May 25: TODAY in Irish History:
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Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks
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The Rebellion continues with a number of bloody skirmishes throughout the country involving ill-trained, enthusiastic rebels fighting professional English soldiers. The “Battle of Carlow” sees an estimated 600 Irish rebels killed with only nominal English casualties. Atrocities are reported in Carnew, Co. Wexford and Dunlavin, Co Wicklow where over thirty rebels / civilians are executed in each location.
1895: Oscar Wilde Convicted
Oscar Wilde is convicted of gross indecency for homosexual acts or what Wilde believed was the “Love that dare not speak its name,” which the Irish playwright stated:
“is such a great affection of an elder for a younger man as there was between David and Jonathan, such as Plato made the very basis of his philosophy, and such as you find in the sonnets of Michelangelo and Shakespeare. It is that deep spiritual affection that is as pure as it is perfect. It dictates and pervades great works of art, like those of Shakespeare and Michelangelo, and those two letters of mine, such as they are. It is in this century misunderstood, so much misunderstood that it may be described as “the love that dare not speak its name,” and on that account of it I am placed where I am now. It is beautiful, it is fine, it is the noblest form of affection. There is nothing unnatural about it. It is intellectual, and it repeatedly exists between an older and a younger man, when the older man has intellect, and the younger man has all the joy, hope and glamour of life before him. That it should be so, the world does not understand. The world mocks at it, and sometimes puts one in the pillory for it.”
Wilde would be sentenced to two years hard labor in Pentonville and Wandsworth prisons emerging a broken man – physically and financially. He would die in Paris in 1900 aged 46.
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1914: Home Rule Bill Passed
The British House of Commons passes the third Home Rule Bill granting a form of self-government to Ireland. The bill passed with a majority of 77 votes but would never come into effect. Loyalist opposition delayed implementation of self-government and the onset of World War I forced further postponement.
By the time the war ended, Ireland had seen the 1916 Rising, the execution of its leaders. In December 1918, Sinn Fein would win 73 seats in the General Election and proclaim an Independent Irish Parliament.
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