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In 1983 the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival caught the attention of the world media as American ladies flocked to the town in County Clare in search of Irish farmers as potential husbands.
Cleaners who lost their jobs to a rival cleaning company in University College Dublin (UCD) clashed with Gardaí on the Belfield Campus grounds.
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Several hundred invited guests set off for the Aran Islands on board the 'Galway Bay' ferry for the launch of Learaí an Cheoil', a book of short stories for children by author Máirtín Davy.
'Hurricane Charley' arrived over Ireland at the end of August 1986.
With a political career spanning over 50 years, Éamon de Valera held the position of Taoiseach for three terms and was also President of Ireland from 1959 to 1973.
Economic, political and social motivations have driven people from all over the world to Irish shores.
Heaney appeared regularly on radio and television to talk about himself and his work and to read his poetry.