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stairnaheireann · 6 days ago
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#OTD in 1924 – The first Olympic medal won by the Irish Free State was a silver medal, awarded to Jack Butler Yeats for his 1923 painting The Liffey Swim. 
Between 1912 and 1948 the arts took pride of place alongside sporting events in the Olympic Games. The arts section was broken down into five categories: architecture, literature, music, painting and sculpture.    Ultimately the fledgling Irish State only took home two medals from the 1924 Olympic Games. Both of these were from the arts categories: Yeats’ silver medal for The Liffey Swim and a…
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stairnaheireann · 12 days ago
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#OTD in Irish History | 27 April:
#OTD in Irish History | 27 April:
1652 – Oliver Cromwell published a declaration that Irish Wolf Dogs or Irish Wolfhounds were prohibited to be exported and insisted that locals continue to breed sufficient numbers of the mighty hounds to hunt wolves. 1653 – The last major body of Irish Catholic troops under Phillip O’Reilly surrender to the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland at Cloughoughter in Cavan. End of the Irish Confederate…
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stairnaheireann · 25 days ago
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#OTD in 1922 – Led by Rory O’Connor, forces against the Anglo-Irish Treaty seized the Four Courts in Dublin.
#OTD in 1922 – Led by Rory O’Connor, forces against the Anglo-Irish Treaty seized the Four Courts in Dublin.
Anti-Treaty forces led by Rory O’Connor seized the Four Courts. O’Connor, with approximately 200 men under his command. Their hope was that the British army, who were still based in Dublin, would attack them, thereby reigniting the war of independence and perhaps healing the split. Arthur Griffith, who was the President of Dáil Éireann, wanted to take action immediately to dislodge the rebels…
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Will, over the phone: Hey Neeks, did you hear the news? Prince Philip died!
Nico: Yeah, isn’t it awesome babe!
Will: Uh, I guess?
Will: Wait aren’t you in England right now?
Nico:
Nico: n-no ?
Will:
Will: Nico DiAngelo-Solace, I’m only going to ask this once.
Will: Did you, or did you Not, kill *the* Prince Philip, royal consort to Queen Elizabeth?
Nico:
Will:
Nico: um..
*beep**click*
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stairnaheireann · a month ago
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Irish Civil War | What Really Happened at Ballyseedy?
Irish Civil War | What Really Happened at Ballyseedy?
You can still find bullet-marked walls in Ballymullen Barracks, Tralee. There, young Kerrymen faced squads after “interrogation” carried out by officers beating them with a hammer. Worse than these “authorised killings” were the atrocities carried out “unofficially”. Of these, one-act will always stand out in infamy the blowing up of nine prisoners at Ballyseedy Cross on the Tralee-Castleisland…
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pixieteeth · 2 months ago
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some more punt coins- both decimal and pre-decimal.
the punt circulated in the irish state from 1938-2002, and featured irish livestock and wild animals such as the irish wolfhound, salmon, red deer, woodcock, the hare, bull, chicken and sow.
the use of livestock imagery harkens back to the bartering system in pre-colonial ireland.
the illustrations were chosen by way of competition, and an english artist- percy metcalfe, designed the first coins to be struck.
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stairnaheireann · 2 months ago
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#OTD in 1923 – Nine Republican prisoners are taken from Ballymullen Barracks in Tralee to Ballyseedy Cross, ostensibly to clear a mined road.
#OTD in 1923 – Nine Republican prisoners are taken from Ballymullen Barracks in Tralee to Ballyseedy Cross, ostensibly to clear a mined road.
Kerry had seen more violence in the guerrilla phase of the Civil war than almost anywhere else in Ireland. By March 1923, sixty-eight Free State soldiers had already been killed in Kerry and 157 wounded. Eighty-five would die there by the end of the war. The day after Five Free State soldiers were killed by a booby trap bomb while searching a republican dug out at the village of Knocknagoshel,…
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goofo · 2 months ago
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i like my therapist but also i never want a white therapist again my last two therapists i could say anything about identity issues due to lack of culture or just my general disconnect from white ppl etc and they wouldn't question it but this on i have to explain shit to her like i'll talk about feeling like i dont fit in anywhere bc i wasn't raised with any culture bc so much of mexican culture is kinda forced away in attempted americanization over the generations and generations that my family has lived here and how from my white side our culture is simply “american culture” and that doesn’t feel real or valid to me and it’s not a culture i could ever or have ever been proud of and she’s white so she’s just like but why and i’m like you dont GET IT. like how i cling onto punk culture so much because it’s the only culture i’ve ever felt i have but even then i feel alienated in such a white group of people and shes like but why does that matter why does it matter if they’re a different race and im like im wasting my therapy time explaining to you what it’s like to be a poc because you’re white when ive never had to explain that before bc ive never had a white therapist idk it stresses me out
#if anyone relates feel free to talk to me about it if you want#actually im going to add a little more#like how i feel like being from the bay area itself has its very own culture and i cling to that you know? because it's all i really have.#i know it shouldnt really matter to me but it DOES.#like especially bc when i was younger we didnt see my nonwhite family nearly as often as we do now#so i was just clearly the only non white kid at my school and it was something i was without a doubt made aware of by my peers#but i didnt have a culture you know like i had nothing supporting me because i was different#my only culture was my mom having us watch selena and la bamba like genuienly#and it felt even worse because 2/3 of my friends were first gen and the other was second#so one of my friends spoke french at home and at french food and celebrated holidays etc and i thought it was so cool#and the other two were irish and one of them went to ireland every school break to visit family#and i had never traveled before to this day ive only left my state to go to our boardering state#and idk i always felt so lost#i mean NOW i love my more 'ethnic' features that i was bullied for as a kid but i think being made to hate them still effects me a lot even#though i dont hate them anymore yknow?#idk been thinking a lot lately#please like if you read yknow idk why thats comforting to feel seen but it is#also wait i lied only one half of my nonwhite family has been here for several generations bc one of my grandparents on that side#is the first in his family born here which is cool cool but yall get what i mean
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stairnaheireann · 3 months ago
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#OTD in 1923 – International reaction to Government executions.
#OTD in 1923 – International reaction to Government executions.
The Irish government Representative in Washington, Timothy Smiddy wrote to External Affairs minister Desmond Fitzgerald about US concerns regarding the execution of Anti-Treaty Irregulars, especially the PR fallout if women were to be executed. “A report given last week to the American papers by Mrs Despard from Paris (a cutting of which has already been sent to you), stated that, hence forth,…
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stairnaheireann · 3 months ago
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#OTD in Irish History | 23 January:
#OTD in Irish History | 23 January:
1774 – Dudley Cosby (Baron Sydney), former MP for Carrick, commits suicide. 1803 – Death of brewer and the founder of the Guinness brewery, Arthur Guinness, in Dublin. He was also an entrepreneur and philanthropist. 1837 – Death of pianist, composer, and teacher, John Field. He was born in Dublin into a musical family, and received his early education there, in particular with the immigrant…
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stairnaheireann · 3 months ago
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#OTD in 1922 – Michael Collins takes over control of Dublin Castle from the British authorities on behalf of the new Irish Free state.
#OTD in 1922 – Michael Collins takes over control of Dublin Castle from the British authorities on behalf of the new Irish Free state.
Dublin Castle originally built as a defensive fortification during the Norman period, evolved into the seat of British power, housing the mechanisms of the British government in Ireland. The Lord Lieutenant or the Viceroy of Ireland, the representative of the British crown, resided in the Castle. Parliament and the royal courts also took place in the Castle before moving into buildings of their…
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stairnaheireann · 4 months ago
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#OTD in 1923 – Anti-Treaty IRA men burn the home of Free State Senator John Philip Bagwell at Marlfield, Clonmel, Co Tipperary, including the extensive library built up by his father, historian Richard Bagwell.
#OTD in 1923 – Anti-Treaty IRA men burn the home of Free State Senator John Philip Bagwell at Marlfield, Clonmel, Co Tipperary, including the extensive library built up by his father, historian Richard Bagwell.
The Bagwells of Marlfield could trace their arrival in Ireland to John Bagwell (Backwell), a captain in Cromwell’s New Model Army. Marlfield House was the residence of the Bagwells, a wealthy and politically influential Irish Unionist family in south Tipperary from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. It is located about three kilometres west of the town of Clonmel on the northern bank of…
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stairnaheireann · 4 months ago
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#OTD in 1937 – The new Constitution of Ireland (Bunreacht na hÉireann) repealed the 1922 Constitution, and came into effect on this date.
#OTD in 1937 – The new Constitution of Ireland (Bunreacht na hÉireann) repealed the 1922 Constitution, and came into effect on this date.
The Irish Constitution, accepted by national vote in July became law at midnight. The constitution echoed much of the thinking of Éamon de Valera. Much of the development and drafting of the constitution was done by John J. Hearne, Éamon de Valera’s confidante and advisor. Hearne went on to become first Irish ambassador to the United States in 1950. Article 1 reads: The Irish nation hereby…
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stairnaheireann · 4 months ago
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#OTD in 1921 – Vitriolic Treaty debate starts in Dail Éireann.
#OTD in 1921 – Vitriolic Treaty debate starts in Dail Éireann.
Ireland starts to tear itself apart as opposing forces debate the Treaty, setting the stage for a vicious Civil War. Following are some passionate speeches from Arthur Griffith, Éamon de Valera and Michael Collins. Arthur Griffith: “(I move) that Dáil Éireann approves of the Treaty between Great Britain and Ireland, signed in London on December 6th, 1921.” Nearly three months ago Dáil Éireann…
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