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This Day the 17th of January in Irish History.


In the year: 1856
Joseph Hayden, Irish journalist, dictionary compiler and author of Dictionary of Dates, dies

In the year: 2000
A pair of King Billy’s gloves, worn during the battle of the Boyne, and the dress worn by Sinéad de Valera at the second inauguration ceremony of her husband, President Éamon de Valera, are unlikely companions in The Way We Wore, a permanent exhibition of the clothing and jewellery worn by Irish people from the1760s to the 1960s which opens at the National Museum, Collins Barracks.

In the year: 1861
Lola Montez (Marie Gilbert), dancer and courtesan dies in New York

In the year: 1649
Marquis of Ormond James Butler and the confederates sign a peace treaty which grants toleration for Catholics in exchange for troops

In the year: 1860
Birth in Castlerea, Co. Roscommon, of Douglas Hyde, playwright, folklorist, founder of The Gaelic League and the first president of Éire

 
 
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