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February 11,

Riots at Sean O’Casey Play. Oscar Wilde’s Salomé opens.

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1896: Oscar Wilde languishes in Jail as his play Salomé opens in Paris at Théâtre de l’Oeuvre.

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1923: The IRA murder the elderly father of Justice Minister Kevin O’Higgins. Higgins had taken a hard line against the anti-Treaty rebels including sanctioning the execution of Rory O’Connor, the best man at his wedding. Higgins himself would be assassinated by the IRA in 1927.

1926: Audiences riot in Dublin during Sean O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars. The riots were a protest partly against the sexual undertones, but also because the pacifist O’Casey was deemed to be criticizing the 1916 rising. An angry William Butler Yeats speaking of the audience said “You have disgraced yourselves again.”

1936: The Ballycotton lifeboat Mary Stanford returns to its home port in East Cork following probably the most famous sea rescue in Irish maritime history. Ballycotton fisherman Patrick Sliney was Coxswain of the life boat which spent over 60 hours at sea, in a successful attempt to save six men from the lightship that guarded the Daunt rock. The Royal National Lifeboat Institute website states:

“A Gold Medal was awarded to Coxswain Patrick Sliney, Silver Medals to Second Coxswain John Lane Walsh and Motor Mechanic Thomas Sliney, and Bronze Medals to Crew Members Michael Coffey Walsh, John Shea Sliney, William Sliney and Thomas Walsh for the service on 11 February when the Daunt Rock lightship broke away from her moorings. The seas were so mountainous that spray was flying over the lantern of the lighthouse 196ft high. The lifeboat was away from the station for 79 hours and at sea for 49 hours; the crew had no food for 25 hours and they only had three hours sleep. The eight crew were rescued after the lifeboat went alongside the vessel more than a dozen times. This was one of the most exhausting and gallant services in the history of the RNLI.”

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January 28,

Death of William Butler Yeats. Sinn Support of Northern Ireland Police


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1807: Sir Robert John Le Mesurier McClure, arctic explorer is born in Wexford. In 1850 he was commander of Investigator in Arctic expedition via the Bering Strait. He is credited as being the first to navigate the famed Northwest Passage, the  sea route that connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, which is frozen for most of the year.

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Photograph of Sir Robert McClure presented to Queen Victoria in 1854

1939: William Butler Yeats left this world on this day at the age of 73.

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william butler yeats 1865-1939

Yeats was born in Dublin, the son of painter John Butler Yeats, he spent much of his childhood in County Sligo which was a huge source of inspiration for him, not least the beautiful Lake Isle of Inisfree. YouTube has the following  radio recording of Yeats presenting this great poem and explaining how he came up with idea for Inisfree.

Yeats was a major player in the Celtic Revival which endevored (successfully) to raise awareness of the culture of Ireland, much of which had been decimated by English rule. His personal and political life was as interesting as his poetry. The love of his life Irish revolutionary Maud Gonne, rebuked his marriage proposals on a number of occasions although they were lovers.

Yeats is buried in Drumcliff, County Sligo.

2007:At a [arty Ard-Fheis (general meeting) in Dublin, Sinn Fein members vote to support the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) for the first time in the party’s history. Speaking after the vote, Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams described the vote correctly as “truly historic.”

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