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This Day the 21st of February in Irish History.

In the year: 1822
Birth in Dublin of Richard Southwell Bourke, 6th Earl of Mayo; Viceroy and Governor-General of India

In the year: 2003
A rare political letter written by Michael Collins fetches a record price of €28,000 at an auction in James Adam showrooms on Dublin’s Stephen’s Green. Despite fierce bidding by the National Library, the letter is purchased by singer Enya’s manager Mickey Ryan who says he wants the letter to remain in Ireland.

In the year: 1922
The Garda Síochána na h-Eireann - Guardians of the Peace of Ireland - is founded

In the year: 2001
Ronnie Drew becomes one of the first non-sportsmen to receive a Posthouse Legend in Life award

In the year: 2001
The country's multi billion pound livestock industry is on full alert for signs of foot and mouth disease after the first outbreak in Britain for twenty years is confirmed in pigs

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