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This Day the 24th of March in Irish History.

In the year: 1995
For the first time in 25 years, Britain halts all routine army patrols in Belfast

In the year: 1866
Birth in Co. Cork of light-heavyweight boxing champion, Jack McAuliffe

In the year: 1945
Birth of actor Patrick Malahide; born Patrick G. Duggan, to Irish parents living in England

In the year: 1953
Queen Mary dies at 86

In the year: 1998
The Prison Service in Northern Ireland confirms that five Loyalist Volunteer Force prisoners are now on hunger strike at the Maze jail to protest a security crackdown following the savage murder of loyalist remand prisoner David Keys

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