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This Day the 5th of December in Irish History.

In the year: 1853
Assembly's College, Belfast, opens for the training of Presbyterian clergy

In the year: 1998
The IRA Army Council and up to 60 Provisionals meet at a secret location near the border to debate arms decommissioning

In the year: 2000
The IRA reaffirms its commitment to putting arms beyond use in a statement issued in advance of President Bill Clinton’s visits to Dublin and Belfast

In the year: 1999
The Portmarnock Hotel in north Dublin wins the Gilbeys’ Gold medal in catering for the second year in a row

In the year: 1700
Birth of Anthony Malone, prominent politician and prime serjeant at time of money bill dispute from1753 to 1756

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