. Dunphy was one of the first superstars of the Irish music scene.

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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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