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William Wilde was one of the most charismatic figures in Victorian Dublin packing ten lifetimes into one. Not only was he an Eye and Ear Surgeon of international repute but also one of the greatest polymaths of the nineteenth century.
He founded St Marks Ophthalmic Hospital and he was also knighted for his demographic work on the censuses of 1841 to1871. The Royal Irish Academy awarded him the Cunningham Gold Medal for compiling their Catalogue of Antiquities. His many books on folklore and topography were best sellers.
Prior to marrying Jane Elgee, better known by her pseudonym ‘Speranza’ he fathered three illegitimate children. One of them Henry Wilson (Will’s son) succeeded him as senior surgeon at St Marks. William Wilde’s memory has to a large extent been overshadowed by that of Oscar, but he should be regarded as one of outstanding geniuses of Victorian Dublin.
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Irish World Heritage Centre
We have just moved into a new, stunning, purpose built premises. The Irish World Heritage Centre, however, has been in operation since 1984 and was officially opened by Peter Barry, then Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the 2nd November 1986.
Over the last twenty five years the Irish World Heritage Centre has become the regional hub for the Irish community in the Northwest of England with a regular programme of cultural activities such as music, dance, language tuition and creative writing.
The Irish World Heritage Centre's cultural development workers coordinate and deliver a strong outreach and education programme, active participation in local community festivals and other cultural events.
More than twenty local schools enjoy a close working relationship with the centre and cultural and educational activities are provided both at the centre and in schools.