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This Day the 27th of August in Irish History.


In the year: 1798
Humbert appears outside Castlebar. The Government forces are deployed to cover the direct route and Humbert unexpectedly appears on their flank. Humbert attacks. French advance causes Militia to run. Government defence collapses and Humbert takes the town. Cornwallis reaches Tullamore. Rebels assemble on Rebel hill, near Baileborough, Co Cavan

In the year: 1999
On their first official overseas visit, Prince Edward and his new bride Sophie Rhys Jones arrive at Dublin Castle for the opening of the Millennium Gold Encounter. A total of 77 young people from 25 countries who have won their nation’s equivalent of the Gaisce award will attend the conference. Prince Edward is the chairperson the International Awards Association

In the year: 1979
Assassination of Lord Louis Mountbatten off the coast of Co. Sligo

In the year: 1908
Birth of Niall Ó Dónaill, Irish-language scholar and lexicographer, in the Rosses, Co. Donegal

In the year: 1870
The Oceanic, a liner built in Belfast by Harland and Wolff for the White Star Line, is launched

 
 
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