Irish History (Part 3)

Ireland: Cork - Dublin

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 359

  • 1970-06-22 Irish socialist, republican and Member of Parliament, Bernadette Devlin, loses her appeal against a 6-month prison sentence imposed for taking part in riots in Derry
  • 1970-06-26 Two young girls die in a premature explosion in Derry after their father, a member of the Irish Republican Army, was making an incendiary device, presumably for use against the British Army
  • 1970-07-01 British Home Secretary Reginald Maudling visits N. Ireland and is reported as saying: "For God's sake bring me a large Scotch. What a bloody awful country!"
  • 1970-07-02 Neil Blaney is found not guilty of illegal arms importation to the Irish Republican Army by a Dublin jury
  • 1970-08-11 Two Royal Ulster Constabulary officers are killed by the Irish Republican Army when they set off a booby trap bomb planted in a car near Crossmaglen, County Armagh
  • 1970-10-13 A man dies in a premature bomb explosion in Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • 1970-11-09 The Irish School of Ecumenics is founded by Michael Hurley
  • 1970-11-16 Two men are shot dead by the Irish Republican Army (IRA)
  • 1971-02-06 The Irish Republican Army shoots and kills Gunner Robert Curtis, the first British soldier to die during the 'Troubles'
  • 1971-02-09 5 men are killed near a BBC transmitter on Brougher Mountain, County Tyrone, in a landmine attack carried out by the Irish Republican Army
  • 1971-03-08 Gun battle between Official Irish Republican Army and Provisional IRA leave 1 man killed; result of feud between two wings of the IRA developing since the split in 1970
  • 1971-03-09 Three off-duty Scottish soldiers are killed by the Provisional Irish Republican Army; 4000 shipyard workers take to the streets to demand internment in response
  • 1971-03-10 Three members of the Royal Highland Fusiliers (a regiment of the British Army) are killed by members of the Irish Republican Army
  • 1971-05-27 23rd Walker Cup: Britain-Ireland, 13-11
  • 1971-07-06 A member of the Official Irish Republican Army (OIRA) is killed in a premature explosion in County Tipperary, Republic of Ireland
  • 1971-09-23 2 members of the Official Irish Republican Army are killed in a premature bomb explosion
  • 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
  • 1971-10-31 The Irish Republican Army (IRA) explode a bomb at the Post Office Tower in London
  • 1971-11-22 A member of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) is killed in a premature bomb explosion in Lurgan, County Armagh
  • 1971-11-24 A woman is killed after members of the Irish Republican Army carry out an attack on British soldiers in Strabane, County Tyrone
  • 1971-11-27 Two Customs officials are shot by an Irish Republican Army sniper firinge upon a British Army patrol investigating a bomb attack on a Customs Post near Newry, County Armagh
  • 1971-12-18 Three members of the Irish Republican Army die when the bomb they were transporting explodes prematurely in King Street, Magherafelt, County Derry.
  • 1971-12-30 A member of the Irish Republican Army is killed in a premature bomb explosion in Santry, Dublin.
  • 1972-01-27 The British Army and the Irish Republican Army engage in gun battles near County Armagh; British troops fire over 1,000 rounds of amunition
  • 1972-02-01 Wings release "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" in UK
  • 1972-02-10 BBC bans "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" by Wings

Music releaseMusic Single

1972-02-25 Paul McCartney releases "Give Ireland back to the Irish" single

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1972-02-25 Attempted assassination of Irish Minister of State for Home Affairs John Taylor who is shot a number of times (the Official Irish Republican Army later claimed responsibility)
  • 1972-04-06 The Scarman Tribunal Report, an inquiry into the causes of violence during the summer of 1969 in N Ireland, is published, finding that the Royal Ulster Constabulary had been seriously at fault
  • 1972-04-16 Two British soldiers are shot dead by the Official Irish Republican Army (OIRA) in separate incidents in Derry
  • 1972-05-21 The Official Irish Republican Army (OIRA) kidnaps and shoots dead William Best (19), a soldier in the Royal Irish Rangers stationed in Germany whilst on leave at home
  • 1972-06-12 John Lennon's political "Sometime in NYC" released including "Woman is the Nigger of the World" "Attica State" & "Luck of the Irish"
  • 1972-06-14 Members of the NI Social Democratic and Labour Party hold a meeting with representatives of the Irish Republican Army in Derry; the IRA representatives outline their conditions for talks with the British Government
  • 1972-06-18 3 members of the British Army are killed by an Irish Republican Army (IRA) bomb in a derelict house near Lurgan, County Down
  • 1972-06-22 The Irish Republican Army announce that it would call a ceasefire from 26 June 1972 provided that there is a "reciprocal response" from the security forces
  • 1972-06-24 The Irish Republican Army (IRA) kill 3 British Army soldiers in a land mine attack near Dungiven, County Derry
  • 1972-06-26 IRA proclaims resistant in North-Ireland
  • 1972-06-26 The Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) begin a "bi-lateral truce" as at midnight
  • 1972-06-26 The Irish Republican Army (IRA) kill two British Army soldiers in separate attacks during the day

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972-07-18 Leader of the British Labour Party Harold Wilson holds meeting with representatives of the Irish Republican Army

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson
  • 1972-07-31 Operation Motorman: the British Army use 12,000 soldiers supported by tanks and bulldozers to re-take the "no-go areas" controlled by the Provisional Irish Republican Army
  • 1972-10-06 Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Jack Lynch closes the Sinn Féin office in Dublin
  • 1972-10-16 2 members of the Offical Irish Republican Army are shot dead by the British Army in County Tyrone
  • 1972-11-02 Goverment of the Republic of Ireland introduce a bill to remove the special position of the Catholic Church from the Irish Constitution
  • 1972-11-05 Vice-President of Sinn Féin Maire Drumm is arrested in the Republic of Ireland
  • 1972-11-19 Leader of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) Seán MacStiofáin is arrested in Dublin
  • 1972-11-24 Taoiseach Jack Lynch met with British Prime Minister Edward Heath in London to give Irish approval to Attlee's paper that said new arrangements should be 'acceptable to and accepted by the Republic of Ireland'
  • 1972-12-01 2 people killed and 127 injured when 2 car bombs explode in the centre of Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • 1972-12-28 2 people are killed in a Loyalist bomb attack on the village of Belturbet, County Cavan, Republic of Ireland
  • 1972-12-29 President of Sinn Féin Ruairi O Bradaigh is arrested and held under new legislation in Republic of Ireland
  • 1972-12-31 Martin McGuinness is arrested and held under the new Republic of Ireland legislation
  • 1973-01-01 Britain, Ireland & Denmark become 7th-9th members of Common Market
  • 1973-01-14 2 Royal Ulster Constabulary officers are killed in Derry by a booby-trap bomb attached to their car by the Irish Republican Army
  • 1973-01-20 A car bomb explodes in Sackville Place, Dublin, Republic of Ireland, killing 1 person and injuring 17 (no organisation claimed responsibility)
  • 1973-03-08 The Provisional Irish Republican Army undertakes its first operation in Great Britain, planting four car bombs in London; 10 members of PIRA are arrested at Heathrow Airport while trying to leave the country
  • 1973-03-14 Liam Cosgrave appointed president of Ireland
  • 1973-05-17 Five British Army soldiers are killed by a Provisional Irish Republican Army booby-trap bomb in Omagh, County Tyrone
  • 1973-06-12 Coleraine bombings: six Protestant civilians were killed and 33 wounded by a Provisional Irish Republican Army car bomb in Coleraine, County Londonderry
  • 1973-10-31 Three Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers escape from Mountjoy Prison in Dublin using a hijacked helicopter
  • 1974-02-04 Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb explodes on a bus in West Yorkshire, England, carrying British Army soldiers and some of their family members
  • 1974-04-15 78th Boston Marathon: Neil Cusack of Ireland 1st man in 2:13:39 and Miki Gorman of United States 1st woman in 2:47:11
  • 1974-05-15 Beginning of the Ulster Workers' Council strike called by Ulster loyalists and unionists who were against the Sunningdale Agreement, which proposed the sharing of political power with Irish nationalists
  • 1974-05-17 Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) explode four bombs in Republic of Ireland, killing 33 civilians, wounding 300 (highest number of casualties in a single incident during "The Troubles")
  • 1974-06-17 The Provisional Irish Republican Army bombs the Houses of Parliament in London, injuring 11 people and causing extensive damage
  • 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
  • 1974-11-25 Irish Republican Army is outlawed in Britain following deaths of 21
  • 1974-12-08 Irish Republican Socialist Party forms
  • 1974-12-22 Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb home of former UK Prime Minister, Edward Heath, just before announcing Christmas ceasefire
  • 1975-02-20 A feud begins between the official Irish Republican Army and the Irish National Liberation Army; the two groups assassinate a number of each other's volunteers until the feud ends in June 1975
  • 1975-06-22 Ulster Volunteer Force try to derail a train by planting a bomb on the railway line near County Kildare, Ireland; a civilian who tries to stop them is stabbed-to-death (his actions delay the explosion to let the train pass safely)
  • 1975-07-17 Four British soldiers are killed by a Provisional Irish Republican Army remote-controlled bomb near Forkill, County Armagh; the attack was the first major breach of a February truce
  • 1975-07-31 The Miami Showband killings: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), a loyalist paramilitary group, shoot dead three members of an Irish showband at Buskhill, County Down, Ireland
  • 1975-09-01 5 Protestant civilians are killed and 7 were wounded in a Provisional Irish Republican Army gun attack on Tullyvallen Orange Hall near Newtownhamilton, County Armagh
  • 1975-10-03 Ireland AKZO director Tiede Herrema kidnap
  • 1975-10-12 Archbishop Oliver Plunkett became 1st Irish-born saint in 7 centuries
  • 1975-11-07 Kidnapped AKZO director Herrema freed in Ireland
  • 1975-12-06 Balcombe Street Siege: for 6 days, four Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers hold two hostages at an apartment in London, England
  • 1976-01-23 The Provisional Irish Republican Army truce of February 1975 is officially brought to an end
  • 1976-05-15 The Provisional Irish Republican Army kill 3 Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) officers in County Fermanagh and 1 in County Down
  • 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
  • 1976-12-03 Patrick J Hillery elected President of Ireland
  • 1977-04-11 Ireland sets fishing zone at 50 mile
  • 1977-06-16 Fianna Fail party wins Irish elections
  • 1978-06-17 The Provisional Irish Republican Army kill an RUC officer and kidnap another near Crossmaglen, County Armagh
  • 1978-09-21 The Provisional Irish Republican Army explodes bombs at the RAF airfield near Eglinton, County Londonderry; the terminal building, two aircraft hangars and four planes are destroyed
  • 1979-03-22 The Provisional Irish Republican Army assassinate Richard Sykes, the British ambassador to the Netherlands, in Den Haag
  • 1979-03-30 Airey Neave, a British politician, is killed by a car bomb as he exits the Palace of Westminster. The Irish National Liberation Army claims responsibility.
  • 1979-04-17 Four Royal Ulster Constabulary officers are killed by a Provisional Irish Republican Army van bomb in Bessbrook, County Armagh; the bomb is believed to be the largest PIRA bomb used up to that point
  • 1979-08-27 The Earl Mountbatten of Burma, cousin of Queen Elizabeth II and last Viceroy of India, is killed along with three companions, two of them children by the IRA when his boat is blown up near Sligo, Ireland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979-09-29 Pope John Paul II becomes 1st pope to visit Ireland

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1979-12-05 Ireland premier Jack Lynch resigns
  • 1980-04-19 25th Eurovision Song Contest: Johnny Logan for Ireland wins singing "What's Another Year" in The Hague
  • 1980-08-01 Buttevant Rail Disaster kills 18 and injures dozens of train passengers in Ireland.
  • 1980-09-21 Kerry GAA beat Roscommon GAA in Croke Park during the All-Ireland Football Final by 1-9 to 1-6 thus winning the championship and a three-in-a-row.
  • 1981-01-21 Norman Stronge and his son James (both former Ulster Unionist Members of Parliament) are assassinated by the Irish Republican Army at their home Tynan Abbey, which is then burnt down
  • 1981-04-09 Irish hunger striker Bobby Sands wins a by-election to be elected as a Member of Parliament at Westminster; the law is later changed to prevent prisoners standing in elections
  • 1981-05-19 5 British Army soldiers are killed when their armoured vehicle is ripped apart by a Provisional Irish Republican Army roadside bomb near Bessbrook, County Armagh
  • 1981-07-17 Glasdrumman ambush: the Provisional Irish Republican Army attack a British Army post in South Armagh, killing 1 soldier and injuring another
  • 1982-07-20 Hyde Park and Regent's Park bombings: 11 British soldiers and 7 military horses killed in Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb attacks during military ceremonies in London
  • 1982-12-06 Droppin Well bombing: 11 British soldiers and 6 civilians are killed by an Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) time bomb at the Droppin’ Well Bar in Ballykelly, County Londonderry

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 657

  • 1907-09-12 Louis MacNeice, Irish poet (d. 1963)
  • 1907-10-28 John Harold Hewitt, Northern Irish poet (d. 1987)
  • 1908-05-10 Henry Diamond, Irish Nationalist MP

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1908-07-20 [Vincent] Mad Dog Coll, Irish-American mob hitman, born in Gweedore, Ireland (d. 1932)

Mob Hitman Mad Dog Coll
Mob Hitman
Mad Dog Coll
  • 1909-04-30 F. E. McWilliam, Irish sculptor (d. 1992)
  • 1909-10-28 Francis Bacon, Ireland, painter (Study for a Pope)
  • 1910-01-29 Colin Middleton, Irish artist (d. 1983)
  • 1911-05-17 Maureen O'Sullivan, Boyle Ireland, actress (Tarzan, Pride & Prejudice)
  • 1911-10-05 Flann O'Brien, Irish humorist (d. 1966)
  • 1912-01-20 Christopher Casson, Irish actor (Zardoz, Educating Rita)
  • 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
  • 1913-01-22 William Cardinal Conway, Northern Irish clergyman (d. 1977)
  • 1913-03-29 Niall MacGinnis, actor (Curse of the Demon), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1914-01-30 John Ireland, actor (Rawhide, Gunfight at OK Corral), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1914-07-30 Lord Killanin, Irish IOC president (d. 1999)
  • 1915-08-24 Ronald Ibbs, Irish actor (No Hiding Place, The Saint) (d. 1990)
  • 1917-05-21 Dennis Day, Irish tenor/comedian (Jack Benny Show, Danny Boy)
  • 1917-08-15 Jack Lynch, Irish politician, fourth Taoiseach (d. 1999)
  • 1918-02-07 Markey Robinson, Northern Irish painter (d. 1999)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1918-04-16 Spike Milligan, Irish-British actor and comedian (Digby, 3 Musketeers), born in Ahmednagar, Bombay, India (d. 2002)

Comedian and author Spike Milligan
Comedian and author
Spike Milligan
  • 1918-10-13 Jack MacGowran, actor (King Lear, Exorcist), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1919-05-01 Dan O'Herlihy, Ireland, actor (Fail Safe, Last Starfighter, Robocop)
  • 1919-06-10 Kevin O'Flanagan, Irish athlete and physician (d. 2006)
  • 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
  • 1919-08-15 Benedict Kiely, Irish author
  • 1920-08-27 James Molyneaux [Baron Molyneaux of Killead], MP (Ulster unionist), born in Killead, Ireland
  • 1920-10-12 Christy Ring, Irish hurler (d. 1979)
  • 1921-08-17 Maureen O'Hara [FitzSimons], Irish actress and singer (Miracle on 34th St, The Quiet Man), Ranelagh, County Dublin (d. 2015)
  • 1921-08-25 Brian Moore, Ireland, novelist (Catholics, Doctor's Wife)
  • 1921-10-26 George Forrest, Northern Irish MP (d. 1968)
  • 1921-11-22 Brian Cleeve, Irish broadcaster (d. 2003)
  • 1922-06-14 Kevin Roche, Irish architect
  • 1922-12-19 Eamonn Andrews, Irish-born television presenter (d. 1987)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Irish Poet and Playwright Brendan Behan
Irish Poet and Playwright
Brendan Behan
  • 1923-04-08 Edward Mulhare, Cork Ireland, actor (Daniel Gregg-Ghost & Mrs Muir)
  • 1923-05-05 Godfrey Quigley, Irish actor (Barry Lyndon, Educating Rita, Rooney), born in Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine (d. 1994)
  • 1923-05-24 Siobhan McKenna, Ireland, stage actress (Saint Joan)
  • 1923-09-20 Geraldine Clinton Little, Irish-born poet (d. 1997)
  • 1923-11-03 Tomás Cardinal Ó Fiaich, Northern Irish clergyman (d. 1990)
  • 1923-11-26 Patricia Phoenix, County Galway Ireland, actress (L Shaped Room)
  • 1924-03-08 Sean McClory, actor (Jack-Californians, My Chauffeur), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1924-07-11 Charlie Tully, Northern Irish footballer (d. 1971)
  • 1924-09-07 Bridie Gallagher, Donegal, Ireland, singer (A Mother's Love's A Blessing, The Boys from County Armagh), (d. 2012)
  • 1925-09-16 Charles Haughey, Irish president (1979-81, 82, 87-92)
  • 1926-02-09 Garret FitzGerald, Prime Minister of Ireland
  • 1926-03-30 Ray McAnally, Ireland, actor (My Left Foot, Empire State, Sicilian)
  • 1926-06-02 Milo O'Shea, actor (Barbarella, Romeo & Juliet), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1927-02-03 Val Doonican [Michael Valentine], Irish singer and entertainer, born in Waterford (d. 2015)
  • 1927-05-28 Norman Ireland, CEO (Bowater)
  • 1927-07-08 Maurice Hayes, Irish politician
  • 1927-08-24 William V Shannon, journalist/ambassador to Ireland (1977-81)
  • 1927-08-24 David Ireland, Australian author
  • 1927-09-26 Robert Blackburn, Irish educationist (d. 1990)
  • 1928-04-20 Johnny Gavin, Irish footballer (d. 2007)
  • 1928-05-01 Desmond Titterington, Northern Irish racer (d. 2002)
  • 1928-05-24 William Trevor, Irish-born writer (Children of Dynmouth, Fools of Fortune), born in Mitchelstown, Ireland (d. 2016)
  • 1929-01-09 Brian Friel, Irish dramatist "Irish Chekhov" (Dancing at Lughnasa), born in Omagh, County Tyrone, (d. 2015)
  • 1929-02-28 John Montague, Irish poet and 1st occupant of the Ireland Chair of Poetry, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1929-05-10 Robin Hill, 8th Marquess of Downshire, Irish peer and the Hereditary Constable of Hillsborough Fort
  • 1929-09-07 T[homas] P[atrick] McKenna, Ireland, actor (Rivals, Holocaust)
  • 1929-12-25 Irish McCalla, Pawnee City Neb, actress (Sheena Queen of Jungle)
  • 1930-01-12 Jennifer P Johnston, Irish author (Fool's sanctuary)
  • 1930-02-20 Willie Cunningham, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1930-04-12 Patrick Edmund Pery, 6th Earl of Limerick, Irish peer and public servant
  • 1930-06-12 Innes Ireland, Scottish racing driver (d. 1993)
  • 1930-08-23 Andy Ireland, (Rep-R-FL, 1977- )
  • 1930-09-23 Colin Blakely, Bangor N Ireland, actor (Shattered, Equus, King Lear)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1930-10-01 Richard Harris, Irish actor (Man Called Horse) and singer (MacArthur Park), born in Limerick, Ireland (d. 2002)

Actor and Singer Richard Harris
Actor and Singer
Richard Harris
  • 1930-11-17 Brian Lenihan, snr, Irish politician and minister, born in Dundalk, County Louth (d. 1995)
  • 1930-12-15 Edna O'Brien, Irish novelist and short story writer (Girl with Green Eyes, Casualties of Peace)
  • 1931-04-15 Kenneth Bloomfield, BBC governor (Ireland)
  • 1931-05-28 Stephen Birmingham, American author (Real Lace: America's Irish Rich), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2015)
  • 1931-07-04 Stephen Boyd [William Millar], Glengormley, County Antrim, Irish actor (Fantastic Voyage, Ben-Hur)
  • 1931-10-25 Jimmy McIlroy, Irish footballer and football manager
  • 1932-06-05 Christy Brown, novelist (My Left Foot, Down All the Days), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1932-08-02 Peter O'Toole, Ireland, actor (Lord Jim, Beckett, Lawrence of Arabia), (d. 2013)
  • 1932-10-02 Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, Longford, Ireland, paramilitary and political leader (Sinne Fein), (d. 2013)
  • 1932-10-25 Harry Gregg, Irish footballer and football manager
  • 1933-03-07 Jackie Blanchflower, Northern Irish footballer (d. 1998)
  • 1933-04-13 Shani Wallis, Ireland, singer/actress (Oliver)
  • 1933-05-14 Frank Harte, Irish singer and song collector
  • 1933-06-28 Gusty Spence, Northern Irish loyalist politician
  • 1933-12-05 Edward Daly, Irish Bishop "Bloody Sunday" priest, born in Belleek, County Fermanagh (d. 2016)
  • 1934-01-21 Audrey Dalton, Irish actress
  • 1934-04-25 Peter McParland, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1934-06-04 Seamus Elliott, Irish cyclist (d. 1971)
  • 1935-03-06 Ron Delany, Irish 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1956), born in Arklow, Republic of Ireland
  • 1935-03-29 Ruby Murray, Irish pop singer (Softly Softly)
  • 1935-05-08 Jack Charlton, soccer manager (Rep of Ireland)
  • 1935-07-11 Oliver Napier, Northern Irish politician
  • 1935-07-27 Billy McCullough, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1935-09-20 Keith J Roberts, England, writer (Irish Encounter, Ladies from Hell)
  • 1935-09-26 Joe Sherlock, Irish Labour Party politician (d. 2007)
  • 1936-03-15 David Andrews, Irish politician
  • 1936-04-05 John Kelly, Irish republican politician (d. 2007)
  • 1936-04-24 Jill Ireland, actress (Breakout, Assassination, Chino), born in London, England
  • 1936-07-06 Dave Allen, Irish comedian (d. 2005)
  • 1937-06-01 Rosaleen Linehan, Irish actress

Famous Weddings

Famous Deaths

Deaths 201 - 300 of 316

  • 1986-01-04 Phil Lynott, Irish rock musician (Thin Lizzy), dies of an overdose at 36
  • 1986-04-29 Seamus McElwaine, Irish IRA-terrorist, killed at 25
  • 1987-08-28 John Huston, US/Irish actor/director (Maltese Falcon), dies at 81

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1988-01-15 Sean MacBride, Ireland, commander of Irish Republican Army, dies at 83

Irish Politician and Chief of Staff of the IRA Seán MacBride
Irish Politician and Chief of Staff of the IRA
Seán MacBride
  • 1988-09-27 William V Shannon, US ambassador to Ireland (1977-81), dies at 61
  • 1988-12-07 Peter Langan, Irish restaurateur (Langans London), dies in fire

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1989-12-22 Samuel Beckett, Irish French writer (Molloy, Nobel 1969), dies at 83

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett
  • 1990-04-13 Ronald Ibbs, Irish actor, dies at 74
  • 1990-05-08 Tomas O'Fiach, [Tomas Seamus Fee], Irish cardinal-archbishop, dies
  • 1990-05-18 Jill Ireland, actress (Carry on Nurse, Family), dies of cancer at 54
  • 1990-07-16 Robert Blackburn, Irish educationist (b. 1927)
  • 1991-01-24 John M. Kelly, Irish politician and academic (b. 1931)
  • 1991-04-20 Sean O'Faolain, [J Whelan], Irish writer (Nest of Simple), dies at 91
  • 1992-01-09 William JF "Bill" Naughton, Irish/British playwright (Alfie), dies at 81
  • 1992-03-21 John Ireland, actor (Rawhide), dies of leukemia at 78
  • 1992-04-28 Francis Bacon, Irish/British abstract painter, dies at 82
  • 1992-05-13 F. E. McWilliam, Northern Irish sculptor (b. 1909)
  • 1992-08-25 Jan G Toonder, writer (Castle in Ireland), dies at 78
  • 1994-09-15 Michael Joyce, Irish stage manager and theatre director, dies at 48
  • 1995-03-29 Jimmy McShane, Irish singer (Baltimora), dies of aids at 37
  • 1995-04-14 Brian Coffey, Irish poet (Advent), dies at 89
  • 1995-05-06 Noel Brotherston, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1956)
  • 1995-06-14 Rory Gallagher, Irish rock guitarist (See Here), dies at 47
  • 1995-11-01 Brian Lenihan, snr, Irish politician and minister, dies at 64
  • 1995-12-25 Jimmy Boucher, cricketer (great Irish all-rounder 1929-54), dies
  • 1996-02-11 Bob Shaw, Irish science fiction writer, dies of cancer at 64
  • 1996-02-12 Bob Shaw, Northern Irish novelist (b. 1931)
  • 1996-05-07 Henry Diamond, Irish Nationalist MP, dies at 87
  • 1997-01-31 John Joseph Scanlan, Irish Catholic prelate (b. 1930)
  • 1997-09-21 Tommy Cecil, Irish ferryman, dies at 51
  • 1997-12-27 Billy Wright, Irish Protestant paramilitary leader (b. 1960)
  • 1998-02-28 Dermot Morgan, Irish actor and comedian (Father Ted Crilly-Father Ted), dies of a heart attack at 45
  • 1998-06-23 Maureen O'Sullivan, Irish actress (b. 1911)
  • 1998-09-02 Jackie Blanchflower, Irish footballer (b. 1933)
  • 1998-10-10 Tommy Quaid, Irish hurler (b. 1957)
  • 1999-01-11 Brian Moore, Irish-born writer (b. 1921)
  • 1999-01-28 Markey Robinson, Irish painter (b. 1918)
  • 1999-02-08 Iris Murdoch, Irish-born British writer (The Sea, The Sea), dies at 79
  • 1999-04-25 Lord Killanin, Irish International Olympic Committee president (b. 1914)
  • 1999-08-23 James White, Northern Irish writer (b. 1928)
  • 2000-07-02 Joey Dunlop, Irish motorcycle racer (b. 1952)
  • 2001-11-29 Mic Christopher, Irish singer and songwriter (b. 1969)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2002-02-27 Spike Milligan, Irish-British actor and comedian (Digby, 3 Musketeers), dies of kidney failure at 83

Comedian and author Spike Milligan
Comedian and author
Spike Milligan
  • 2002-04-13 Desmond Titterington, Northern Irish racecar driver (b. 1928)
  • 2002-10-17 Derek Bell, Irish harpist (The Chieftans) (b. 1935)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2002-10-25 Richard Harris, Irish actor (A Man Called Horse, This Sporting Life) and singer (MacArthur Park) dies of Hodgkin's disease at 72

Actor and Singer Richard Harris
Actor and Singer
Richard Harris
  • 2002-12-03 Glenn Quinn, Irish actor (b. 1970)
  • 2003-02-25 Tom O'Higgins, Irish Chief Justice (b. 1916)
  • 2003-03-11 Brian Cleeve, Irish author (b. 1921)
  • 2003-04-26 Max Nicholson, Irish environmentalist (b. 1904)
  • 2003-07-28 Lady Valerie Goulding, Irish politician and activist (b. 1918)
  • 2004-03-02 Cormac McAnallen, Northern Irish Gaelic footballer (b. 1980)
  • 2004-05-11 Mick Doyle, Irish rugby union footballer and coach
  • 2004-06-14 Eamonn McGirr, Irish-born singer and entertainer
  • 2004-10-28 Jimmy McLarnin, Northern Irish-born boxer (b. 1907)
  • 2004-11-16 Margaret Hassan, Irish-born aid worker (b. 1945)
  • 2005-01-07 Eileen Desmond, Irish politician (b. 1932)
  • 2005-02-17 Dan O'Herlihy, Irish actor (b. 1919)
  • 2005-03-10 Dave Allen, Irish comedian (b. 1936)
  • 2005-04-13 Johnny Loughrey, Irish singer (b. 1945)
  • 2005-06-27 Frank Harte, Traditional Irish Singer and song collector
  • 2005-07-17 Geraldine Fitzgerald, Irish-born actress (b. 1913)
  • 2005-09-08 Noel Cantwell, Irish cricketer and footballer (b. 1932)
  • 2005-10-22 Tony Adams, Irish film producer (b. 1953)
  • 2006-01-01 Hugh McLaughlin, Irish publisher and inventor (b. 1918)
  • 2006-03-28 Proinsias Ó Maonaigh, Irish musician (b. 1922)
  • 2006-05-26 Kevin O'Flanagan, Irish athlete and physician (b. 1919)
  • 2007-01-03 Michael Yeats, Irish Fianna Fáil senator 1961-1981 and son of W.B. Yeats (b. 1921)
  • 2007-01-08 David Ervine, Northern Irish politician (b. 1953)
  • 2007-02-17 Dermot O'Reilly, Irish-born Canadian musician, producer and songwriter (b. 1943)
  • 2007-06-24 Derek Dougan, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1938)
  • 2007-08-01 Tommy Makem, Irish folk singer (b. 1932)
  • 2007-08-21 Siobhan Dowd, British/Irish writer (b. 1960)
  • 2007-09-20 Johnny Gavin, Irish footballer (b. 1928)
  • 2007-10-02 Dan Keating, Irish politician (b. 1902)
  • 2007-11-03 Martin Meehan, Irish republican (b. 1945)
  • 2007-12-06 Katy French, Irish Supermodel and Socialite (b. 1983)
  • 2007-12-11 Christie Hennessy, Irish singer (b. 1945)
  • 2007-12-26 Joe Dolan, Irish singer and entertainer (b. 1943)
  • 2008-01-01 Peter Caffrey, Irish actor (b. 1949)
  • 2008-01-09 William Quinn, Irish Republican Army soldier (b. 1950)
  • 2008-04-12 Patrick 'Paddy' Hillery, 6th President of Ireland, EEC Commissioner and Irish Minister (b. 1923)
  • 2008-05-09 Nuala O'Faolain, Irish journalist (b. 1942)
  • 2008-05-15 Robert Dunlop, Northern Irish motorcycle racer, younger brother of Joey Dunlop (b. 1960)
  • 2008-07-09 Séamus Brennan, Irish politicain (b. 1948)
  • 2009-07-19 Frank McCourt, Irish-American author. (b. 1930)
  • 2009-09-14 Darren Sutherland, Irish boxer (b. 1982)
  • 2009-10-10 Stephen Gately, Irish singer (Boyzone) (b. 1976)
  • 2009-12-03 Richard Todd, Irish-born British actor (Dorian Gray, Assassin Yangtse Incident), dies at 90
  • 2010-04-30 Gerry Ryan, Irish radio broadcaster (b. 1956)
  • 2010-05-26 Kieran Phelan, Irish senator (b. 1949)
  • 2010-07-24 Alex Higgins, Northern Irish snooker player (b. 1949)
  • 2011-02-06 Gary Moore, Irish musician (b. 1952)
  • 2011-05-19 Garret FitzGerald, Irish politician and former Taoiseach (b. 1926)
  • 2011-06-10 Brian Lenihan, Jnr, Irish politician and minister dies of cancer at 52
  • 2012-01-09 Bridie Gallagher, Irish singer, dies at 87
  • 2012-02-12 David Kelly, Irish actor, dies at 82
  • 2012-02-21 Colin Ireland, British 'Gay Slayer' serial killer, dies at 57
  • 2012-06-23 Alan McDonald, Northern Irish footballer, dies from an apparent heart attack at 48
  • 2012-07-30 Maeve Binchy, Irish novelist, dies at 72