Playwright Sean O’Casey- The Manchester Martyrs – Irish Governor of NSW

September 18: TODAY in Irish History:

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Sean o’Casey Irish Playwright

Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks 

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1830: Sir Frederick Matthew Darley: Lieutenant Governor of New South Wales.

Sir Frederick Matthew Darley is born in Co. Wicklow to an eminent Irish legal family.  He was called to the Bar at the King’s Inn in 1853.

Although he had a relatively successful career, he opted to emigrate to Australia in 1862 where he would go on to become the sixth Chief Justice of New South Wales, an eminent barrister, a member of the New South Wales Parliament, a Lieutenant Governor of New South Wales, and a member of the British Privy Council.

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Frederick Darley 1830-1910

READ: Biography of Sir Frederick Mathew Darley

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1867: The Escape that Sparked the Manchester Martyrs

In Manchester, two Fenians – Thomas Kelly and Timothy Deasy escape from police custody following a well planned ambush by colleagues. During the escape Manchester police Sergeant Brett is killed. The attack would result in the execution of three Fenians – William Philip Allen, Michael Larkin, and Michael O’Brien who would become known as the Manchester Martyrs in Irish folklore.

Their exploits and execution inspired Irish nationalist T.D. Sullivan to write God Save Ireland, a song that every God fearing young schoolboy had beaten into him by the Christian Brothers through much of the twentieth century.

The Dubliners sing God Save Ireland

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Death of Playwright SEAN O’CASEY

1964: Sean O’Casey Irish playwright and author of wonderful works like The Shadow of a Gunman, Juno and the Paycock and The Plough and the Stars dies in England where he had lived for many years.

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Sean O’Casey 1889-1964

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At a young age, O’Casey became active in the Dublin labor movement and was a strong supporter of Big Jim Larkin. He also joined the Irish Citizen Army for a period of time, but did not take part in the 1916 Rising.

Much of his writing is about the slums and poverty of Dublin which by any standards was appalling in the early twentieth century. The Abbey Theatre produced his first play The Shadow of a Gunman in 1923 and the following year Juno and the Paycock. His production of The Plough and the Stars resulted in riots by Abbey patrons who thought the play denigrated Irish heroes.

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READ: New York Times Obituary of Sean O’Casey

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