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February 3,

Escape of Eamonn De Valera. Lady Jane Speranza. Val Doonican

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1896: Lady Jane Wilde (Speranza), mother of Oscar Wilde dies in London. At the time, Oscar was incarcerated in Wandsworth Prison, serving two year of hard labor for “gross indecency” – homosexuality. Despite her dying wish, she was not allowed see him.

Lady Jane Wilde

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1919: Eamonn De Valera escapes from Lincoln Jail. He returned to Ireland and was elected President of the new Dail before he traveled to the United States to seek financial support for the Irish cause. He would return to Ireland in 1920, ultimately leading the anti-Treaty movement in 1922 precipitating a devastating civil war.

See NY Times article: Irish Girls Aided De Valera’s Escape.

1927: Crooner Val Doonican is born in Waterford. Doonican was a hugely popular performer in Ireland and UK in 60s and 70s during which time he had five successive albums in the UK Top Ten spending more than 160 combined weeks in the charts.

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