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PostSubject: On This Day 20th July in Irish History   Sun Jul 20, 2008 12:02 pm

1798- The United Irish rebels surrendered at Timahoe.

1914- Brigadier Hubert Gough led the Curragh Mutiny. Mutiny was a bit of a exaggeration. The 'mutiny' consisted of almost the entire body of officers of the 5th Cavalry Brigade, stationed in the Curragh, accepting the government’s offer of resignation rather than enforce Home Rule in
. The government, realising it would have no officers left in the army (two weeks before the Great War kicked off) backtracked and everybody saved face. Hubert was from a famous Tipperary military family. He would go on to command the Fifth Army in France until 1918.

1922- The
Free State army captured Limerick

1933- General Eoin O'Duffy became leader of the Blueshirts.

1982- The IRA killed ten people when it blew up a military band in


1877- Tom Crean, Polar Explorer, was born in Annascaul, Co. Kerry. Crean participated in 3 expeditions to the Antarctic, 2 with Scott, 1901-1904 and 1911-1913 and one with Ernest Shackleton 1914-1917. Crean performed 2 great feats of physical endurance. The first was on 18th February 1912 when he walked 35 miles alone across the Ross Ice Shelf to get help for a disabled comrade. The second was in early 1916 when Crean, Shackleton and 4 others sailed an open boat 800 miles to South Georgia. Tom Crean died in 1938.

1902- Jimmy Kennedy, songwriter. Born in Omagh where his father was an RIC man. He wrote over 2,000 songs including South of the Border, Red Sails in the Sunset and We’re going to hang out the washing on the Siegfried Line.

1945- Johnny Loughrey, singer. Born in Newtownstewart, Co. Tyrone.

1981- Damien Delaney, footballer, was born in Cork. He plays for QPR and got his first international cap for Ireland in May this year.


1616- Hugh O’Neill, the Great Earl, died in Rome.

1986- Tpr Paul Fogarty died in Lebanon serving with UNIFIL.
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PostSubject: Re: On This Day 20th July in Irish History   Sun Jul 20, 2008 3:15 pm

Jimmy Kennedy seems to have been quite a guy:

Fats Domino's version of "Red Sails in the Sunset" (about Portstewart, near Derry)

Also recorded by Bing Crosby, the Platters and the Beatles.
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