Today in Irish History - 1798
Death of Irish patriot Wolfe Tone.
Wolfe Tone was sentenced to hanging as a convicted traitor to the British Crown for his involvement in the 1798 Rebellion. During his hearing he told the court "To unite Protestant, Catholic and Dissenter under the common name of Irishmen in order break the connection with England, that was my aim".
Knowing he faced execution, Tone requested "the court should adjudge me to die the death of a soldier, and that I may be shot". His request to be shot was denied. On 10 November 1798, he was found guilty and was sentenced to be hanged on 12 November. The day before his execution Tone slit his own throat. Another theory is that soldiers tortured and mortally wounded Tone. He died from his wounds eight days later on 19 November 1798 at the age of 35, in Provost's Prison, Dublin, not far from where he was born.
Wolfe Tone is buried in Bodenstown, Co. Kildare. His grave is in the care of the National Graves Association. A cast of Tone's death mask is open to public viewing in the vaults of St. Michan's Church, Dublin. Wolfe Tone was the inspiration for many subsequent Irish rebellions including the 1916 Easter Rising.