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This Day the 16th of April in Irish History.

In the year: 1871
John Millington Synge, poet, playwright, and student of Irish language and culture, is born in Dublin

In the year: 1752
The first regular stage-coach service between Dublin and Belfast commences

In the year: 2002
Beginning with a 'park-up' outside John A Woods and ReadyMix sites in Cork, Kerry and Limerick, as many as 300 truck drivers transporting sand and gravel take their trucks off the road in protest at strict weight restrictions, high insurance costs and low pay

In the year: 1970
Protestant right-winger the Reverend Ian Paisley wins a seat in Northern Ireland's parliament

In the year: 1782
Irish Parliament declares its independence from the English Parliament

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