November 17

Published in On this Day listing

  • 2001 The GAA voted to abolish its controversial Rule 21, which had prevented members of the British Army and the PSNI from playing their games.
  • 2001 The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) dropped Rule 21, which barred members of the British security forces from participation in their games.
  • 1994 Taoiseach Albert Reynolds was forced to resign over the Brendan Smyth extradition case and the appointment of Harry Whelehan to the presidency of the High Court.
  • 1974 Erskine Hamilton Childers (68), president of the Republic of Ireland since 25 June 1973, died suddenly.
  • 1970 The bank strike in the Republic of Ireland, which began on 30 April, ended.
  • 1922 Four ‘Irregulars’, James Fisher, Peter Cassidy, John F. Gaffney and Richard Twohig, were executed at Kilmainham gaol, Dublin, the first of 77 Republicans executed by the Free State authorities during the Civil War (1922–3).
  • 1917 Auguste Rodin (77), French sculptor, notably of ‘The Kiss’ (1889) and ‘Le Penseur/The Thinker’ (1902), died.
  • 1922 The first executions of the Civil War took place in Kilmainham Jail under the terms of the Public Safety Act when four men, aged 18–22, were executed for possession of revolvers.

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