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The GPO on O'Connell Street, site of the 1916 Easter Rising
Dublin (Irish: Baile Átha Cliath) is the capital of Ireland. As such it was part of the United Kingdom until 1922. For a time in the 18th century it was the second largest city in the British Empire.

Trinity College Dublin, where Oscar Wilde was educated, was founded in 1592. It was for many years closed to Roman Catholics. The Catholic University of Ireland (now University College Dublin) was founded in 1854 with John Henry Newman as its first Rector.

In general this article will only deal with matters up to 1922.

LGBT history

In 1640 John Atherton was executed for sodomy in St Stephen's Green.

Oscar Wilde was born in 1854 at 21 Westland Row. The house is now part of the Oscar Wilde Centre, Trinity College, and is being restored and furnished in the 1850s style.[1]

In 1884 a network of homosexual activity was revealed and a number of men prosecuted as part of the Dublin Castle Scandal [2].

There was a Dublin CHE Group in the 1970s.


  1. http://www.tcd.ie/OWC/history/westland.php
  2. The Dublin Castle homosexual scandal of 1884 is a complex story. It involves more than a dozen characters that were introduced over a series of separate criminal trials. All sections of society were involved. The upper echelons of serving police detectives, eminent civil servants and British Army captains. Aspirational middle-class bank clerks and Trinity college graduates. Taken from https://comeheretome.com/2018/11/16/the-dublin-castle-scandal-1884-and-the-unspeakable-crime/