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This Day the 28th of May in Irish History.


In the year: 2003
William Trevor wins the €10,000 Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award at Listowel Writers’ Week for his novel The Story of Lucy Gault.

In the year: 2000
A plaque to commemorate the first Irish meeting of the Orange Order is unveiled in Dublin - without a single member of the hardline Protestant group in attendance. The Dublin and Wicklow Lodge boycott the event on Dawson St in protest at its treatment over a march in the city, also planned for this date

In the year: 1974
General strike by Unionists brings down the Sunningdale power-sharing agreement and Northern Ireland is returned to direct rule

In the year: 1798
In the first Battle of Enniscorthy, the rebels take the town

In the year: 2000
Ireland's National Aquarium is opened in Galway at the Atlantiquarium on the Prom in Salthill. Built in the shape of a fish, the £6m building contains direct water links to Galway Bay and has massive tanks on its roof which collect rainwater for use in many of the fish pools

 
 
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