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 On this day 5 June in Irish History

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PostSubject: On this day 5 June in Irish History   Fri Jun 06, 2008 12:14 am

5 June 1646: Owen Roe O誰eill defeats a British Army at the Battle of Benburb.

General Owen Roe O誰eill met and defeated a superior enemy force at Benburb on this day. He had deliberately chosen a defensive position on which to meet the British Army under Major-General Robert Monro whose men had marched many miles in the days preceding the battle. He had over 6,000 men, made up of six Scottish and four English regiments of foot and around 600 horse. Monro's infantry was two-thirds musketeers and one-third pikemen. O誰eill痴 Army consisted of about 5,000 foot, half of whom were pikemen and half musketeers, and 500 horse, many of whom were lancers. The Irish had no artillery available but Monro had six light cannon.
The battle did not begin until late in the day when the British attacked the Irish lines and were beaten off. Once this attack had been checked O誰eill gave the order to advance with the exhortation to his men 銑et your manhood be seen by the push of your pike and the troops went over to the attack with the cry Santa Maria on their lips. After about an hours heavy fighting late in the evening the British lines began to buckle and eventually broke. Monro was lucky to escape with his life and he lost probably half his men, most of his baggage and all of his artillery. Irish casualties were in the low hundreds and they were the masters of the field as the sun went down. It was the greatest Irish Victory of the War of the Confederation.
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PostSubject: Re: On this day 5 June in Irish History   Fri Jun 06, 2008 12:53 am

Robert F Kennedy assassinated this morning 1968



wiki wrote:
He addressed his supporters in the early morning hours of June 5, 1968 in a ballroom at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.
He left the ballroom through a service area to greet supporters working
in the hotel's kitchen. In a crowded kitchen passageway, Sirhan Sirhan, a 24-year-old Palestinian,
opened fire with a .22 caliber revolver and shot Kennedy in the head at
close range. Following the shooting, Kennedy was rushed to The Good
Samaritan Hospital where he died early the next morning. Investigations
are believed to have neglected certain evidence supporting the theory
of another assasin standing right behind Kennedy firing lethal shots.
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PostSubject: Re: On this day 5 June in Irish History   Fri Jun 06, 2008 9:19 pm

I remember this day so well.

I was doing in exams in school when Mr O'Connor who was supervising came up and whispered in my ear that Robert Kennedy had died.
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