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1775 Daniel O’Connell was born in Co Kerry on this day in 1775. He is considered to be one of the most important characters in Irish history. O’Connell was a politician and spent his life campaigning for improved rights of Irish Catholics.

At the time, most of the land in Ireland was owned by British landlords, who were predominantly Protestant. The Catholics were treated poorly by some and had little or no chance of improving their situations. They had no access to education for their children, they weren’t entitle to own land and were not allowed a vote to change the way their country was being run.

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O’Connell was elected into parliament after receiving an overwhelming majority. He knew that politics was the way to improve the lives of the Catholics in Ireland, and made it his life’s work to do so.

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1858 Sir William Ridgeway was born in Ballydermot, Co. Offaly on this day in 1858. He was a leading archaeologist and scholar. Ridgeway was educated at Trinity College Dublin before going on to continue his studies at Cambridge.

He became Professor of Greek at Queen’s College, Cork, before moving on to become Disney Professor of Archaeology at Cambridge. Ridgeway made significant contributions to the Encyclopaedia Biblica, which is a study of all the places and names mentioned in the bible. Ridgeway was knighted in 1919 for his contributions to historical literature.

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1927 Happy birthday to Richard Murphy, born near the border of Counties Mayo and Galway on this day in 1927. He is a poet and writer who has won numerous awards throughout his life.

He spent much of his childhood living in Ceylon, now known as Sri Lanka, where his father was stationed with the military. He went to various private schools and also spent some time studying under CS Lewis at Oxford.

Murphy returned to Ireland in the 1950s and started his own fishing company, so that he could spend his life by the sea, which was the subject he most enjoyed writing about. He felt that too much writing about the sea was full of metaphors and wanted to write something more accurate to reality.

He has since written numerous poems about various subjects and is regarded as one of Ireland’s leading literary figures.

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1971 Happy birthday to Conor McPherson, born in Dublin on this day in 1971. He is a playwright and theatre director and has had his plays performed all around the world. One of McPherson’s first plays was ‘The Weir’ which won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play in 1999. It was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre in Dublin before being transferred to London’s West End and Broadway in New York.

Ever since then, McPherson has been well-respected as one of the most exciting playwrights off the 21st century. He has received overwhelming praise and tributes for several of his works, including Port Authority, Dublin Carol and Shining City.

McPherson has also written films and has achieved similar success on screen as he has on stage. His film Saltwater won the Best Film Award at the Berlin Film Festival and The Eclipse won the Melies D’Argent Award for Best European Film in the horror and fantasy category.

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1998 Triple Olympic champion Michelle de Bruin had her worst fears confirmed on this day in 1998 when the International Swimming Federation (known as FINA) banned her from competition for four years.

The Dubliner was banned after she was found guilty of tampering with a urine sample for a mandatory drugs test. She was accused of taking performance enhancing drugs and was at the centre of a major scandal in athletics.

The ban effectively ended her career as a professional swimmer, just two years after she won three gold medals in the pool in the Atlanta Olympics. de Bruin always insisted she was innocent and that a travesty of justice had been carried out. She went on to study law so that she could help athletes in a similar position in the future.

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2000 The first ever Witness Festival finished on this day in 2000 at Fairyhouse racecourse in Co Meath. . It was a two-day festival that was one of a number of music shows sponsored by Guinness. The festival included sets from music stars such as Travis, Beck, Toploader and the Undertones.

Witness was a popular fixture for Irish music lovers for four years, before the sponsorship was taken over by Heineken and the festival was re-branded under the name Oxegen.

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