July 29

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1953 Happy birthday Frank McGuinness. Prof. McGuinness is Professor of Creative Writing at University College Dublin. He is a playwright and poet. He is also famous for his translations of classic works of famous writers eg. Racine, Sophocles, Ibsen and Strindberg.
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1975 Death of 40-year-old Tom Dunphy of the Royal Showband in a car crash near Carrick-on-Shannon.

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Ogham, the mysterious language of the trees The Origins of the Ogham alphabet are still a mystery for many historians, but it is primarily thought to be an early form of the Irish written Language. Bealtaine Fire

1982 Happy birthday to Andy Reid.
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2001 Michael Flatley announces his retirement in Dallas at the last show of his Feet of Flames World Tour.
Click here to read about how it all began for Flatley, with the birth of Riverdance
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