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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: 1869
British Royal assent is given to the Bill disestablishing the Irish Church (Anglican)

In the year: 1813
A Catholic is killed at the 'Battle of Garvagh', a sectarian confrontation in Co. Derry/Londonderry

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: 1998
Robert Saulters, the Grand Master of the Orange Order, puts his leadership on the line with a call for talks with nationalist residents

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