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This Day the 10th of October in Irish History.

In the year: 1790
Birth in Co. Tipperary of Fr. Theobald Matthew, “The Apostle of Temperance” and campaigner against alcohol

In the year: 1865
Magee College is opened as a combined arts and Presbyterian theological college in Derry/Londonderry

In the year: 2000
Taooiseach Bertie Ahern and British Prime Minister, Tony Blair signal the start of a concerted attempt to rescue the faltering Northern Ireland peace process

In the year: 1990
RTÉ reports on the closure of Phoenix Park Racecourse

In the year: 1998
THE IRA and Sinn Féin embark on a series of secret talks with Protestant churchmen and community leaders in a bid to prevent the peace process and the new Northern Ireland Assembly foundering

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