Death of Captain William O’Shea. Easter Rising Delayed.

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1905: Death of Captain William O’Shea. O’Shea’s divorce action from wife Kitty O’Shea which named one time friend  Charles Stuart Parnell as co-respondent signalled the demise of Parnell’s career. O’Shea was MP for Clare and was a captain in the 18th Hussars.


Captain William O’Shea 1840-1905


O’Shea’s marriage to wife Kitty had been in name only for many years before he filed for divorce in 1889. No one benefited from the divorce. Parnell’s career was in ruins as Catholic Ireland and Victoria England reacted in horror to the public outing of his relationship. (Much of London society was aware of their love for each other.) Just a few months after the divorce was finalized, a desperately ill Parnell married Kitty O’Shea. He only lived for another four months dying aged 45 in Brighton on October 6, 1891 with his wife beside him.

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1916: The Easter Rising planned for April 22 (Easter Saturday) is postponed for two days. The capture of Roger Casement and the scuttling of the Aud which was transporting an estimated 20,000 rifles were some of the reasons for the delay.

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