This Day in Irish History

on the 17th of January

In the year: 1992
Seven Protestant constructions workers at a security base in Co. Tyrone are killed by an IRA bomb. The driver of their bus also dies

In the year: 1860
Birth in Castlerea, Co. Roscommon, of Douglas Hyde, playwright, folklorist, founder of The Gaelic League and the first president of Éire

In the year: 1649
Marquis of Ormond James Butler and the confederates sign a peace treaty which grants toleration for Catholics in exchange for troops

In the year: 1856
Joseph Hayden, Irish journalist, dictionary compiler and author of Dictionary of Dates, dies

In the year: 1866
Death of George Petrie, folk music collector who is credited with preserving many of Ireland’s irreplaceable harp tunes