Napoleon’s Irish Physician – The Battle of Aughrim – Douglas Hyde at Today in Irish History

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Douglas Hyde, Scholar and Statesman

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1691: The Battle of Aughrim

Irish and Jacobite forces are defeated by the Protestant army of William of Orange at the Battle of Aughrim (Co.Galway). It is a crucial battle that helps secure English tenure over Ireland.

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1836: Napoleon’s Irish Physician

Death of Dr. Barry Edward O’Meara, physician to Napoleon.

O’Meara, was born in Ireland in 1770, educated at Trinity College, and at an early age appointed Assistant-Surgeon to the 62nd Regiment serving in Sicily and Egypt. He was serving in the Bellerophon, when Napoleon surrendered , on the 14th July 1815, following his defeat at Waterloo.

Napoleon struck up a good relationship with O’Meara who spoke French and Italian and requested that the Irishman be his personal physician on St. Helena.

In 1822 he published Napoleon in exile; or, A voice from St. Helena. The opinions and reflections of Napoleon on the most important events of his life and government in his own words where he detailed his experiences. In the preface, O’Meara writes:

“The reader will see in the very outset of the work, how it was that I became attached as a medical officer to the household of Napoleon…. my necessary professional intercourse was soon increased into an intimacy, if I may speak of intimacy with such a personage. In fact, in the seclusion of Longwood, he soon almost entirely laid aside the emperor; with those about him, he conversed familarly on his past life, and sketched the characters, and detailed the anecdotes which are here presented faithfully to the reader. The unreserved manner in which he spoke of every thing can only be conceived by those who heard him; and though where his own conduct was questioned, he had a natural human leaning towards himself, still truth appeared to be his principal, if not his only object. In the delineation of character he was peculiarly felicitous.”

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READ: Napoleon in exile by Dr. Barry Edward O’Meara

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1949: Death of Douglas Hyde, First President of Ireland

Death of Douglas Hyde, first President of Ireland. Hyde was an ardent supporter of the Irish language and was one of the founders of the Gaelic League in 1893, an organization dedicated to the preservation of Irish culture and language, something which had been decimated during the previous two hundred years.

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Douglas Hyde First President of Ireland
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Douglas Hyde following his inauguration

Hyde was an ardent supporter of the Irish language and was one of the founders of the Gaelic League in 1893, an organization dedicated to the preservation of Irish culture and language, something which had been decimated during the previous two hundred years. TheJournal.ie has a wonderful set of images of Hyde’s Inauguration.

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