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This Day the 24th of October in Irish History.

In the year: 1990
The IRA kills 6 soldiers and a civilian in bomb attacks at Derry and Newry

In the year: 1642
Irish Confederate rebels establish government at Kilkenny

In the year: 1789
Work begins on the construction of the Royal Canal

In the year: 1854
Birth of Sir Horace Plunkett, agricultural reformer and politician

In the year: 1999
Westlife become the first boy band to score number ones with their first three singles; and, as their song Flying Without Wings hits the top, they beome only the third act ever to see all of their first three releases go straight into the charts at number one

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