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Stunning scenes as USA sensationally fail to reach World Cup for first time since 1986
# Upset
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# Upset

Stunning scenes as USA sensationally fail to reach World Cup for first time since 1986

Oct 11th 2017, 3:19 AM 16,083 Views 22 Comments

Bruce Arena’s side suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Trinidad and Tobago.

The night Peter Robinson and a gang of masked loyalists invaded a Co Monaghan village
# The Clontibret Affair
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# The Clontibret Affair

The night Peter Robinson and a gang of masked loyalists invaded a Co Monaghan village

Jan 21st 2017, 10:00 PM 54,217 Views 54 Comments

The incursion terrorised a village – and later criminal charges threatened to derail the future first minister’s career.

1938 Ireland: Post office clerk fired after £10 disappeared and he bought new suits and a bicycle
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# State Papers

1938 Ireland: Post office clerk fired after £10 disappeared and he bought new suits and a bicycle

Jan 3rd 2017, 7:30 PM 23,245 Views 13 Comments

Pearoid was paid £2.5.6 a week, with his lodging costing £1.2.6 a week.

The government brought in word processors in the 1980s - and civil servants weren't too happy
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# Word Processing Problems

The government brought in word processors in the 1980s - and civil servants weren't too happy

Jan 3rd 2017, 7:00 PM 15,748 Views 23 Comments

One civil servant had to routinely work through lunch and late in the day to catch up on work.

Irish ambassador said Russians blaming Chernobyl staff was a 'typical Soviet tactic'
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# Taking Responsibility

Irish ambassador said Russians blaming Chernobyl staff was a 'typical Soviet tactic'

Jan 3rd 2017, 6:30 AM 10,904 Views 18 Comments

Nuclear fallout and Soviet scepticism feature in official Irish state papers on the Chernobyl disaster.

The Government opposed giving any special money to help people left devastated by Hurricane Charley
# 1986 State Papers
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# 1986 State Papers

The Government opposed giving any special money to help people left devastated by Hurricane Charley

Jan 2nd 2017, 6:00 PM 14,813 Views 21 Comments

Hurricane Charley swept across numerous counties in 1986 but Wicklow suffered the most.

The secret songs, pleading letters, and big name snubs of Ireland's plans to entertain Ronald Reagan
# Let Me Entertain You
# Let Me Entertain You

The secret songs, pleading letters, and big name snubs of Ireland's plans to entertain Ronald Reagan

Jan 1st 2017, 4:00 PM 16,594 Views 10 Comments

Brendan Grace and Phil Coulter both wanted a piece of the pie.

'Doomed to live alone': Mother pleads with Garret FitzGerald for divorce referendum
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# Divorce Referendum

'Doomed to live alone': Mother pleads with Garret FitzGerald for divorce referendum

Jan 1st 2017, 1:00 PM 13,441 Views 22 Comments

The 27-year-old woman said Irish people should be given the opportunity to have a say in “their own destiny”.

Ireland's death penalty was a 'quaint throwback' but not everyone wanted to get rid of it
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# 1986 State Paprs

Ireland's death penalty was a 'quaint throwback' but not everyone wanted to get rid of it

Jan 1st 2017, 8:00 AM 17,894 Views 59 Comments

Thirty years ago, there were some political considerations.

Ireland risked a PR disaster by billing for post mortems following the Air India 747 bombing
# Flight 182
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# Flight 182

Ireland risked a PR disaster by billing for post mortems following the Air India 747 bombing

Jan 1st 2017, 6:30 AM 23,264 Views 3 Comments

The bombing of Air India Flight 182 off the coast of Cork in June 1985 dropped Ireland into the middle of a humanitarian disaster recovery operation.

1984: Letters from UK praise Irish people for their 'warm humanity' and generosity after Band Aid
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# State Papers

1984: Letters from UK praise Irish people for their 'warm humanity' and generosity after Band Aid

Dec 31st 2016, 10:15 PM 17,752 Views 34 Comments

One woman in England said it was a shame that FitzGerald was not their Prime Minister.

'Play your war games somewhere else': Anger as submarines caused havoc for Irish fishing industry in 1986
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# War Games

'Play your war games somewhere else': Anger as submarines caused havoc for Irish fishing industry in 1986

Dec 31st 2016, 10:00 PM 15,653 Views 4 Comments

A number of incidents involving Irish trawlers and foreign submarines were reported in 1986.

30 years ago most Irish people wanted garda killers to be executed
# Getting Rid Of The Gallows
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# Getting Rid Of The Gallows

30 years ago most Irish people wanted garda killers to be executed

Dec 31st 2016, 9:45 PM 8,314 Views 47 Comments

The death penalty wasn’t abolished in Ireland until 1990.

Ireland tried to ban smoking in public in 1986 - and Big Tobacco was not impressed
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# Lovely Fags Ban

Ireland tried to ban smoking in public in 1986 - and Big Tobacco was not impressed

Dec 31st 2016, 8:15 PM 13,834 Views 16 Comments

1986 saw government health warnings introduced on tobacco products in Ireland for the first time.

Government urged to help free priest charged with murder of Filipino mayor
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# Padre Free-o

Government urged to help free priest charged with murder of Filipino mayor

Dec 31st 2016, 7:30 PM 9,966 Views 2 Comments

Fr Niall O’Brien was arrested in 1983 over the death of a local politician.

Aran sweaters, Avoca rugs and Waterford Crystal Statue of Liberty: Gifts Taoiseach gave Ronald Reagan
# There You Go
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# There You Go

Aran sweaters, Avoca rugs and Waterford Crystal Statue of Liberty: Gifts Taoiseach gave Ronald Reagan

Dec 31st 2016, 7:00 PM 8,287 Views 4 Comments

Reagan said the Waterford Crystal Statue of Liberty would be displayed permanently in the Statue of Liberty Museum.

'It outsold U2' - an album of Bosco songs was one of RTÉ's biggest hits in 1984
# Hello Boys And Girls
# Hello Boys And Girls

'It outsold U2' - an album of Bosco songs was one of RTÉ's biggest hits in 1984

Dec 31st 2016, 4:00 PM 11,339 Views 28 Comments

Did you have Bosco Sings in your house?

'Sell water to Saudi Arabia and turf to England': A Londoner's advice to Garret FitzGerald
# What's The Big Idea?
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# What's The Big Idea?

'Sell water to Saudi Arabia and turf to England': A Londoner's advice to Garret FitzGerald

Dec 31st 2016, 3:00 PM 11,334 Views 12 Comments

William Long, from Essex, wrote to the then Taoiseach with his plans for Irish trade.

1986: The levels of radioactive material in Irish water, milk and vegetables following Chernobyl
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# Sudden Spike

1986: The levels of radioactive material in Irish water, milk and vegetables following Chernobyl

Dec 30th 2016, 6:00 PM 14,456 Views 20 Comments

Arrangements were made to impound any produce which showed unacceptable levels of contamination.

1986: Mother of four abused by husband writes letter to Taoiseach outlining need for divorce
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# State Papers

1986: Mother of four abused by husband writes letter to Taoiseach outlining need for divorce

Dec 30th 2016, 1:00 PM 19,100 Views 32 Comments

“God never intended continual punishment for one mistake.”

Irish politicians really wanted Bob Geldof to win the Nobel Peace Prize
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Irish politicians really wanted Bob Geldof to win the Nobel Peace Prize

Dec 30th 2016, 11:21 AM 9,024 Views 31 Comments

It didn’t happen for Bob though.

A Donegal child wrote a letter to Garret FitzGerald in 1984 having a sly dig at Charlie Haughey
# Pen Pals
# Pen Pals

A Donegal child wrote a letter to Garret FitzGerald in 1984 having a sly dig at Charlie Haughey

Dec 30th 2016, 9:30 AM 15,732 Views 9 Comments

“I don’t like the way Charlie is doing it”.

Government investigated whether Josef Mengele spent time in Ireland after World War II
# 1986 State Papers
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# 1986 State Papers

Government investigated whether Josef Mengele spent time in Ireland after World War II

Dec 30th 2016, 7:15 AM 17,559 Views 11 Comments

The Nazi war criminal was suspected to have spent six weeks in Ireland under an assumed name

'A punishment from God's own hand' - the Irish got Biblical in their objections to 1985's contraception law
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# Divine Argument

'A punishment from God's own hand' - the Irish got Biblical in their objections to 1985's contraception law

Dec 30th 2016, 6:45 AM 15,375 Views 101 Comments

The 1985 Family Planning Act saw contraceptives made legal for over-18s without a prescription from selected outlets for the first time.

Government considered using 'AIDS argument' in David Norris gay rights case
# Norris V Ireland
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# Norris V Ireland

Government considered using 'AIDS argument' in David Norris gay rights case

Dec 30th 2016, 6:45 AM 21,553 Views 49 Comments

In battling David Norris’ claims that Irish homosexuality laws were in breach of his human rights, the government was considering all kinds of defences.

Enda fan wrote to 1986 Taoiseach to say people in the west happy with Kenny's latest appointment
# Well Pleased
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# Well Pleased

Enda fan wrote to 1986 Taoiseach to say people in the west happy with Kenny's latest appointment

Jan 3rd 2016, 10:33 AM 510 Views 1 Comment

The letter was sent from Drimnagh in Dublin.

Take 4: Homes for every budget around Ireland
# Cutting Your Cloth
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# Cutting Your Cloth

Take 4: Homes for every budget around Ireland

Dec 11th 2014, 11:52 AM 2,740 Views 1 Comment

Here is our pick of properties from €250,000… up to €1 million.

So just how young is the country's youngest junior minister?... The Edge has hats that are older
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# Simon Harris

So just how young is the country's youngest junior minister?... The Edge has hats that are older

Jul 15th 2014, 9:47 PM 35,461 Views 56 Comments

At 27, Simon Harris is now our most senior junior minister. Makes you wonder what you’ve been doing with your life, doesn’t it?

5 memorable past Germany-Argentina clashes
# Looking Back
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# Looking Back

5 memorable past Germany-Argentina clashes

Jul 13th 2014, 12:05 AM 3,335 Views 3 Comments

This is the third consecutive World Cup in which the sides have met.

On this date: Challenger space shuttle explodes after take-off
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# Anniversary

On this date: Challenger space shuttle explodes after take-off

Jan 28th 2012, 2:37 PM 4,067 Views 7 Comments

It was on this day in 1986 that the space shuttle exploded just 73 seconds into its launch from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. All seven crewmembers were killed.

A Bluffer's Guide to ... Uruguay
# Who Are Ya
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# Who Are Ya

A Bluffer's Guide to ... Uruguay

Mar 28th 2011, 3:43 PM 402 Views 0 Comments

We give you a few tidbits on Ireland’s opposition so that you won’t be stuck for something intelligent to say in the pub tomorrow evening.