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Irish Design Timeline

1900 – 2011

  • 1900
  • 1902
  • 1903
  • 1904
  • 1905
  • 1906
  • 1907
  • 1908
  • 1909
  • 1910
  • 1911
  • 1912
  • 1913
  • 1914
  • 1915
  • 1916
  • 1917
  • 1918
  • 1919
  • 1920
  • 1921
  • 1922
  • 1923
  • 1924
  • 1925
  • 1926
  • 1927
  • 1928
  • 1929
  • 1930
  • 1931
  • 1932
  • 1933
  • 1934
  • 1935
  • 1936
  • 1937
  • 1938
  • 1939
  • 1940
  • 1941
  • 1942
  • 1943
  • 1944
  • 1945
  • 1946
  • 1947
  • 1948
  • 1949
  • 1950
  • 1951
  • 1952
  • 1953
  • 1954
  • 1955
  • 1956
  • 1957
  • 1958
  • 1959
  • 1960
  • 1961
  • 1962
  • 1963
  • 1964
  • 1965
  • 1966
  • 1967
  • 1968
  • 1969
  • 1970
  • 1971
  • 1972
  • 1973
  • 1974
  • 1975
  • 1976
  • 1977
  • 1978
  • 1979
  • 1980
  • 1981
  • 1982
  • 1983
  • 1984
  • 1985
  • 1986
  • 1987
  • 1988
  • 1989
  • 1990
  • 1991
  • 1992
  • 1993
  • 1994
  • 1995
  • 1996
  • 1997
  • 1998
  • 1999
  • 2000
  • 2001
  • 2002
  • 2003
  • 2004
  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021
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Irish Design Milestones

  • COLLEGE OF MARKETING AND DESIGN, MOUNTJOY SQUARE (LATER PART OF DIT) FOUNDED: 1905
  • IVEAGH/GUINNESS TRUST BUILDINGS COMPLETED- BULL ALLEY, 1901-4
  • COLLEGE OF COMMERCE, RATHMINES(LATER PART OF DIT) FOUNDED: 1901
  • TITANIC FINISHED - HARLAND & WOLFF, BELFAST: 1912
  • CRAWFORD MUNICIPAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE OPENS: 1912
  • COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY, BOLTON STREET (LATER PART OF DIT) FOUNDED: 1911
  • MCCONNELL’S ADVERTISING EST: 1916
  • HONAN CHAPEL OPENSCORK: 1916
  • FORD EST MANUFACTURING AND ASSEMBLY PLANT, CORK: 1917-84
  • CARRIGALINE POTTERY EST CORK: 1928
  • Arks Advertising est: 1931
  • Arrow Advertising est: 1931
  • Newbridge Cutlery est: 1933
  • Newbridge Cutlery est: 1933
  • Arklow Pottery est: 1934
  • Janus Advertising est: 1935
  • Walter Gropius Lecture, RIAI: 1936
  • O'Kennedy Brindley Advertising est: 1937
  • Design Committee est under Lemass: 1937
  • Dubarry Shoes est, Galway: 1937
  • Grafton Academy Founded: 1938
  • Desmond Fitzgerald completes Dublin Airport: 1940
  • Sun Advertising est: 1945
  • Waterford Crystal re-est by Charles Bacik: 1947
  • Bodkin report on the arts in Ireland: 1949
  • Industrial Development Authority est: 1949
  • Industrial Parades begin: 1950
  • Arts Council est: 1951
  • first large-scale advertising conference: cork: 1952
  • belleek pottery (est. 1887, fermanagh) intros electric kilns: 1952
  • An tostal festival est: 1953
  • Chester Beatty Library opens: 1954
  • John McGuire (MD Brown Thomas) Commissions Textiles Designs from Pat Scott, Turlough Connolly, Le Brocquy, Neville Johnson: 1954
  • Signa Design Consultants (Scott, Le Broc) est: 1954
  • International Design Exhib (Design Research Unit/Arts Council): 1954
  • Donegal Carpets (previously Morton's Rugs) est: 1954
  • Youghal Carpets est Cork:1954-84 (bought out by Couristan Carpets)
  • John Hinde est: 1956
  • Gaeltarra Éireann (ind dev agency for Gaeltacht) est: 1957
  • V'Soske Joyce (carpets) est Galway: 1957
  • John Hinde sells first postcards, Shannon Airport: 1957
  • Institute of Creative Advertising founded: 1958
  • ABRAM GAMES ICA LECTURE: 1959
  • ICA PUBLISH CAMPAIGN: 1959 - 62
  • CAMPAIGN MAGAZINE EST BY ICA: 1959
  • PETER OWENS ADVERTISING EST: 1960
  • CELTIC CERAMICS, CLARE EST: 1961 (1976 TAKEN OVER BY ROSENTHAL)
  • ROBIN WALKER, BORD FÁILTE HEADQUARTERS: 1961
  • SCANDINAVIAN REPORT PUBLISHED: 1962
  • KILKENNY DESIGN WORKSHOPS FOUNDED: 1963-88
  • DESMOND RAE O’KELLY: LIBERTY HALL: 1963
  • CERTIFICATE IN ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY EST, DIT: 1963 (LOCATES TO BOLTON ST, 1966)
  • JOHN JOHANSEN COMPLETES US EMBASSY, BALLSBRIDGE: 1964
  • HELENA RUUTH (KDW) TEXTILE DESIGNS FOR HEATHROW AIRPORT SEATING (W CONRAN): 1966
  • IRISH INTERNATIONAL ADVERTISING EST: 1966
  • LIAM MCCORMICK COMPLETES BURT CHAPEL, DONEGAL: 1967
  • HOLGER STROM DESIGNS IQ LIGHT FOR KDW: 1972
  • REGIONAL TECHNICAL COLLEGE GALWAY EST: 1972
  • IRISH ALUMINIUM/KDW DESIGN STREET LITTER BINS; 1972
  • BRAUN EST MANUFACTURING PLANT, CARLOW: 1974-2009
  • AVOCA HANDWEAVERS (EST, 1723) BOUGHT BY PRATT FAMILY: 1974
  • CORK REGIONAL TECHNICAL COLLEGE EST: 1974
  • TELECTRON (TELECOMMUNICATIONS)/KDW DESIGN PARTNERSHIP: 1974-6
  • SAM STEPHENSON COMPLETES CENTRAL BANK, 1975
  • RONALD TALLON, BANK OF IRELAND HEADQUARTERS, 1975.
  • JIM FITZPATRICK DESIGNS JAILBREAK ALBUM COVER FOR THIN LIZZY: 1976
  • KDW OPEN DUBLIN STORE: 1976
  • STEPHENSON COMPLETES DUBLIN CORPORATION OFFICES: 1976
  • INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF SOCIETIES OF INDUSTRIAL DESIGN (ICSID), DUBLIN CONGRESS: 1977
  • DUN LAOGHAIRE COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN EST: 1979
  • JEANNE SHEEHY PUBLISHES THE REDISCOVERY OF IRELAND’S PAST – THE CELTIC REVIVAL (BOOK) 1830-1930: 1980
  • DELOREAN CARS EST BELFAST: 1981-2
  • NCAD VALIDATES FIRST DEGREES IN DESIGN: 1981
  • ICOGRADA CONGRESS: 1983
  • DESIGN PARTNERS EST WICKLOW: 1985
  • SULLIVAN BLUTH EST: 1985-95
  • KILKENNY DESIGN (BOOK): 1985
  • HUGH ORAM PUBLISHES THE ADVERTISING BOOK: 1986
  • IFSC DEVELOPMENT: 1988
  • MURIKAMI WOLF SWENSON, EST: 1989-2000.
  • GRAPHIC DESIGN BUSINESS ASSOCIATION (GDBA) EST: 1991
  • GROUP 91, TEMPLE BAR DEVELOPMENT PLAN LAUNCHED: 1991
  • PAUL LARMOUR PUBLISHES THE ARTS & CRAFTS MOVEMENT IN IRELAND: 1992
  • DERMOT MCGUINNE PUBLISHES IRISH TYPE DESIGN: 1992
  • DUBLIN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY EST: 1992
  • CRAWFORD COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN JOINS CORK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY: 1993
  • GDBA EST IRISH DESIGN EFFECTIVENESS AWARDS (IDEA): 1994
  • AHRENDS BURTON KORALEK (ARCH) EST DUBLIN OFFICE: 1996
  • NATIONAL PRINT MUSEUM RECLOCATES TO BEGGARS BUSH: 1996
  • NATIONAL IRISH VISUAL ARTS LIBRARY OPENS: 1997
  • JOHN ROCHA DESIGNS FOR WATERFORD CRYSTAL: 1997
  • DCC, BALLYMUN REGENERATION BEGINS: 1997
  • IADT EST: 1997
  • NATIONAL MUSEUM, COLLINS BARRACKS OPENS: 1997
  • ENTERPRISE IRELAND EST: 1998
  • CREATIVE IRELAND (DISCUSSION FORUM) EST: 1999
  • OPPORTUNITIES IN DESIGN, ENTERPRISE IRELAND (REPORT): 1999
  • GUINNESS STOREHOUSE OPENS: 2000
  • MEDIA LAB EUROPE EST: 2000-5
  • GERT DUMBAR, DIT/CRICITAL VOICES LECTURE: 2001
  • CONOR CLARKE, ORANJE AND GREEN (BOOK): 2002
  • JARLATH HAYES DESIGNS EURO COINS DESIGN: 2002
  • ROUGHAN AND O’DONOVAN, WILLIAM J DARGAN LUAS BRIDGE: 2002
  • JANE NI DHULCHAOINTIGH INVENTS SUGRU: 2003-9
  • O’CONNELL ST REGENERATION: 2003-4
  • CALATRAVA, JAMES JOYCE BRIDGE: 2003
  • ART SPIEGLEMAN, CRITICAL VOICES/IADT LECTURE: 2003
  • LIVING IN MOTION (EXHIBITION), IMMA: 2003
  • RICHIE, DUBLIN SPIRE COMPLETED; 2003
  • GOOGLE DUBLIN: 2004
  • MULLER BROCKMANN (EXHIBITION): 2004
  • LUAS BEGINS: 2004
  • CANDY COLLECTIVE & SWEETTALK EST: 2005
  • CROKE PARK FINISHED: 2005
  • NDRC EST: 2005
  • DESIGNING IRELAND (KDW CATALOGUE AND EXHIBITION): 2005
  • LOVE OBJECTS (CONFERENCE), NCAD: 2007
  • MEDIA CUBE EST AT IADT: 2007
  • HELVETICA (EXHIB) AT IMAGENOW: 2007
  • OPEN HOUSE LAUNCHED: 2008
  • BENDER EXHIB OPENS, NMI: 2008
  • OPEN HOUSE LAUNCHED: 2008
  • DCC DUBLIN BIKE SCHEME BEGINS: 2009
  • DESIGNING DUBLIN EST: 2009
  • CALATRAVA, SAMUEL BECKETT BRIDGE: 2009
  • EILEEN GRAY OPENS AT NMI
  • FORFÁS (REPORT) SKILLS IN CREATIVITY DESIGN AND INNOVATION: 2009
  • IKEA OPENS: 2009
  • SEABROOKE EST, OFFSET: 2009
  • ATYPI CONFERENCE: 2010
  • HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL OPENS: 2010
  • LIEBSKIND, GRAND CANAL THEATRE OPENS: 2010
  • POPULOUS/SCOTT TALLON WALKER DESIGN AVIVA STADIUM: 2010
  • MODERNS OPENS IMMA: 2010
  • YEAR OF CRAFT: 2011
  • IRELAND, DESIGN AND VISUAL CULTURE(BOOK), LINDA KING/ELAINE SISSON, LAUNCH (DUB/NY): 2011
  • DESIGN DISCOURSE (LECTURE SERIES OF INTERNATIONAL DESIGNERS/WRITERS), IADT: 2011
  • IXDA CONFERENCE: 2012
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Irish Cultural/Political Milestones

  • DUBLIN LOCK-OUT: 1913
  • EASTER RISING: 1916
  • DUBLIN’S FIRST MOTOR TAXIS APPEAR: 1916
  • WAR OF 1NDEPENDENCE: 1919-21
  • WAR OF INDEPENDENCE: 1919-21
  • FREE STATE ESTABLISHED: 1922
  • JAMES INGRAM DESIGNS FIRST DEFINITIVE STAMPS: 1922
  • JAMES JOYCE PUBLISHES ULYSSES: 1922
  • CIVIL WAR: 1922-23
  • DOUGLAS HYDE LAUNCHES FIRST RADIO STATION, 2RN: 1926
  • FIRST FREE STATE COINS: 1928
  • ARDNACRUSHA COMPLETED: 1929
  • ECONOMIC WAR WITH BRITAIN: 1932-8
  • EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS: 1932
  • SAORSTÁT ÉIREANN OFFICIAL HANDBOOK, PUB: 1932
  • AER LINGUS ESTABLISHED: 1936
  • BUNREACHT NA HÉIREANN (IRISH CONSTITUTION): 1937
  • RTÉ RADIO LAUNCHED: 1937
  • CÓRAS IOMPAIR ÉIREANN (CIÉ) EST: 1945
  • FIRST TRANSATLANTIC FLIGHTS (TWA, PANAM) INTO RINEANNA, CO CLARE: 1945
  • RURAL ELECTRIFICATION SCHEME BEGINS: 1946
  • SHANNON AIRPORT OPENS: 1947
  • BRENDAN O’REGAN INVENTS DUTY FREE CONCEPT, SHANNON AIRPORT: 1947
  • IRISH REPUBLIC EST: 1949
  • JOHN FORD’S THE QUIET MAN: 1952
  • IRELAND OF THE WELCOMES (TOURISM MAGAZINE) LAUNCHED BY BORD FAILTE: 1952
  • CORAS TRACHTALA (EXPORT BOARD) EST: 1952
  • WORST EMIGRATION STATS IN HISTORY OF THE STATE: 1957
  • AER LINGUS TRANSATLANTIC ROUTE EST, 1958
  • ARDMORE STUDIOS OPEN, WICKLOW: 1958
  • T.K. WHITAKER PUB PROGRAMME FOR ECONOMIC EXPANSION: 1958
  • LEMASS BECOMES TAOISEACH: 1959-67
  • ULSTER TELEVISION LAUNCHED: 1959
  • IRELAND APPLIES FOR EEC MEMBERSHIP: 1961
  • RTÉ ESTABLISHED (NEW YEAR’S EVE): 1961
  • VATICAN TWO: 1962-5
  • JFK VISITS: 1963
  • FREE SECONDARY EDUCATION INTRO: 1967
  • IRELAND JOINS THE EEC: 1973
  • ROSC ESTABLISHED: 1974
  • POPE JOHN PAUL II VISITS: 1979
  • SENSE OF IRELAND EXHIBITION AND CATALOGUE: 1980
  • U2’S FIRST ALBUM BOY: 1980
  • DART LAUNCHED: 1984
  • RYANAIR FOUNDED: 1985
  • DUBLIN MILLENNIUM: 1988
  • LIMERICK UNIVERSITY EST: 1989
  • DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY EST: 1989
  • THE COMMITMENTS:1990
  • GOOD FRIDAY AGREEMENT: 1998
  • MUSEUM OF COUNTRY LIFE OPENS TURLOUGH PARK, CO. MAYO: 2001
  • NAMA EST: 2009
  • CIST FOUNDED: 2009
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Dublin/Irish
Connections Abroad

  • GUINNESS OPENS BREWERY AT PARK ROYAL, LONDON: 1932-2005
  • MICHAEL SCOTT DESIGNS SHAMROCK PAVILLION FOR NYWF: 1939
  • CLANCY BROTHERS AND TOMMY MAKEM APPEAR ON ED SULLIVAN SHOW IN ARAN SWEATERS: 1961
  • LEMASS ON COVER OF TIME: 1963
  • KDW US PROMOTIONS: 1967-72
  • SAM STEPHENSON DESIGNS IRISH PAVILLION FOR OSAKA EXPO, 1970
  • A SENSE OF IRELAND EXHIBITION(TRAVELING), KDW: 1980
  • KDW OPEN LONDON STORE: 1986
  • ARTHUR GIBNEY DESIGNS IRISH PAVILLION, SEVILLE: 1992 (RIAI WIN: 1993)
  • MURRAY O'LAOIRE DESIGN IRISH PAVILLION, EXPO, HANOVER: 2000
  • NIALL MELLON TRUST EST: 2002
  • SAM RUSSELL, JOINS DESIGN WITHOUT BORDERS: 2008
  • GENA HERATY, EST HAITI FUND: 2010
  • OPW DESIGN IRISH PAVILLION, SHANGHAI, EXPO: 2010
  • IMAGINE IRELAND, CULTURAL FESTIVAL, NY: 2011
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Irish Designers

  • HARRY CLARKE ILLUSTRATES FAIRY TALES BY HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN: 1916
  • HARRY CLARKE ILLUSTRATES TALES OF MYSTERY AND IMAGINATION BY EDGAR ALLEN POE: 1919 (1923 REPRINT)
  • HARRY CLARKE ILLUSTRATES FAUST BY GOETHE: 1925
  • HERBERT SIMMS HOUSING FOR DUBLIN CORPORATION: 1934-38
  • WATERFORD STANLEY EST: 1934
  • COLM O’LOCHLAIN DESIGNS COLMCILLE TYPEFACE: 1936
  • GUUS MELAI, DUTCH (GRAPHIC DESIGNER) STARTS AT SUN ADVERTISING: 1951-6
  • LIAM MILLER FOUNDS DOLMEN PRESS, 1951
  • JAN DE FOUW, DUTCH (GRAPHIC DESIGNER) ARRIVES: 1951
  • IRENE GILBERT, ESTABLISHES FASHION COMPANY 1951-68
  • SYBIL CONNOLLY EST COMPANY: 1952
  • MICHAEL SCOTT COMPLETES BUSARAS: 1953
  • PIET SLUIS, DUTCH (GRAPHIC DESIGNER) ARRIVES: 1956
  • COR KLASSEN, DUTCH (GRAPHIC DESIGNER) ARRIVES AT O’KENNEDY BRINDLEY: 1956
  • IB JORGENSON EST COMPANY: 1957-94
  • MICHAEL SCOTT AND PARTNERS EST: 1958
  • KEVIN ROCHE JOHN DINKELOO ASSOCIATES EST: 1966
  • DAMIEN HARRINGTON EST GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO AT KDW: 1968
  • TIMONEY TECHNOLOGY EST: DUBLIN, 1968
  • DAMIEN HARRINGTON (KDW DESIGNS P+T LOGO: 1969)
  • ELIZABETH FITZSIMONS (KDW) DES EIRBUS LOGO: 1972
  • HARRINGTON (KDW) DES DAIRY COUNCIL LOGO: 1973
  • HARRINGTON (KDW) OPW LOGO: 1973
  • SCOTT TALLON WALKER EST; 1975
  • DE BLACAM & MEAGHER EST: 1976
  • PETER RICE (ENGINEER) EST RFR WITH IAN RICHIE: 1977
  • PETER DRABINETT (KDW) DESIGNS TELECOM EIREANN LOGO: 1981
  • BILL BOLGER, AN POST LOGO: 1982 (IMPLEMENTATION BY DABINETT 1983)
  • JOHN ROCHA EST FIRST LABEL CHINATOWN: 1983-88
  • DESIGN FACTORY EST: 1983
  • DESIGNWORKS EST: 1983
  • JOSIE MCAVIN, OSCAR FOR OUT OF AFRICA: 1986
  • MARTELLO MEDIA EST: 1986
  • LOUISE KENNEDY, FIRST COLLECTION: 1990
  • LANGUAGE EST: 1990
  • DOLMEN DESIGN EST: 1991
  • PHILIP KENNY EST COMPANY LIMERICK: 1991
  • IDENTITY BUSINESS EST: 1991 (NOW BRAND UNION)
  • DYNAMO EST: 1992
  • REDDOG, EST: 1993
  • X COMMUNICATIONS EST: 1994
  • PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS CO. EST: 1995
  • HAVOC EST: 1998
  • FRONTEND EST: 1998
  • CARTON LEVERT EST: 1998
  • ATELIER DAVID SMITH EST: 1999
  • ZINC EST: 2000
  • MARCUS NOTLEY, WATERFORD: 2001
  • HENEGHAN PENG EST DUBLIN: 2001
  • RUARI ROBINSON OSCAR NOMINATION: 2002
  • BROWN BAG, OSCAR NOMINATIONS: 2002, 2010
  • RED&GREY DESIGN EST: 2003
  • DETAIL EST: 2004
  • JOAN BERGIN, EMMYS: 2007, 2008, 2010
  • CONSOLATA BOYLE, OSCAR NOMINATION: 2007; EMMY 2004
  • BRIAN WILLIAMS, DESIGNS INDENTS TG4: 2007
  • GRAFTON ARCHITECTS, WIN FIRST WORLD BUILDING OF THE YEAR AT INAUGURAL WORLD ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL AWARDS, LUIGI BOCCONI UNIVERSITY, MILAN: 2008
  • CARTOON SALOON, KILKENNY, OSCAR NOMINATION, THE SECRET OF KELLS: 2009
  • GEOGUIDES DESIGN VISIT DUBLIN IPHONE APP: 2009
  • TOM CONROY/COLMAN CORISH, EMMY: 2010
  • MASER, THEY ARE US PROJECT: 2010
  • RORY’S STORY CUBES, EDUCATIONAL TOY: 2010
  • AMP VISUAL EST: 2010
  • DAVID SMITH, AGI 2010
  • LEGIBLE DUBLIN, WAYFINDING SYSTEM: 2011
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Irish designers abroad

  • EILEEN GRAY DESIGNS ST TROPEZ RUG IN DONEGAL TWEED: 1925
  • EILEEN GRAY COMPLETES E1027 IN FRANCE: 1929
  • STELLA STEYN (ARTIST) ENROLLS IN BAUHAUS: 1931
  • PETER RICE (ENGINEER) JOINS OVE ARUP: 1956
  • PETER RICE (ENGINEER) SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE: 1963
  • PETER RICE (ENGINEER) EST RFR IN PARIS: 1982
  • BRIAN CRONIN, EMIGRATES TO THE US: 1986
  • ALAN ABOUD EST ABOUD SODANO: 1989
  • PETER O’BRIEN JOINS CHLOE, 1983-7; JOINS PARFUMS ROCHAS 1989-2003
  • PHILIP TREACY ESTABLISHES COMPANY: 1990
  • ORLA KIELY ESTABLISHES COMPANY: 1993
  • DERMOT POWER (CONCEPT DESIGNER) FOR STAR WARS: 1999
  • BRIAN KEANEY EST TONFISK, FINLAND: 1999
  • PONY LONDON (NIALL SWEENEY): 2001
  • PAUL DONNELLON/ VOODOODOG: 2003
  • PAURIC SWEENEY BAGS EST FLORENCE: 2004
  • ANTHONY DUNNE, BECOMES PROF, INTERACTION DESIGN, RCA: 2006
  • KEVIN FINN EST FINN CREATIVE, AUSTRALIA: 2007
  • DEAN CAFFREY, DESIGNS AUDI Q5: 2008
  • GREGOR TIMLIN JOINS HELEN HAMLYN CENTER: 2008
  • STONE TWINS MADE HEADS OF DEPT, DESIGN ACADEMY EINDHOVEN: 2008
  • UNA BURKE DESIGNS COSTUMES FOR LADY GAGA: 2009
  • RICHIE BANEHAM, OSCAR: 2010
  • JOHNNY KELLY, TITLE SEQUENCES FOR HET KLOKHUIS, HOLLAND:2010
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