Arthur MacMurrough Kavanagh: A Most Remarkable Man

Very little deterred Arthur MacMurrough Kavanagh, who, often on horseback, traveled the world, killed tigers, and became what one reporter called, “The most remarkable man who has ever occupied a seat in the House of Commons." His life was a testament to the indomitable human spirit, a life that deserves to be remembered.
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  • What an astonishing story. The truth is so often stranger than fiction. Thank you.

    wisp666wisp6666 өдрийн өмнө
  • Remarkable mom = remarkable son

    Lisa DavenportLisa Davenport8 өдрийн өмнө
  • Does this guy remind anyone else of Tyrion Lanister?

    Scott FitchScott Fitch11 өдрийн өмнө
  • MNthe's auto-generated closed captioning is hilariously bad. Is it possible for creators to provide accurate closed captioning? Your articulate and witty narratives would be a wonderful asset for adult literacy programs if closed captioning were accurate.

    Karl RoeblingKarl Roebling14 өдрийн өмнө
  • Thank you very much for your prolific well-presented series of often little known but fascinating events. I'm intrigued by what appears to be a 105 on the shelf behind you. I think the projectile is a mock-up (wrong colour, odd ogive and driving bands and no fuze) but it comes and goes in what seems an arbitrary fashion and I can't think what it's up to when AWOL. Please tell me more !

    steveinfrancesteveinfrance15 өдрийн өмнө
  • I think if you were a poor irish catholic at the time his birth would have been a curse.

    macker33macker3316 өдрийн өмнө
  • Do one on Henry O. Flipper?

    Jeremy SmithJeremy Smith19 өдрийн өмнө
  • What a remarkable story of achievement and accomplishment, though it is an example of the advantage of money. Sigh

    Frank GullaFrank Gulla21 өдрийн өмнө
  • As usual,another wonderful lesson with superb narration,by the master....👏👍

    Jon PiotrowskiJon Piotrowski22 өдрийн өмнө
  • He climbed a mountain without legs, what is your excuse? Me: His feet didn't hurt!

    dungeonfrekdungeonfrek22 өдрийн өмнө
  • She named the wrong son, Bob.

    dungeonfrekdungeonfrek22 өдрийн өмнө
  • Thank you! This man certainly DOES deserve to be remembered and so does his mother because without her, his life, as you pointed out, may have been very, very different.

    KJTHerrickKJTHerrick24 өдрийн өмнө
  • I can only wish bad fortune on the 33 people who downvoted this story of an incredible person.

    The Dude AbidesThe Dude Abides25 өдрийн өмнө
  • Well researched!

    Scott RauthScott Rauth25 өдрийн өмнө
  • DEAR NANCY, THANK YOU FOR GETTING DRUNK: Pelosi: Dear George Floyd, Thank You For Getting Killed. And revealing to the entire world the moral bankruptcy of your side of the isle.

    Richy KayRichy Kay26 өдрийн өмнө
  • Hunting wild animals for trophies is wrong and disgusting, no matter who does it

    Michael EasterwoodMichael Easterwood26 өдрийн өмнө
  • Reminds me of Ivar the Boneless. Except not as bloodthirsty. Lol

    Chad CuckproducerChad Cuckproducer26 өдрийн өмнө
  • As to suggestions for future episodes, I wonder if you have done one about the ' Black Cat ' PBY squadrons of the second world war? A tale of resourcefulness with a very David vs Goliath air about it.

    Ira SpurlockIra Spurlock27 өдрийн өмнө
  • I hope his illegitimate children were as successful as he was.

    altarushaltarush27 өдрийн өмнө
  • THG is a great storyteller

    Christine ReedChristine Reed27 өдрийн өмнө
  • Since you, Mr. History Guy, seem to have a penchant for recounting tales of Duty and heroism, perhaps a treatment of the heroes who sacrificed themselves, attempting to respond to the Chernobyl disaster, might be worth considering. Thank you.

    Reltney McfeeReltney Mcfee28 өдрийн өмнө
  • I'm pretty sure that I've somewhere seen a video examining one of the guns made for him.

    Kelton OliverKelton Oliver28 өдрийн өмнө
  • All I have to say is, holy shit. An OG

    Sir-WorthingtonSir-Worthington28 өдрийн өмнө
  • Deserves to be remembered indeed

    CoondawgCoondawg28 өдрийн өмнө
  • Arthur Kavanagh was indeed very remarkable, but his mother was perhaps even more remarkable. This report didn’t say much about his father, but that man must have also been extraordinary.

    Gary CooperGary Cooper28 өдрийн өмнө
  • Love the channel! Love it even better when you're talking about Irish topics and even better again when you're talking about topics from my own county of Carlow. That's two videos now on famous Carlovians, the other being Myles Keogh, not bad for the second smallest county in Ireland :-D Boris house is only a 20 min drive from me, was only there recently and walked the beautiful new Borris viaduct walk. It's a really lovely picturesque village. Thanks for the videos!! :-)

    Peter HPeter H28 өдрийн өмнө
  • Regardless of the support he received, it still takes a powerful man with an iron will to survive, much less prosper. He is an inspiration for all physically challenged individuals and equally as well for those who have relatively perfect health. For if he can succeed with his physical limitations, what can - should - a perfectly healthy man be expected to achieve? Thank you Arthur and thank you THG for the epic saga.

    Tracy TrawickTracy Trawick28 өдрийн өмнө
  • Quite admirable in many ways. Too bad his morals (earlier on at least) didn't match his determination. AND what a great mom.

    Croaking FrogCroaking Frog29 өдрийн өмнө
  • Arthur : I want to play darts Publican : ok, this could be difficult Arthur : put the darts in my mouth. Feathers first Publican : Done, what else can i do to help Arthur: Now throw the flamin dartboard at me!!!!

    Scott ReynoldsScott Reynolds29 өдрийн өмнө
  • I see the Stay Puffed Marshmallow Man and the LiS Robot on the top shelf. But I can't make out the figure in the silver suit. Who or what is he?

    Leelan LampkinsLeelan Lampkins29 өдрийн өмнө
  • This is a story that needs a wider audience - what this man did boggles the mind, given his condition and the time period. I expect few able-bodied men or women would have dared experience the world the way Arthur did, or succeeded in overcoming so many obstacles placed in their way, time and time again.

    VosperCDNVosperCDN29 өдрийн өмнө
  • Remarkable to achieve all he did in that era facing such severe disabilities.

    Dean FirnatineDean Firnatine29 өдрийн өмнө
  • Amazing. Well told!

    Butch GeaganButch Geagan29 өдрийн өмнө
  • only the Irish...

    John PritchardJohn Pritchard29 өдрийн өмнө
  • I have had some difficulties in my life lately, and today has been a particularly harsh day. I needed to hear this. I needed some perspective. I needed reason to not feel sorry for myself. Thank you.

    Metalbass10000Metalbass1000029 өдрийн өмнө
  • I thoroughly enjoyed this and all your videos thank you

    Stephanie HenmanStephanie Henman29 өдрийн өмнө
  • Amazing . . . he found a key to life . . . despite his physical hardships. He possible approached this as a challenge . . . pursuing life, as no hardship existed ! 🤗🇺🇸

    Paul SupronoPaul Suprono29 өдрийн өмнө
  • Have you (THG) done a history of Israel? Before Jesus from Moses to gone only to come back after wwii

    Dedra KuhnDedra Kuhn29 өдрийн өмнө
  • wow.

    Deconverted ManDeconverted ManСарын өмнө
  • One of your greatest stories!

    The lizard of OzThe lizard of OzСарын өмнө
  • And we complain about wearing a mask.

    Michael DiamondMichael DiamondСарын өмнө
  • Not to knock this guy, but Sir Robert Wilson, (1777-1849) was so remarkable, he had a biography written of him titled, "An Astonishing Fellow" and had a piece of historical fiction written about him. "Come Ride With Me", by Thomas Costain. By the way, buried in Westminster Abby. Not too shabby.

    Jim LakeyJim LakeyСарын өмнө
  • ➡️ ⤵️ B.e.S.T f'u"l'l D.a.T.i.n.G h.o.T G.i.r.L's -L-o-V-e-S-e-X---❤️😘 ..👍 !💖🖤❤️今後は気をライブ配信の再編ありがとうです!この日のライブ配信は、かならりやばかったですね!1万人を超える人が見ていたもん(笑)やっぱり人参最高!まさかのカメラ切り忘れでやら1かしたのもドキドキでした,. 💖🖤在整個人類歷史上,強者,富人和具有狡猾特質的人捕食部落,氏族,城鎮,城市和鄉村中的弱者,無`'守和貧窮成員。然而,人類的生存意願迫使那些被拒絕,被剝奪或摧毀的基本需求的人們找到了一種生活方式,並繼續將其DNA融入不斷發展的人類社會。. 說到食物,不要以為那些被拒絕的人只吃垃圾。相反,他們學會了在被忽視的肉類和蔬菜中尋找營養。他們學會了清潔,切塊,調味和慢燉慢燉的野菜和肉類,在食品市場上被忽略的部分家用蔬菜和肉類,並且學會了使用芳香的木煙(如山核桃,山核桃和豆科灌木 來調味g食物煮的時候 1618616006

    Ketty OpotKetty OpotСарын өмнө
  • Wonderful story as usual. Also impressed with your correct use of local pronunciation of a small village in the southeast of Ireland. That's research!

    Jim MahonJim MahonСарын өмнө
  • No one but government can build a road! Arthur Kavanaugh: hold my beer

    Scot CoonScot CoonСарын өмнө
  • A very inspiring life!

    Tina McLaughlinTina McLaughlinСарын өмнө
  • Wow the Rich being Empathetic? Unheard of, no way!

    Dr. Less CharacterDr. Less CharacterСарын өмнө
  • This brings to mind a lovely young lady of my acquaintance who was able to accomplish a great deal despite being born without limbs; she died 10 years ago this month at a young age, but is fondly remembered. I'm also reminded of an apocryphal story about a man who was born as only a head; he survived in that condition for some years, but somehow managed to eventually grow arms and legs, and even learned to walk. Unfortunately, while crossing the street one day, he was run over and killed. The moral of the story is: Quit while you're a head.

    Jack MorrowJack MorrowСарын өмнө
  • What chance for notoriety might this fellow have had, born to a poor family? Fortune and fame are most often, boughten but in this instance, I'd say not.

    Bugout BubbaBugout BubbaСарын өмнө
  • His example of living life to its fullest despite the lack of arms and legs makes me wonder whether I, who have all four limbs, am doing all I can with my own life... Some how, I don't think any of us could ever fully measure up.

    Dina ScharnhorstDina ScharnhorstСарын өмнө
  • I'm feeling like quite the slacker after hearing this biography. Lol. Great job once again History Guy 👍🏼

    Eddie D.Eddie D.Сарын өмнө
  • I'd love to see a video of the history of Bobby Fischer

    Tak OmegaTak OmegaСарын өмнө
  • Today a guy sports 6-inch heels and a wig and he's a hero

    Mike McGomerMike McGomerСарын өмнө
    • Lol...#true

      Robert HarperRobert Harper23 өдрийн өмнө
  • Wow, I was the only white guy I knew or seen in the Congo and was told not to travel alone and I did anyway and I thought I was an adventurer...

    Mike McGomerMike McGomerСарын өмнө
  • I'm not sure where to exactly post this but I believe you have commented that if we have an idea for a video make a suggestion. So here is mine. My grandfather was in WWI and was in Company D 56th Pioneer Infantry. They participated in the Meuse Argonne Offensive. Army of Occupation France and Germany, 1918 - 1919. I haven't had much luck finding any information on the Pioneer Infantry. I hope this is an ok place to ask. Thank you.and I really enjoy your work.

    David PhippsDavid PhippsСарын өмнө
  • Wow.

    Kevin ReardonKevin ReardonСарын өмнө
  • Phenomenal episode, Lance! Thanks, as always.

    Rus HealyRus HealyСарын өмнө
  • Unrelated but, Dear History Guy: can you do a history of flags? -Like where the first came from and their development....

    Tadhg WrightTadhg WrightСарын өмнө
  • Wow.

    01sapphireGTS01sapphireGTSСарын өмнө
  • Love the videos man! Keep up the good work! I would love to see a video on the 1936 heat wave if possible.

    SKRAALSKRAALСарын өмнө
  • What a great story, pretty great dude and great vid!

    IcoNIcoNСарын өмнө
  • Tell me the same story, but with a kid without wealth. Then I'll listen✌

    Raymond BoydRaymond BoydСарын өмнө
  • Amazing! And a wonderfully made video. Excellent narration !

    Catheryn DentonCatheryn DentonСарын өмнө
  • Hi, Not a comment on this video, but a suggestion of a future topic: a look at the Hex Murders of York County Pa in 1920's. Thank you for all you do for those of us History Junkies.

    Jill TurtleJill TurtleСарын өмнө
  • I am sorry, but Ireland did not suffer due to british policy. It suffer due to the Irish aristocracies policy. The British, and by that most mean English, because remember at that time Ireland was part of britain get blamed for so many things. Look at slavery, who stopped it, the British, yet we still get blamed

    Salty BusterSalty BusterСарын өмнө
  • An inspiring story that really deserves to be remembered, thank you so much!

    derek millerderek millerСарын өмнө
  • Sometimes people with less then optimal resources turn out to be the most resourceful!

    BullettubeBullettubeСарын өмнө
  • After hearing this, I'd like to say that I will never again complain about the aches and pains of daily life and growing older, but I'm guessing that sentiment would only last a moment. Thank you, as always, for your work sharing with us history's perspective.

    Gene RitterGene RitterСарын өмнө
  • She wanted him to be normal why not everything else duh.

    Cornbreadfed KirkpatrickCornbreadfed KirkpatrickСарын өмнө
  • Everything but pirates, and yet perhaps in travels wide and far, pirates of the sands and jungles were found, and most certainly men of lesser ilk in the house of politicians had to be faced.

    Randall TheScandalRandall TheScandalСарын өмнө
  • As if I need even more reason to feel like less of a man...

    me3333me3333Сарын өмнө
  • OMG... A Kavanaugh... I think the Democrats just started a hearing to discuss this guy dipping little girls' pigtails into ink wells when he was in that one room schoolhouse...he also drank grog and spit tobacco juice onto the general store's sawdust floor... for shame...

    Jeff Goes RandomJeff Goes RandomСарын өмнө
  • Euthanizing The Mentally Ill Belgium and the Netherlands legally permit euthanasia based on mental illness alone. Meanwhile, Canada’s Parliament just legalized lethal jabs of the mentally ill after a waiting period to permit bureaucratic death protocols to be worked out. This is particularly worrisome for the United States as Canada is our closest cultural cousin. And here’s an insidious twist: Euthanasia for mental illnesses has become conjoined with organ donation in both the Netherlands and Belgium, Such kill-and-harvest procedures have even been written up approvingly-or, at least without criticism-in notable international organ transplant medical journals.

    Richy KayRichy KayСарын өмнө
    • Can't speak for anywhere else but as for Canada you're wrong to the point where I'd not trust any other statements you made.

      Lensflare DeviantLensflare DeviantСарын өмнө
  • Brilliant! And thank you for the great presentation of so many histories once hidden but now remembered by many. Thank you Mr. THG.

    Ragnald OdinsonRagnald OdinsonСарын өмнө
  • What an amazing man. What an amazing life! Thank you for this video. It is, indeed, history worth remembering!

    Randy AlleynRandy AlleynСарын өмнө
  • A good reminder to have a positive attitude about whatever challenges you may experience in life.

    Ed SchermerhornEd SchermerhornСарын өмнө
  • He was blessed to have a mother who insisted on him developing skills to survive, intellectually and physically.

    tugquarlestugquarlesСарын өмнө
  • Wow! He lived and incredible life regardless of his physical hardships.

    Doug CostelloDoug CostelloСарын өмнө
  • Kavanagh has a superfluous "u" in the description.

    LizJLizJСарын өмнө
  • Impressive courage.

    Edgar CasteloEdgar CasteloСарын өмнө
  • just throwing this out there (like any peasant would have w/ him and a window) ... this guy was born rich. While under the Jonathan Swift system, born do anyone else, he would have been lunch. (Don't even start with me... I know it was satire)

    Eric KaufmanEric KaufmanСарын өмнө
  • Inspirational, humbling story of not letting the impossible stand in your way! Kavanaugh was lucky to be born into a family with wealth and influence. Had he been born poor in Ireland in the early 19th century, we would probably not have survived But still. it makes you think of yourself as rich and remarkable for having arns and legs. If Kavanaugh could do all that, with no arms and no legs - then you or I can do whatever we set our minds to! No matter what stands in our way. Thanks for a remarkable and uplifting story, Lance. A tale about a little, but great man. It is as Napoleon said: "You don't have to be big man to make a big difference!"

    robynnrobynnСарын өмнө
  • Could he have done more having arms and legs?

    Ken MartinKen MartinСарын өмнө
  • I seriously doubt I could have done anything if I was born like that. He is an amazing example of doing all that you can with what you have.

    JohnJohnСарын өмнө
  • This should be a movie about his great life.

    Johnny SSJohnny SSСарын өмнө
  • He definitely turned his test into a testament.

    D.B. AllenD.B. AllenСарын өмнө
  • Damn, I love the way you tell a story... and every day! Bravo..!

    Harry ParmleyHarry ParmleyСарын өмнө
  • #thehistoryguy I don't buy this story.

    La BergeLa BergeСарын өмнө
  • This is only somewhat remarkable to myself in that I witnessed a similarly handicapped person in the town of Billings Montana working in an auto salvage yard. This young man had legs and feet however, his upper extremities deformed only. This young man helped me remove the intake and exhaust manifolds of an engine with remarkable nimbleness given that his arms were 1/2 the length of a normal man. This experience left me with the distinct impression that a person should never be judged based on their exterior. The old adage of not judging a book by its cover came to mind.

    lukelaughlin52lukelaughlin52Сарын өмнө
  • A great story. He deserves to be remembered.

    Lewis TaishoffLewis TaishoffСарын өмнө
  • I used to complain about having no shoes, until I met the man with no feet.

    Noel ThorleyNoel ThorleyСарын өмнө
  • My mistake Borris is in Carlow

    Daniel KavanaughDaniel KavanaughСарын өмнө
  • Hi I know a lot about Arthur as he is a distant cousin of mine. I've been to his home many times. It is now currently a marriage destination. In the town of Borris in Wexford county

    Daniel KavanaughDaniel KavanaughСарын өмнө
  • At the very least, one of the best of so many great videos! Remembering Arthur McMurrough Kavanagh will help all of us who has ever thought that the deck has been stacked against us.

    Oldgundog470Oldgundog470Сарын өмнө
  • This is the World's Most Interesting Man.

    Carl BrownCarl BrownСарын өмнө
  • Remarkable men can come in the most interesting varities. Again, I think that an episode on the history of roller coasters, if not done already, could be very interesting, particularly the early history.

    TheHylianBatmanTheHylianBatmanСарын өмнө
  • You can imagine how proudly my family maintain our belief we are descended from this remarkable man. Hard to prove though because it seems to be via one of his girlfriends in the village. What we are not so proud of is a certain Supreme Court judge whose forebears added a u to their name to stop people rhyming their name with Susanna. The history guy really knows his stuff, including pronunciation, and found a lot that I didn’t know despite being both a Kavanagh and a researcher but his titling software let him down with that spurious u alas. But what a photo THG found to prove how handsome Kavanagh he was in his youth - can I just point out that the Irish name Kevin (sadly a joke name here in England) means handsome and Kavanagh means “of Kevin”. I screenshot that photo but I’d love to know where it came from, so I could get the book on Abe.

    Cornelius KavanaghCornelius KavanaghСарын өмнө
  • Died of consumption? Alcohol?

    Craig ClemensCraig ClemensСарын өмнө
    • Consumption is an old name for tuberculosis. I am unaware of any connection between tuberculosis and alcohold, but I'm ready to be enlightened.

      LizJLizJСарын өмнө
  • Interesting story that would not have been known without your particular and peculiar, in the best sense, level of interest. Thank you.

    A. CheeseA. CheeseСарын өмнө
  • Amazing!

    James Alan Stephen SmithJames Alan Stephen SmithСарын өмнө