This Day in Irish History

on the 19th of March

In the year: 2000
As many as 250,000 people line the streets of Dublin to watch a spectacular fireworks display which caps off four days of celebration as the grand finale of St Patrick’s Festival

In the year: 1821
Birth in Dublin of Sir Richard Francis Burton, adventurer, writer, swordsman, scholar and explorer

In the year: 2003
Co. Clare takes top honours at the CIE National Awards of Excellence.

In the year: 2000
The Irish and British governments begin an all out effort to build on the positive signal from Ulster Unionist Party leader, David Trimble, and rescue the endangered Northern Ireland peace process

In the year: 1920
Tomás MacCurtain, Lord Mayor of Cork for Sinn Féin and inventor of the famous "Flying Column, is killed by Black & Tans disguised as policemen. The inquest into his death returns a verdict of wilful murder against the RIC, and indicts Lloyd George and the British government