This Day the 17th of April in Irish History.
In the year: 1656
William Molyneux, statesman, philosopher and scientist, is born in Dublin
In the year: 2003
Sunset in Belfast port marks an historic occasion as the Tricolour and the Royal Navy’s White Ensign are lowered together. The Irish Naval Service’s LE Eithne and Britain’s HMS Tyne both exchange personnel for the ceremonial event as both fishery patrol vessels berth side-by-side at Queen’s Quay in the heart of the northern capital. The five-day Belfast engagement for the LE Eithne marks the first-ever visit to a Six Counties’ port by an Irish navy boat.
In the year: 1998
The Black Pearl, Paul McGrath, decides to end a lengthy and honour-strewn career in football
In the year: 1172
Henry II returns to Britain on this date, having granted a charter to Dublin - the first granted to an Irish town
In the year: 1984
Death of lyricist and songwriter Jimmy Kennedy from Omagh; his songs include The Teddy Bears’ Picnic and Red Sails In The Sunset