Dublin in History

Ireland: Cork

Historical Events

  • 0988-07-10 The city of Dublin is founded on the banks of the river Liffey
  • 1487-05-24 Imposter Lambert Simnel ceremony crowned as King Edward VI of Dublin

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1742-04-13 George Frideric Handel's oratorio "Messiah" performed for the 1st time at New Music Hall in Dublin

  • 1803-07-23 Robert Emmett leads rebellion in Dublin
  • 1863-01-21 City of Dublin leases part of Cattle Market for 100,000 years
  • 1882-05-06 Thomas Henry Burke and Lord Frederick Cavendish are stabbed and killed during the Phoenix Park Murders in Dublin.
  • 1894-01-23 G W Bunbury of Dublin sets shorthand record of 250 wpm for 10 min
  • 1897-05-18 Irish Music Festival 1st held (Dublin)
  • 1899-05-08 The Irish Literary Theatre in Dublin opens.
  • 1900-09-02 A large demonstration by Nationalists in Dublin's Phoenix Park demand that Ireland be free of British rule
  • 1902-01-08 The United Irish League, a leading force for unification in all Ireland and independence from Britain, holds its convention in Dublin
  • 1903-03-14 WB Yeats & Lady Gregory's "Hour-glass" premieres in Dublin
  • 1903-10-08 J M Synge's "In the Shadow of the Glen" premieres in Dublin
  • 1904-01-25 John Millington Synge's play "Riders to the Sea" premieres in Dublin
  • 1904-02-04 John Millington Synge's play "Well of Saints" premieres in Dublin
  • 1904-12-27 W B Yeats and Lady Gregory's "On Baile's Strand" premieres in Dublin
  • 1905-11-28 Arthur Griffith forms Sinn Fein in Dublin
  • 1907-03-09 Lady Gregory's "Rising of the Moon" premieres in Dublin
  • 1910-01-13 JM Synge's "Deirdre of the Sorrows" premieres in Dublin
  • 1913-08-31 Massive protest rally on Sackville Street attacked by the Dublin Metropolitan Police; two strikers killed by the police
  • 1913-11-25 The Irish Volunteers founded in Dublin to "secure the rights and liberties common to all the people of Ireland"
  • 1914-07-26 Irish Volunteers unload a shipment of 1,500 rifles and 45,000 rounds of ammunition arrived from Germany aboard Erskine Childers' yacht the Asgard; British troops fire on jeering crowd on Bachelors Walk, Dublin, killing three citizens
  • 1915-11-30 St John Ervine's "John Ferguson" premieres in Dublin
  • 1916-04-19 Alderman Kelly reads the 'Castle Order' to a meeting of Dublin Corporation; this forged document supposedly from Dublin Castle, indicated that there was to be mass arrests of Irish Volunteers to prevent "trouble"
  • 1916-04-22 Chief of Staff of the Irish Volunteers Eóin MacNeill issues the Countermanding order in Dublin to try to stop what would become the Easter Rising

Victory in battleEaster Proclamation of 1916

1916-04-24 Easter Rising of Irish republicans against British occupation begins in Dublin

  • 1916-04-29 Irish republicans abandon the post office in Dublin and surrender unconditionally, marking the end of the Easter Rising
  • 1916-05-04 Ned Daly, Willie Pearse, Michael O'Hanrahan and Joseph Plunkett are executed by British authorities following the Easter Rising, at Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin
  • 1916-05-08 Irishmen Eamon Kent, Michael Mallin, Con Colbert and Sean Houston are executed by British authorities following the Easter Rising at Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin
  • 1916-05-12 James Connolly and Sean McDermott are executed following their involvement in the Easter Rising in Dublin
  • 1916-05-18 A British Royal Inquiry into the Easter Rising in Dublin is set up in London
  • 1916-12-13 Esme Stuart Lennox Robinsons premieres in Dublin
  • 1918-12-14 Sinn Fein candidates win 73 of 105 Irish seats in UK general election, though all will refuse to take seats in Westminster, instead meeting at a Dail Eireann in Dublin
  • 1919-01-21 Irish militant nationalist party Sinn Fein creates its own parliament in Dublin and declares Ireland independent of Great Britain, sparking the Irish War of Independence
  • 1921-02-18 British troops occupy Dublin
  • 1921-08-16 Members of the Dail (parliament) swear allegiance to the Irish Republic at their first meeting, held at Dublin House
  • 1922-01-18 Irish author Liam O'Flaherty & others occupy Rotunda in Dublin
  • 1922-04-14 Republic rebels occupies 4 government courts in Dublin
  • 1922-06-28 The Irish Civil War starts when Irish Free State forces attack anti-treaty republicans in Dublin.
  • 1923-04-09 Sean O'Casey's "Shadow of a Gunman" premieres in Dublin
  • 1924-03-03 Sean O'Casey's "Juno & the Paycock" premieres in Dublin
  • 1924-10-28 White Sox beat NY Giants 8-4 in Dublin, less than 20 fans attend
  • 1926-02-08 Sean O'Casey's "Plough & Stars" opens at Abbey Theater Dublin
  • 1928-10-22 ESL Robinson's "Far-Off Hills" premieres in Dublin
  • 1941-05-31 A Luftwaffe air raid in Dublin, in neutral Ireland, claims 38 lives.
  • 1966-03-08 An IRA bomb destroyed Nelson's Column in Dublin

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1967-10-10 Brendan Behan's "Borstal Boy" premieres in Dublin

Irish Poet and Playwright Brendan Behan
Irish Poet and Playwright
Brendan Behan
  • 1968-01-08 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill travels to Dublin to meet with Irish Prime Minister Jack Lynch to continue discussions on matters of joint interest to the two governments
  • 1969-08-05 The UVF plant their first bomb in the Republic of Ireland, damaging the RTÉ Television Centre in Dublin
  • 1970-05-28 Arms Trial Begins: several men are charged in a Dublin court with conspiracy to illegally import arms for use by the Irish Republican Army (IRA)
  • 1970-07-02 Neil Blaney is found not guilty of illegal arms importation to the Irish Republican Army by a Dublin jury

  • 1970-10-13 A man dies in a premature bomb explosion in Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • 1970-10-23 Charles Haughey and two others are found not guilty of illegal arms importation by a Dublin jury; the 'Arms Trial' began on 28 May 1970
  • 1971-01-17 At a party conference in Dublin, Sinn Féin end their 65 year abstentionist policy and agree that any elected representative could take their seat at the Dáil
  • 1971-04-03 16th Eurovision Song Contest: Severine for Monaco wins singing "Un banc, un arbre, une rue" in Dublin
  • 1971-04-10 The Republican commemorations is held in Belfast of the Easter Rising (in 1916 in Dublin), revealing conflicts between the two wings of the Irish Republican Army
  • 1971-10-24 President of Sinn Féin Ruairi O'Brady, then (SF), address a SF Ard Fheis in Dublin, claiming that the North of Ireland must be made ungovernable as first step in achieving a united Ireland
  • 1971-12-30 A member of the Irish Republican Army is killed in a premature bomb explosion in Santry, Dublin.
  • 1972-02-02 Angry demonstrators burn the British Embassy in Dublin to the ground in protest at the shooting dead of 13 people on 'bloody sunday'
  • 1972-10-06 Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Jack Lynch closes the Sinn Féin office in Dublin
  • 1972-11-19 Leader of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) Seán MacStiofáin is arrested in Dublin
  • 1972-11-26 Bomb explosion at the Film Centre Cinema, in O’Connell Bridge House in Dublin
  • 1972-12-01 2 people killed and 127 injured when 2 car bombs explode in the centre of Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • 1973-01-20 A car bomb explodes in Sackville Place, Dublin, Republic of Ireland, killing 1 person and injuring 17 (no organisation claimed responsibility)
  • 1973-10-31 Three Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers escape from Mountjoy Prison in Dublin using a hijacked helicopter
  • 1974-10-10 The Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) and its political wing the Irish Republican Socialist Party (IRSP) founded at the Spa Hotel in the village of Lucan near Dublin
  • 1976-07-21 Christopher Ewart-Biggs, British Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland, and his secretary Judith Cook are assassinated by a bomb planted by the Provisional IRA in his car in Dublin
  • 1979-10-04 Hugh Leonards "Life" premieres in Dublin
  • 1981-02-14 Stardust Disaster: A fire in a Dublin nightclub kills 48 people
  • 1981-04-04 26th Eurovision Song Contest: Bucks Fizz for United Kingdom wins singing "Making Your Mind Up" in Dublin

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1988-04-30 33rd Eurovision Song Contest: Celine Dion for Switzerland wins singing "Ne partez pas sans moi" in Dublin

Singer Celine Dion
Singer
Celine Dion
  • 1990-04-24 Brian Friel's "Dancing at Lughnasa" premieres in Dublin
  • 1993-06-30 "Les Miserables" opens at Point Theatre, Dublin
  • 1994-04-30 39th Eurovision Song Contest: Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan for Ireland wins singing "Rock 'n' Roll Kids" in Dublin
  • 1995-05-13 40th Eurovision Song Contest: Secret Garden for Norway wins singing "Nocturne" in Dublin
  • 1996-06-26 Irish Journalist Veronica Guerin is shot in her car while in traffic in the outskirts of Dublin
  • 1997-05-03 42nd Eurovision Song Contest: Katrina and the Waves for United Kingdom wins singing "Love Shine a Light" in Dublin
  • 2004-05-01 Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia join the European Union, celebrated at the residence of the Irish President in Dublin.
  • 2011-10-08 Irish professional darts player Brendan Dolan plays 1st perfect 9 dart game on TV in semi-final against James Wade at PDC World Darts Championship in Dublin
  • 2013-06-06 Kevin Barry's City of Bohane wins the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
  • 2015-08-21 European Refugee Crisis: Germany makes it easier for Syrian refugees to claim asylum by suspending their Dublin Regulations
  • 2017-06-14 Leo Varadkar formally elected Irish Prime Minister (taoiseach) in Dáil ceremony in Dublin - youngest Irish Prime Minster at 38 and 1st openly gay

Famous Birthdays


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1667-11-30 Jonathan Swift, satirist (Gulliver's Travels, A Modest Proposal), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1745)

Author, Poet and Satirist Jonathan Swift
Author, Poet and Satirist
Jonathan Swift

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1737-05-02 William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne, Prime Minister of Great Britain (1782-83), born in Dublin, Kingdom of Ireland (d. 1805)

British Prime Minister William Petty
British Prime Minister
William Petty

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1769-05-01 Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington and British Prime Minister (Tory: 1828-30), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1852)

1st Duke of Wellington & British Prime Minister Arthur Wellesley
1st Duke of Wellington & British Prime Minister
Arthur Wellesley
  • 1782-07-26 John Field, Irish pianist and composer (Nocturnes), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1837)
  • 1794-05-17 Anna Brownell Jameson, writer, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1798-11-01 Benjamin Lee, Baronet Guinness, Irish brewer/Dublin mayor
  • 1833-06-04 Garnet Wolseley, 1st Viscount Wolseley, British army general, born in Dublin (d. 1913)
  • 1841-07-23 Edmund John Armstrong, Irish poet, born in Dublin (d. 1865)

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1847-11-08 Bram Stoker, Irish theater manager and author (Dracula), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1912)

Novelist Bram Stoker
Novelist
Bram Stoker

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1854-10-16 Oscar Wilde, [Fingal O'Flahertie Wills], (The Picture of Dorian Gray), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1900)

Writer and Poet Oscar Wilde
Writer and Poet
Oscar Wilde

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1856-07-26 George Bernard Shaw, dramatist (Pygmalion-Nobel 1925), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1950)

  • 1859-02-01 Victor Herbert, composer (Babes in Toyland, Kiss in Dark), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1860-10-03 Annie EF Horniman, England, theater owner (Abbey Theatre, Dublin)
  • 1869-05-19 Henry Horatio Dixon, Irish Biologist who originated the cohesion-tension theory of water and mineral movement in plants, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1879-06-09 Dudley Digges, Irish actor, born in Dublin (d. 1947)
  • 1879-10-15 Sara Allgood, Irish actress (Blackmail, Storm in a Teacup), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1950)
  • 1880-03-30 Sean O'Casey, Irish playwright (Juno and the Paycock), born in Dublin (d. 1964)
  • 1888-03-10 Barry Fitzgerald, actor (Acad Award-Going My Way), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1889-01-01 Tom Dugan, actor (Circus Clown, Drag, Skyway), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1892-09-20 Patricia Collinge, Irish-born American actress (Tender Comrade), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1974)
  • 1896-02-15 Arthur Shields, actor (River, Enchanted Island), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1899-06-07 Elizabeth Bowen, novelist (Death of the Heart, Encounters), born in Dublin, Ireland

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1904-01-26 Seán MacBride, Chief of Staff of the Irish Republican Army and founder of Amnesty International (Nobel 1974), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1988)

Irish Politician and Chief of Staff of the IRA Seán MacBride
Irish Politician and Chief of Staff of the IRA
Seán MacBride
  • 1904-03-15 George Brent, American actor (42nd St, Jezebel), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1979)
  • 1905-04-26 Denis O'Dea, actor (Esther & the King, Treasure Island), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1905-06-08 Brian Coffey, Irish poet (Avent), born in Dublin (d. 1995)
  • 1912-03-22 Wilfrid Brambell, actor (Hard Day's Night), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1912-11-24 Geraldine Fitzgerald, actress (Pawnbroker, Easy Money), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1913-03-29 Niall MacGinnis, actor (Curse of the Demon), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1918-10-13 Jack MacGowran, actor (King Lear, Exorcist), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1919-06-11 Richard Todd, Irish-born British actor (Dorian Gray, Assassin Yangtse Incident), born in Dublin (d. 2009)
  • 1919-07-15 Iris Murdoch, novelist (Severed Head, Unicorn), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1921-08-17 Maureen O'Hara [FitzSimons], Irish actress and singer (Miracle on 34th St, The Quiet Man), Ranelagh, County Dublin (d. 2015)

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1923-02-09 Brendan Behan, author/poet (Hostage), born in Dublin, Ireland

Irish Poet and Playwright Brendan Behan
Irish Poet and Playwright
Brendan Behan
  • 1924-03-08 Sean McClory, actor (Jack-Californians, My Chauffeur), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1926-06-02 Milo O'Shea, actor (Barbarella, Romeo & Juliet), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1929-07-11 David Kelly, actor (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fawlty Towers), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2012)
  • 1932-06-05 Christy Brown, novelist (My Left Foot, Down All the Days), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1938-12-28 Frank Kelly, Irish stage and screen actor (Father Ted), born in Dublin (d. 2016)
  • 1941-12-10 Fionnula Flanagan, actress (Rich Man Poor Man), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1945-02-17 Brenda Fricker, actress (My Left Foot), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1948-03-17 Fran Byrne, musician (Ace), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1948-03-30 Eddie Jordan, Irish motorsport F1 boss and TV commentator, born in Dublin
  • 1949-08-20 Phil Lynott, Irish rock musician (Thin Lizzy), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1986)
  • 1950-05-12 Gabriel Byrne, actor (Hello Again, Cool World), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1950-06-01 Gemma Craven, actress (Wagner, Story of Slipper & Rose), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1951-09-12 Berty Ahern, Drumcondra, Dublin, PM of Ireland (1997-2008)
  • 1952-03-31 Dermot Morgan, Irish actor and comedian (Father Ted Crilly-Father Ted), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1998)
  • 1954-12-07 Mike Nolan, Irish singer (Bucks Fizz-My Camera Never Lies), born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • 1956-02-13 Liam Brady, Irish soccer player, born in Dublin
  • 1957-09-10 Siobhan Fahey, rocker (Bananarama-Venus, Shakespear's Sister), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1959-05-21 Brisn Lenihan, Jnr, Irish politician and minister, born in Dublin (d. 2011)

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1960-05-10 Bono [Paul Hewson], rocker (U2-Joshua Tree), born in Dublin, Ireland

Rocker Bono
Rocker
Bono
  • 1961-04-09 Mark Kelly, keyboardist (Marillion-Real to Reel), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1961-10-31 Larry Mullen Jr, rock drummer (U2-I Will Follow), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1963-04-04 Graham Norton [Graham Walker], Irish comedian and TV presenter, born in Dublin
  • 1966-04-23 Jim Stynes [James], Hall of Fame Australian rules footballer (only foreigner to win Brownlow medal), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2012)
  • 1968-04-24 Aidan Gillen [Aidan Murphy], Irish actor (Queer as Folk, Game of Thrones), born in Dublin

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1970-09-21 Samantha Power, Irish American author and diplomat (US Ambassador to the UN), born in Dublin, Ireland

Journalist and Diplomat Samantha Power
Journalist and Diplomat
Samantha Power
  • 1972-08-15 Mikey Graham, Irish singer (Boyzone), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1974-10-01 Keith Duffy, Irish singer (Boyzone), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1976-03-17 Stephen Gately, Irish singer (Boyzone), born in Dublin, Ireland

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1976-05-31 Colin Farrell, Irish actor (In Bruges, Minority Report), born in Dublin, Ireland

  • 1976-07-03 Shane Lynch, Irish singer (Boyzone), born in Dublin, Ireland

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1977-03-03 Ronan Keating, Bayside Irish singer (Boyzone), born in Dublin, Ireland

  • 1979-01-18 Leo Varadkar, Irish politician, Prime Minister (2017-), born in Dublin, Ireland

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1878-12-04 Novelist Bram Stoker (31) weds Florence Balcombe (20) in Dublin, Ireland

Novelist Bram Stoker
Novelist
Bram Stoker

HeartWedding of Interest

1925-01-26 Politician Seán MacBride (21) weds Catalina Bulfin in Dublin, Ireland

Irish Politician and Chief of Staff of the IRA Seán MacBride
Irish Politician and Chief of Staff of the IRA
Seán MacBride

HeartWedding of Interest

1955-02-16 Playwright Brendan Behan (32) weds Beatrice Salkeld at Donnybrook Church in Dublin, Ireland

Irish Poet and Playwright Brendan Behan
Irish Poet and Playwright
Brendan Behan

HeartWedding of Interest

1999-07-04 Los Angeles Galaxy soccer star player David Beckham (24) weds Spice Girls singer Victoria Beckham (25) at the 560-acre Luttrellstown Castle outside Dublin, Ireland

Singer and Fashion Designer Victoria Beckham
Singer and Fashion Designer
Victoria Beckham
  • 2006-08-04 Former Miss Ireland Andrea Roche (30) weds PJ Mansfield at Church of The Nativity of the Blessed Mary in Saggart Village, Dublin

Famous Deaths

  • 1619-04-10 Thomas Jones, Archbishop of Dublin (b. c1550)
  • 1882-05-06 Frederick Cavendish, assassinated by Fenian Invincibles, in Dublin
  • 1882-05-06 Thomas Henry Burke, assassinated by Fenian Invincibles, in Dublin
  • 1974-03-12 Billy Fox, Protestant Dublin MP, assassinated
  • 1989-06-15 Ray McAnally, actor (My Left Foot, Empire State), dies in Dublin at 63