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This Day the 16th of October in Irish History.

In the year: 1961
Opening of Cork Airport

In the year: 1961
RTÉ reports on the closure of the West Clare Railway

In the year: 1981
Ben Dunne, joint managing director of Dunnes Stores, is kidnapped by the IRA

In the year: 1998
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern leads the applause for Nobel Peace Prize winners John Hume and David Trimble, describing it as a deserved tribute to two of the principal architects of the Good Friday Agreement.

In the year: 1854
Oscar Wilde, playwright, novelist and essayist is born in Dublin

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