August 22

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  • 1998 The INLA announced a ceasefire, ending their 23-year campaign. During that time they killed over 140, many of whom were their own members.
  • 1997 Brendan Smyth (70), notorious priest, died in the Curragh Prison one month into a twelve-year prison sentence for child sexual abuse.
  • 1922 Michael Collins (31), commander-in-chief of pro-Treaty government forces, was kille2d in an ambush at Béal na mBláth, near Macroom, Co. Cork.
  • 1914 27,000 French soldiers were killed in a German counter-offensive—the deadliest day in the history of France.
  • 1802 George Thomas, mercenary soldier known as the ‘Rajah from Tipperary’, died at Bahrampur, having been deposed by Sikh forces assisted by the French.

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