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This Day the 17th of December in Irish History.

In the year: 1165
John, the son of Henry II, returns to England after touring parts of southern Ireland. John de Courcy is appointed justiciar

In the year: 1885
The results of newspaper reports of Gladstone's conversion to Home Rule, following the general election, gives Parnellites the balance of power

In the year: 1803
Rebel leader Michael Dwyer, whose guerrilla attacks had maddened British colonial authorities since 1798, surrenders

In the year: 1785
Sir William Napier, general and historian, is born in Celbridge, Co. Kildare

In the year: 1867
Henry Harrison, nationalist politician and writer, is born in Holywood, Co. Down

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