1889 – Captain William O’Shea files for divorce, citing Parnell as his wife Kitty’s lover.

Captain William O’Shea files for divorce, citing Parnell as his wife Kitty’s lover, thus causing moral outrage and the subsequent loss of Parnell’s political power.

Captain O’Shea files a petition for divorce on the ground of Charles Stewart Parnell’s adultery with his wife. A divorce was granted, and Parnell married Mrs. O’Shea. The divorce action and resulting scandal destroyed Parnell’s reputation and effectively forced him out of politics. O’Shea’s marriage to wife Kitty had been in name only for many years. It was public (though not publicised) knowledge that Parnell and Kitty O’Shea were lovers. She bore three of his children.

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