12 December-Irish National Anthem

Peadar Kearney, who wrote the lyrics of the Soldier’s Song, was a native of Dublin, Ireland. The Soldier’s Song is the Irish National Anthem. Kearney also composed several other songs including, ‘Down by the Glenside’ and ‘The Tri-coloured Ribbon’. He was a founder of the Irish Volunteers and fought in the Easter Rising of 1916.

Peadar Kearney was born on Lower Dorset Street, Dublin in 1883. Having left school at age 14, he trained as a house painter. He was a member of the garrison which fought at Jacob’s biscuit factory during the 1916 Easter Rising. He later fought in the War of Independence which ended with signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty on December on December 6th 1921.

Peadar Kearney supported the democratic decision of the people and served under Michael Collins during the Civil War. He was with Michael Collins at Béal na mBláith when Collins was assassinated on August 16th 1922. Following the death of Collins, Kearney abandoned politics and returned to house painting. He died in Dublin at the age of 59 on November 23rd 1942.

Peadar Kearney, who wrote the lyrics of what is now the Irish National Anthem, was born in the year 1883 On This Day.

MEMORIAL TO PEADAR KEARNEY [1883 – 1942]-

 

 

12 August-Quagga

The Quagga was a unique variety of plains zebra. Once found in great numbers in South Africa the Quagga became extinct in the late 19th century. They were hunted to extinction following the Dutch settlement of South Africa.

The Quagga was valuable for its unique hide. It also competed for vegetation needed for domesticated livestock. Some Quaggas were taken to various Zoos in Europe. Breeding in captivity was not successful and the Quagga was extinct in the wild by 1878.

The last Quagga died at Artis Zoo (Natura Artis Magistra) in Amsterdam, Netherlands in the year 1883 On This Day.

Quagga mare at London Zoo, 1870

Quigga the Quagga

03 June-Kilkenny Minnesota

Kilkenny, Minnesota, USA is named after Kilkenny in the southeast of Ireland. It has a population of approximately 150. Kilkenny, Minnesota and Kilkenny, Ireland were officially twinned in 2013. When President Kennedy visited Ireland in 1963 ‘he extended greetings to the people of Kilkenny, Ireland from the people in Kilkenny, Minnesota’. (Mae Zellmer Mach 1979)

Emigrants to the United States from Kilkenny, Ireland settled in Kilkenny, Minnesota in 1856. One of them was Dennis Doyle, a teacher who was born in Cuffesgrange near Kilkenny City in 1818. He worked as a teacher in the new settlement. He also served as postmaster and was elected to the state legislature.

Kilkenny, Minnesota was incorporated as a city in the year 1883 On This Day.

Minnesota

 

14 March-Karl Marx

Karl Marx was a native of Germany. He was a journalist, philosopher, economist and revolutionary socialist. His writings have had a major impact on the world politics. He is regarded as one of the architects of modern sociology.

Karl Marx was born in Trier in southwestern Germany on May 5th 1818. He studied philosophy and literature at universities in Bonn and Berlin. He later became a journalist. Because of his writings he was expelled from Germany, later from France and finally from Belgium.

Marx moved to London in 1848. He was denied British citizenship but he lived in Britain for the rest of his life. Marx published a large volume of work during his lifetime. His most notable publications were The Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital.

Karl Marx died at the age of 64 in the year 1883 On This Day.

Marx

 

 

12 December-Peadar Kearney

Peadar Kearney who wrote the lyrics of the Soldier’s Song, was a native of Dublin, Ireland. The Soldier’s Song is the Irish National Anthem. Kearney also composed several other songs including, ‘Down by the Glenside’ and ‘The Tri-coloured Ribbon’. He was a founder of the Irish Volunteers and fought in the Easter Rising of 1916.

Peadar Kearney was born on Lower Dorset Street, Dublin in 1883. Having left school at age 14, he trained as a house painter. He was a member of the garrison which fought at Jacob’s biscuit factory during the 1916 Easter Rising. He later fought in the War of Independence which ended with signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty on December on December 6th 1921.

The Treaty established Ireland as a self-governing Free State. It was ratified by 64 votes to 57 by Dáil Eireann on January 7th 1922. When those opposed to the Treaty lost the vote, they walked out of parliament led by Éamon de Valera. They took up arms in opposition to the treaty and civil war ensued. Peadar Kearney supported the democratic decision of the people and served under Michael Collins during the Civil War.

He was with Michael Collins at Béal na mBláith when Collins was assassinated on August 16th 1922. Following the death of Collins, Kearney abandoned politics and returned to house painting. He died in Dublin at the age of 59 on November 23rd 1942.

Peadar Kearney, who wrote the lyrics of what is now the Irish National Anthem, was born in the year 1883 On This Day.

PEADAR KEARNEY MEMORIAL [68 LOWER DORSET STREET]-1237855 by infomatique on 2016-11-29 17:13:10