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This Day the 26th of May in Irish History.

In the year: 1972
The Special Criminal Court, with three judges and no jury, is set up in the Republic

In the year: 1873
Trinity College Dublin abolishes all remaining religious restrictions for entry, with the exception of the Faculty of Divinity

In the year: 1950
End of petrol rationing in Northern Ireland

In the year: 1980
Derry band The Undertones reach No. 1 in the UK charts with My Perfect Cousin

In the year: 1867
Michael Barrett from Kesh, Co. Fermanagh is executed for his part in the explosion at Clerkenwell Gaol. From all the evidence, it is likely he is not guilty. He is the last man to be publicly hanged in England.

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