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This Day the 23rd of April in Irish History.

In the year: 1998
The Government's package of measures designed to dampen down rocketing house prices — particularly in the Dublin area — draws mixed reaction

In the year: 2003
Key questions to the IRA posed by British Prime Minister Tony Blair spark an angry reaction from Sinn Féin but are supported by the Government. According to Mr Blair, the deadlock in the Northern Ireland peace process is down to uncertainty over the IRA’s future intentions.

In the year: 1014
The Dublin Norse and the king of Leinster, with Viking allies from overseas, are defeated by Brian Boru's army at Clontarf. Brian, now an old man, is killed. This thwarts the potential domination of Ireland by the Norse, but they are well established in the coastal towns, and will continue to have a major influence. Máel Sechnaill succeeds Brian as high king

In the year: 1947
Birth of Bernadette Devlin McAliskey in Cookstown, Co. Tyrone; she is the youngest MP ever to be elected to Parliament

In the year: 1927
Shamrock Rovers player Bob Fulham scores Ireland’s first international goal, against Italy

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