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This Day the 27th of March in Irish History.

In the year: 1625
Charles 1 becomes king of England, Scotland and Ireland

In the year: 1599
Robert Devereux becomes Lieutenant-General of Ireland

In the year: 2002
A copy of the Cork Examiner, a golf club, flowers and national media awards are among gifts presented at the funeral of one of Ireland's best known newsmen. More than 1,000 people pack the Church of the Immaculate Conception, The Lough, Cork, to pay their last respects to Fergie O'Callaghan, editor of the Cork Examiner for 18 years before his retirement in November 1994.

In the year: 2001
Ulster Unionist Party leader David Trimble kicks off his election campaign outside his party headquarters in Belfast with a massive poster of himself

In the year: 1999
A major rail disaster is averted by the quick reactions of a train driver, when a 40ft articulated lorry ploughs through a bridge and falls onto the railway tracks below straight into the path of an on-coming train. The train driver manages to stop the train carrying an undisclosed number of passengers just 200 yards from the crashed truck

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