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1801: British passed the Act of Union - Ireland was legally a part of Britain.
1831: Institued the National School System.
1833: The play is set.
1845: Great famine (the potato blight referred to in Tranlations by the "sweet smell".
1922: Irish Free State (Republic of Ireland) came into being.
1972: 'Bloody Sunday' - 26 civilian civil rights protestors in Derry, Northen Ireland shot by British Parachute Regiment. The worst of the 'recent' troubles in Northern Ireland.
1974: Sunningdale Agreement - an attempt to end the troubles, that ultimately failed due to increasing levels of violence.
1981: Translations published.