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PostSubject: On This Day 8th August in Irish History   Fri Aug 08, 2008 7:46 pm

1647- That perennial pest Col Michael Jones was back in action again. This time he defeated our lads at the Battle of Dungan’s Hill in Co. Meath. The sides were evenly matched in numbers but the Confederate leadership was woeful in the shape of Thomas Preston. He deployed his cavalry along a narrow track where they were swiftly routed and abandoned the infantry to their fate. Formed in squares, the infantry were invulnerable to cavalry until they broke in an effort to withdraw. The Parliamentarian Cavalry got among them and slaughtered approximately 3,000 Leinstermen.

1980- The Central Hotel in Bundoran, Co. Donegal burned down killing 10 people. The fire was blamed on an electrical fault.

Births

1694- Francis Hutcheson, philosopher, born in Co. Down.

1961- David Evans was born in London. Better known as U2 guitarist, The Edge.

1978- Alan Maybury, footballer, born in Dublin.

Deaths


1981-Thomas McElwee died on hunger strike in the Maze prison.
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