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This Day the 26th of July in Irish History.

In the year: 2001
Thirteen-year old Michael Beirne wins first prize in the Irish Animation Festival competition.

In the year: 1782
Birth of composer John Field in Dublin. His nocturnes for piano are the inspiration for much of Chopin’s work

In the year: 1927
Entertainer, Danny La Rue is born Daniel Patrick Carroll in Co. Cork

In the year: 1987
Stephen Roche becomes the first Irishman to win the Tour de France

In the year: 2006
In what is described as a discovery 'of staggering importance' it is announced that an ancient book of psalms has been found in a bog in the midlands. The approximately 20-page book has been dated to the years 800-1000. Trinity College manuscripts expert Bernard Meehan said it was the first discovery of an Irish early medieval document in two centuries.

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