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 On This Day 17th August in Irish History

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PostSubject: On This Day 17th August in Irish History   Sun Aug 17, 2008 11:54 am

1808- Sir Arthur Wellesley commande dthe British and Portuguese armies in the first battle of the Peninsular War, the battle of Rolica. A win for the future Duke.

1922- The RIC was disbanded to be replaced by the Garda Síochána.


1878- Oliver St. John Gogarty, writer and doctor, was born. He was the model for the ‘stately, plump Buck Mulligan’ in Joyce’s "Ulysses".

Politics is the chloroform of the Irish people, or rather the hashish.

1920- Maureen FitzSimons was born in Ranelagh. She became famous as Maureen O’Hara.


1896- Bridget Driscoll became the first official car accident fatality when she was struck by a cab in London.
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