11 November-John M Canon Hayes

Muintir na Tíre is a national organisation which was established to promote community development in Ireland. The organisation has been involved in the development of initiatives such as Tidy Towns’ competition, Citizens Information Centres, Rural Group Water Schemes and Community Alert. The first unit of the organisation was launched in Tipperary Town in 1937. Muintir na Tíre was founded by Canon Hayes the Parish priest of Bansha. John M Canon Hayes was born in the year 1887 On This Day

Tidy Town Ireland photo

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07 November-Gene Tunney

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Gene Tunney, was born in 1897 to Mary and John Tunney of Kiltimagh, Co Mayo. Gene’s father John Tunney who came from Cill Aodáin, Kiltimagh and his mother Mary Lydon who came from Gorthgarve, Kiltimagh emigrated to the United States in 1880. They settled in Greenwich Village, New York City where they raised their seven children. Gene Tunney who won 65 of his 68 fights, 48 by knockout, retired as an undefeated heavyweight in 1928. James Joseph ‘Gene’ Tunney died aged 81 in the year 1978 On This Day

Gene Tunney photo


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05 November-John Byrne VC

John Byrne VC was born in Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny in September 1832. At the age of 22 he was awarded the Victoria Cross for gallantry while serving as a private in the British Army during the Crimean War. When his regiment was ordered to retreat during the Battle of Inkerman John Byrne went, under fire, towards the enemy lines to help a wounded comrade to safety. He was also awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for acts of bravery later during the same war. Private John Byrne was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery at the battle of Inkerman during the Crimean war in the year 1854 On This Day.

Inkerman photo


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Inkerman photo

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04 November-PSNI

The Irish Constabulary was established in 1822. It was renamed the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) in 1867. Following independence in 1922 the RIC was replaced by a new police force called the Civic Guard, which was later renamed An Garda Siochána, and the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC). As part of the Good Friday Agreement the RUC was replaced by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) in the year 2001 On This Day

Police Service of Northern Ireland photo


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