January 17

Published in On this Day listing

  • 1971 Official Sinn Féin voted to end their abstentionist policy from Dáil Éireann, Stormont and Westminster.
  • 1820 Anne Brontë, novelist, the youngest of the literary sisters, author notably of Agnes Grey (1847) and The tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848), born in Thornton, Yorkshire.
  • 1992 Eight workers were killed when the IRA detonated a 500lb roadside bomb as a bus carrying employees of a construction company engaged in work at British army and RUC bases drove past at Teebane, between Cookstown and Omagh, Co. Tyrone.
  • 1992 The IRA detonated a 500lb roadside bomb at Teebane Cross, between Cookstown and Omagh, Co. Tyrone, as a bus carrying workers from Karl Construction drove past. Eight workers were killed. The firm was engaged in work for the security forces.
  • 1866 George Petrie, antiquarian, scholar and collector of traditional music, died.
  • 1861 Lola Montez (stage name of Irish-born Marie Delores Eliza Rosanna Gilbert), dancer and femme de scandale, died in New York.
  • 1860 Douglas Hyde, scholar, co-founder of the Gaelic League (1893) and first president of Ireland (1938–45), was born in Castlerea, Co. Roscommon, the son of Revd Arthur Hyde, rector of Tibohine, Frenchpark.
  • 1964 The Campaign for Social Justice (CSJ) was founded in Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, by Patricia McCluskey and her husband Dr Conn McCluskey for ‘the purpose of bringing the light of publicity to bear on the discrimination which exists in our community against the Catholic section of that community representing more than one-third of the total population’.

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