#OTD in 1612 – Dungannon, Co Tyrone, is the first of 40 new boroughs to be incorporated.

Historically Tyrone stretched as far north as Lough Foyle, and comprised part of modern day County Derry east of the River Foyle. The majority of County Derry was carved out of Tyrone between 1610 – 1620 when that land went to the Guilds of London to set up profit making schemes based on natural resources […]

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#OTD in 1612 – Dungannon, Co Tyrone, is the first of 40 new boroughs to be incorporated.

Historically Tyrone stretched as far north as Lough Foyle, and comprised part of modern day County Derry east of the River Foyle. The majority of County Derry was carved out of Tyrone between 1610 – 1620 when that land went to the Guilds of London to set up profit making schemes based on natural resources […]

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Today in Irish History – 21st March:

1181 – John Cumin (or Comyn) is elected archbishop of Dublin and consecrated by the pope at Velletri on this date. He is the first Englishman to be appointed to an Irish see. 1656 – Death of Bishop James Ussher. The Dublin-born cleric deduced from biblical studies the exact date of the Creation (October 23rd,4004 […]

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1992 – Clonoe Ambush: SAS ambush IRA activists at Clonoe, County Tyrone.

A local Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) unit is ambushed by the Special Air Service at a church yardafter the IRA men had launched a heavy machine gun attack on the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) base in Coalisland. Four IRA men were killed in what appeared to be a well planned ambush. It seems almost […]

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1949 – Dennis Taylor, snooker player and world champion in 1985, is born in Coalisland, Co. Tyrone.

Taylor’s sole world championship victory in 1985 over world number one Steve Davis provided probably the most compelling moments in snooker history. In a final comprising of the best of 35 frames, Taylor lost all frames in the opening session to ultimately fall behind 8-0. A whitewash was on the cards as Davis was recognized […]

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1992 – Seven Protestant constructions workers at a security base in Co. Tyrone are killed by an IRA bomb. The driver of their bus also dies.

An IRA bomb kills eight Protestant builders on their way to work at an Army base near Teebane, County Tyrone. The IRA justification was the workers were “collaborating” with “the forces of occupation. The horrible tragedy also elicited a major PR gaffe by Northern Ireland Secretary of State Peter Brooke. That evening, following the atrocity, […]

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