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This Day the 17th of August in Irish History.

In the year: 1791
Birth of Richard Lalor Sheil, dramatist and politician; first Catholic privy councillor, in Drumdowney, Co. Kilkenny

In the year: 2001
General SemiConductor announces that its plant in Macroom, Co. Cork will close; 670 jobs are lost.

In the year: 1846
Lord John Russell's Whig administration decides not to interfere with internal or export markets for food

In the year: 1922
RIC is disbanded to be replaced by the Garda Síochána

In the year: 1978
Thousands gather in Carnsore Point to protest against nuclear power

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