Aaah! First Guiness Exports – Oscar Wilde Prison Release at Today in Irish HIstory

May 19: TODAY in Irish History:

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Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks 

Conor is a Chicago based Motivational Humorous Business Speaker, Author and History buff.




1769: The First Guinness Exports!

Just ten years after Guinness is first brewed in St. James Gate, Dublin, the beautiful magic brew is first exported from Ireland. Six and a half barrels left for England. The rest is history!

The Guinness Brand Experience


Guinness Limeric .

Above is page from For the Love of Being Irish – An A-Z of Irish History by Conor Cunneen. Illustrations by Mark Anderson




1897: Oscar Wilde Released from Jail

A heart broken, physically broken Oscar Wilde is released from prison after two years of hard labor. His experiences in prison were the basis for his poignant work, The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898).


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Illustration of Wilde in For the Love of Being Irish: An A-Z of Irish History

Following his release, Wilde fled to Paris and began writing again. He died of acute meningitis just three years after his release age 46, virtually destitute. Wilde converted to Catholicism on his deathbed.

His gravestone bears lines from The Ballad of Reading Gaol.

And alien tears will fill for him,

Pity’s long-broken urn,

For his mourners will be outcast men,

And outcasts always mourn.


Wilde’s Last Days




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This history is written by Irish author, business keynote speaker and award winning humorist IrishmanSpeaks – Conor Cunneen. If you spot any inaccuracies or wish to make a comment, please don’t hesitate to contact us via the comment button.

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