1971 Section 31 of the Broadcasting Act(1960) was invoked to prevent RTÉfrom reporting on the activities of illegal organisations. 1949 Mao Tse Tung proclaimed the birth of the People’s Republic […]

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1819 Ellen Hanley (15), the celebrated ‘Colleen Bawn’, was murdered on the River Shannon by Stephen Sullivan, servant of her alleged husband, John Scanlan.

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1819 Sir Francis Leopold McClintock, explorer who confirmed the deaths of Sir John Franklin and his crew of 129 in an attempt to chart and navigate the Northwest Passage (1845), born […]

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1871 James Craig, Unionist politician and first prime minister of Northern Ireland, born in Sydenham, Belfast, the son of a wealthy whiskey distiller. 1979 An explosion on Whiddy Island, Bantry […]

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1970 Arlene Foster, leader of the DUP since 2015 and First Minister of Northern Ireland since January of this year, born in Enniskillen, Co.  Fermanagh. 03–05 1970 During a 34-hour […]

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