Today in Irish History: Curated by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks
1916: The Battle of Mount Street Bridge. Easter Rising Day 3
Some of the bloodiest fighting of the Easter 1916 rising commences on this day in the Battle of Mount Street Bridge. An inexperienced British regiment, the Sherwood Foresters are involved in combat with a seventeen Irish rebels under the command of Lieutenant Mick Malone who would die in the battle. Over two days, the British troops engaged in a number of full frontal assaults against a well entrenched group of rebels.
The fighting at Mount Street resulted in almost two thirds of British casualties in Easter week. A total of four officers and 216 other ranks were killed or wounded during the engagement.
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Other events on this day in Irish History
1784: Nano Nagle founder of the Presentation sisters dies on this day. Nagle was fortunate enough to be from a relatively well to do Catholic family who sent her to France to be educated. Most Catholic peasantry literally received no education due to the Penal Laws.
Risking official sanction, she opened her first school in Cork in 1854 and formally founded the Sisters of the Presentation in 1775.
1895: The first criminal trial for homosexuality against Oscar Wilde opens in London. The jury would fail to reach a verdict but a second trial the following month would find Wilde guilty.
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