February 25: TODAY in Irish History (by IrishmanSpeaks)
1570: Elizabeth I, Queen of England and Ireland is excommunicated by Pope Pius V because of her treatment of Catholics. Daughter of Henry VIII and his second wife Anne Boleyn, the “Virgin Queen” was no friend of Ireland which she referred to as a “rude and barbarous nation” – a nation that admittedly plotted with Spain against her and her English rule. Irish leaders such as Garret Fitzgerald and Hugh O’Neill took part in a Nine Years War against English reign between 1594 and 1603.
1852: Poet and songwriter Thomas Moore dies at age of 72. Born in Dublin, Moore wrote some of Ireland’s finest melodies including The Minstrel Boy: She is far from the Land: Believe me, if all those endearing young charms and literally hundreds of others.
Moore was also an accomplished satirist and poet who in Enigma wrote about the growing public debt….. (even back then!!!)
Come riddle-me-ree, come riddle-me-ree,
And tell me, what my name may be.
I am nearly one hundred and thirty years old,
And therefore no chicken, as you may suppose; –
Though a dwarf in my youth (as my nurses have told),
I have, ev’ry year since, been outgrowing my clothes;
Till, at last, such a corpulent giant I stand,
That if folks were to furnish me now with a suit,
It would take ev’ry morsel of scrip in the land
But to measure my bulk from the head to the foot.
1991: UK Director of Public Prosecution, Alan Green, announces that the convictions convictions of the Birmingham Six can no longer be considered safe and satisfactory.
In one of the great miscarriages of justice in British legal history, Hugh Callaghan, Patrick Hill, Gerard Hunter, Richard McIlkenny, William Power and John Walker were all jailed in 1975 for IRA attacks on two pubs in Birmingham in November 1974 which killed 21 people. Their convictions would finally be quashed by the Court of Appeal on March 19 and the men would walk free for the first time in 17 years.
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