Hugh Roe O'Donnell (An Ó Domhnaill)
After Kinsale the sovereignty of Ireland sailed to Galicia or "Gael land," to regroup and try again. They established an Irish College at Santiago de Compostela. O'Donnell was poisoned on-board a ship and died en route to ally with the King of Spain. He was one of countless Irish leaders that were physically assaulted or murdered in the pursuit of compliance and assistance in the cessation and usurpation of Irish nationhood.
Daniel O'Connell (The Liberator)
Among the greatest men of the 19th Century, O'Connell would be arrested sometime following his Monster Rally at Tara to Repeal the 1801 law which dissolved Dublin's ancient parliament and made Ireland a province of the UK. He was arrested, and spent three months in jail, where his health was compromised, as happened to Oscar Wilde who wrote about horrible prison conditions upon his release. O'Connell died of cerebral softening in Italy shortly after he left prison.
Charles Stewart Parnell (The Uncrowned King)
Lots of Irish scandals riveted England in the late 19th century. Parnell was felled by his second big one. The Piggott forgeries became the basis of a media sensation which he somehow weathered to his vindication. It was the Kitty O'Shea scandal that brought him to insurmountable ridicule, alieved only at the time of his sickness and death.
The stay of execution which would have saved Casement's life was impeded when excerpts from his "Black Diaries" were circulated by Reginald "Blinker" Hall, director of Naval Intelligence, who is known also to have distributed the forged Zinoviev letter in 1924. The humanitarian and critic of empire was finally silenced by hanging under a cloud of contempt; his body disposed in quicklime.
Frightened Irish politicians, suffering Stolkholm Syndrome and whatever else, signed away the punt for the euro, and later accepted responsibility on behalf of the Irish nation for enormous private bank debts. Ireland went from tiger to PIG in the press very quickly after that, setting the stage for hammering the final nail into the casket cradling Irish destiny.
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