30 November-Oscar Wilde

Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was born at 21 Westland Row, Dublin on October 16, 1854. He was educated at Portora Royal School at Enniskillen, Trinity College Dublin and Magdalen College in Oxford. He is best known for the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray and the play The Importance of Being Earnest. The Marquis of Queensbury accused Wilde of being a sodomite and Wilde sued him for slander but lost. Following the trial Wilde was found guilty of gross indecency and sentenced in May 1895 to two years imprisonment. On being released he moved to France. Oscar Wilde died in Paris at the age of 46 in the year 1900 On This Day

Oscar Wilde photo


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Oscar Wilde photo

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26 November-Ireland’s Own

Ireland’s Own is the longest running and bestselling family magazine in Ireland. Published weekly in Wexford town it has a circulation of over 50,000 in Ireland and abroad. Non glossy, old-fashioned and non-political it provides entertainment and information for all the family. Every week it has regular features, short stories, articles on history and a section for children. The first edition of Ireland’s Own was published in Wexford in the year 1902 On This Day

Wexford photo


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25 November-Barrow Canal

The River Barrow rises in the Slieve Bloom mountains in Co Laois flow south through Carlow and enters the sea at Waterford Harbour. 192km long it is the second longest river in Ireland. In the 18th century the Barrow was made navigable when 23 locks and short sections of canal were constructed along its course from Athy in Co Kildare to St Mullins in the south of Co Carlow. As a result the Barrow became an important transport and commercial route from the 1790’s to 1959. Although the canal system is closed to commercial traffic it is open to navigation by pleasure craft and is maintained by Waterways Ireland. The letter announcing the closure of the Barrow Canal to commercial traffic was issued by CIE in the year 1959 On This Day

River Barrow Carlow photo


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20 November-Franco

The Spanish Civil War which lasted from 1936 to 1939 led to the overthrow of the elected government by the fascist forces led by General Franco. Irish volunteers fought on both sides during the war. 320 Irish men fought with the International Brigade in support of government forces. Over 600 Irish men fought on the side of General Franco. Franco was victorious in a war that saw an estimated half a million people killed. He established an autocratic dictatorship and ruled Spain for the next 35 years. General Francisco died in the year 1975 On This Day

Guernica photo


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