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This Day the 21st of April in Irish History.

In the year: 1874
Walter Wilson, mechanical engineer, designer of cars and tanks, is born in Blackrock, Co. Dublin

In the year: 1738
A Mr Lorimer, receiver of Sir Arthur Acheson (MP for Mullingar), is killed in a duel

In the year: 2000
Dissident republicans threaten fresh violence as Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams claim hope in Northern Ireland had plunged to an all time low

In the year: 1875
Michael, "The O'Rahilly," Irish Volunteers leader, is born in Ballylongford, Co. Kerry

In the year: 1999
Paddy McDonagh, a former Irish soldier caught transporting a massive bomb across the border on the day the Good Friday Agreement referendum votes are counted, is jailed for six years by the Special Criminal Court in Dublin

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