|I even thought I was in Washington D. C. for a minute...|
Wolf Tone said they were close enough to throw a biscuit onto the Irish shore, but the French invasion was forced to turn back, and the British breathed a sigh of relief. That was a close miss.
But just a few years later, the spirit Wolf Tone had awakened in the Irishmen stirred, and the 1798 rebellion was sparked. To try to aid this, Wolf Tone once again sailed to Ireland with a small force of French troops, but the mission ended in disaster, and he was caught during a future rebellion and sentenced to death. But instead of being executed like a criminal, he attempted to take his own life with a letter opener, and slowly bled to death, just as his friends in the courts has successfully pleaded for his life.
Sorry for the tragic tale, I know I tell so many of them on here, but that truly is Ireland's history.