08 November-Margaret Mitchell

Margaret Mitchell was a journalist and author who was a native of America. She is best known as the author of the bestselling 1936 novel ‘Gone With the Wind’. It was the only novel written by Mitchell to be published during her lifetime. In 1939 the novel was adapted into a film of the same name. The film won ten Academy Awards

Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1900. She was of Irish and Scottish ancestry. Following her education she began working as a journalist with the Atlanta Journal Sunday magazine in 1922. Having suffered an ankle injury in 1926 she quit her job at the magazine. She began writing ‘Gone With the Wind’ whilst recovering from her injury.

‘Gone With the Wind’ made Mitchell an instant celebrity. She was awarded the National Book Award in 1936 and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction on May 3rd 1937. The award winning film based on the novel was released in 1939. ‘Gone With the Wind’ has been translated into 27 languages and more than 30 million copies have been sold worldwide.

Margaret Mitchell who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her novel ‘Gone With the Wind’ was born in the year 1900 On This Day.

Margaret Mitchell photo

Margaret Mitchell

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25 May-Hunt Museum

The Hunt Museum is located in Limerick City, Ireland. The museum was founded by John and Gertrude Hunt to house their internationally important collection of art and antiquities. It also exhibits the work of local, national and international artists and promotes education and cultural activities.

John Hunt and his wife Gertrude were antique dealers and collectors of art and antiquities. During their lifetime they built up a collection of approximately 2,000 works of art and antiquities. In 1974 the Hunt Museum Trust was established and the collection was displayed at Craggaunowen near Limerick City. In 1978 the Hunt Museum moved to what is now the University of Limerick. The Hunt Museum moved to its permanent home in the Customs House in Limerick city in 1997.

John Hunt, who with his wife Gertrude established the Hunt Museum in Limerick City, was born in the year 1900 On This Day.



Letter fron the Hunt Museum to the School




08 March-Woodstock Estate

Woodstock Estate is located close to the village of Inistioge in Co Kilkenny, Ireland. The estate was home to generations of the Tige family. The last member of the Tighe family to reside at Woodstock House was Lady Louisa Tighe. She died in 1900.

The Duke of Wellington was the godfather of Louisa Tighe. At the age of twelve she was present at a ball held in Brussels on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo. She helped her godfather buckle on his sword prior to the Battle. Lady Louisa married William Frederick Fownes Tighe in 1825. She was deeply involved in local welfare in Inistioge for the rest of her life.

Woodstock house was burned down by the Anti-Treaty republicans in 1922 and is now a ruin. Woodstock Gardens were gifted to Kilkenny County Council by the Tighe family in 2000. Kilkenny County Council have restored the gardens. They are now open to the public and are a major tourist attraction. The rest of the property was leased to Coillte and is now planted as forest.

Lady Louisa Tighe of Woodstock Estate died in the year 1900 On This Day.




30 November-Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde was a playwright, novelist, and poet who was a native of Dublin, Ireland. As a writer he is best known for his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray and his play The Importance of Being Earnest. Apart from his writing, his wit and lifestyle made Wilde one of the best known personalities of his time.

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 and at Trinity College Dublin. Following graduation from Trinity, Wilde was awarded a scholarship for further study at Magdalen College in Oxford.

Having completed his studies at Oxford in 1878, Wilde moved to London where he began writing poetry. In 1882 he travelled to North America where he spent almost a year on a lecture tour. He spent the following year on the lecture circuit in Ireland and England before taking up a post as editor of a woman’s magazine.

During his time as editor Wilde began writing what would be his most famous works. By 1890 he was one of the most successful playwrights of his time. In February 1895 the Marquis of Queensbury accused Wilde of being a sodomite. Wilde sued him for slander but lost. In the trial which followed Wilde was found guilty of gross indecency and sentenced in May 1895 to two years of 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.

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Oscar Wilde’s grave, Paris by dblackadder on 2005-03-31 07:42:48


30 September-Cumann na nGaedheal

The Irish political party Cumann na nGaedheal (Society of the Gaels) was founded by the politician and writer Arthur Griffith in September 1900. Griffith founded the party to bring together the various nationalist groups which existed in Ireland at that time. In 1933 Cumann na nGaedheal merged with other groups to form the political party which is today known as Fine Gael (Family of the Irish).

Griffith played a leading role in the achievement of Irish independence. Through his writing he was influential in developing many of the ideas behind the movement which eventually led to the break with Britain. He was opposed to violence and was an advocate of peaceful means as the way to achieve Home Rule. As editor of the United Irishman he encouraged the idea of self-government for Ireland. One his ideas was for Irish independence under a dual monarchy.

Following the War of Independence, Griffith was selected to lead the ‘envoys plenipotentiary from the elected government of the Republic of Ireland’ in negotiating the Anglo-Irish Treaty 1921. The Treaty established Ireland as a self-governing Free State and was ratified by 64 votes to 57 by Dáil Eireann on January 7th 1922. When those opposed to the Treaty lost the vote, they walked out of parliament led by Éamon de Valera. Arthur Griffith died during the Civil War which followed. The civil war ended in victory for the supporters of the Treaty on May 24th 1923.

Cumann na nGaedheal (Society of the Gaels) was founded by Arthur Griffith in the year 1900 On This Day.

February 11, 1932 by National Library of Ireland on The Commons on 1932-01-01 00:00:00

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