Irish History (Part 4)

Ireland: Cork - Dublin

Historical Events

Events 301 - 395 of 395

  • 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
  • 1975-08-13 Bayardo Bar attack: Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers carry out a gun and bomb attack on a pub in Belfast frequented by Ulster Volunteer Force commanders; 4 Protestant civilians and 1 UVF member are killed
  • 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
  • 1976-08-10 Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteer shot dead by the British Army as he drove in Belfast; his car out of control and kills 3 children, sparking "peace rallies" throughout the month by the 'Peace People'
  • 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
  • 1978-02-17 11 civilians and 1 RUC officer are killed and 30 wounded by a Provisional Irish Republican Army incendiary bomb at the La Mon Restaurant near Belfast
  • 1978-06-17 The Provisional Irish Republican Army kill an RUC officer and kidnap another near Crossmaglen, County Armagh
  • 1978-06-21 The British Army shoot dead 3 Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers and a passing Ulster Volunteer Force member at a postal depot on Ballysillan Road, Belfast; it is claimed that the PIRA volunteers were about to launch a bomb attack
  • 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
  • 1980-01-17 A Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb prematurely detonates on a passenger train near Belfast, killing three and injuring five (including the bombers)
  • 1980-04-19 25th Eurovision Song Contest: Johnny Logan for Ireland wins singing "What's Another Year" in The Hague
  • 1980-06-10 8 Provisional Irish Republican Army prisoners escape from Crumlin Road Gaol in Belfast using handguns smuggled into prison
  • 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
  • 1981-10-03 Irish Nationalist at Maze Prison near Belfast end 7-mo hunger strike
  • 1982-04-20 The Provisional Irish Republican Army explode bombs in Belfast, Derry, Armagh, Ballymena, Bessbrook and Magherafelt; 2 civilians are killed and 12 injured
  • 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
  • 1983-02-08 Champion thoroughbred Shergar kidnapped in Ireland; never found Lloyds of London pays $10.6 million insurance
  • 1983-02-27 Eamonn Coghlan of Ireland set indoor mile record of 3:49.78
  • 1984-06-02 Actress Jill Ireland has a radical mastectomy
  • 1984-10-14 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Smirnoff Ladies Irish Golf Open
  • 1985-06-23 Bomb destroys Air India Boeing 747 in air near Ireland, 329 die
  • 1986-04-01 US submarine Nathaniel Green runs aground in Irish Sea
  • 1986-06-27 In referendum, Irish uphold ban on divorce
  • 1986-06-28 Irish population condemns divorce
  • 1986-09-21 Kerry GAA beat Tyrone GAA in Croke Park during the All-Ireland Football Final by 2-15 to 1-10 thus winning the championship and a three-in-a-row.
  • 1987-05-09 32nd Eurovision Song Contest: Johnny Logan for Ireland wins singing "Hold Me Now" in Brussels
  • 1987-07-26 74th Tour de France won by Stephen Roche of Ireland
  • 1988-06-12 The Republic of Ireland beats England 1-0 at Euro88 thanks to a headed goal by Ray Houghton. This is Ireland's first competitive match at a major football tournament.
  • 1988-12-09 The Michael Hughes Bridge in Sligo, Ireland is officially opened.
  • 1989-08-17 32nd Walker Cup: Britain-Ireland, 12½-11½
  • 1990-11-07 Mary Robinson elected as 1st female president of Ireland
  • 1991-03-16 Members of Irish Gay & Lesbian Organization march in NYC parade
  • 1991-03-17 Irish Lesbians & Gays march in St. Patrick's Day parade
  • 1992-02-26 Irish Supreme Court rules 14 year old rape victim may get an abortion
  • 1992-04-11 Irish Republican Army bombs London financial district, killing 3
  • 1992-05-09 37th Eurovision Song Contest: Linda Martin for Ireland wins singing "Why Me" in Malmo
  • 1993-05-15 38th Eurovision Song Contest: Niamh Kavanagh for Ireland wins singing "In Your Eyes" in Millstreet
  • 1994-01-11 Irish government announces end of a 20-year broadcasting ban on IRA
  • 1994-04-30 39th Eurovision Song Contest: Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan for Ireland wins singing "Rock 'n' Roll Kids" in Dublin
  • 1994-08-31 The Provisional Irish Republican Army declares a ceasefire
  • 1994-11-17 Irish government of Reynolds resigns
  • 1994-12-15 John Bruton becomes Ireland's premier
  • 1995-09-10 35th Walker Cup: Britain-Ireland beats US, 14-10
  • 1995-11-24 Ireland votes to end 58-year-old amendment on divorce (50.28% to 49.72%)
  • 1995-12-15 Playboy goes back on sale after 36 year ban in Ireland
  • 1996-01-30 Gino Gallagher, the suspected leader of the Irish National Liberation Army, is killed while waiting in line for his unemployment benefit.
  • 1996-02-09 The Irish Republican Army declares the end of its 18 month ceasefire shortly followed by a large bomb in London's Canary Wharf.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996-02-23 "Trainspotting" directed by Danny Boyle based on the book by Irvine Welsh, starring Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle and Jonny Lee Miller opens in cinemas in the UK and Ireland

  • 1996-03-14 Crufts show at NEC Birmingham, (1995 winner, Joshua, an Irish setter)
  • 1996-05-18 41st Eurovision Song Contest: Eimear Quinn for Ireland wins singing "The Voice" in Oslo
  • 1996-06-22 29th Curtis Cup: Great Britain & Ireland wins 11-6
  • 1996-06-26 Irish Journalist Veronica Guerin is shot in her car while in traffic in the outskirts of Dublin
  • 1996-09-25 The last of the Magdalen Asylums closes in Ireland.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1998-11-26 Tony Blair becomes the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to address the Republic of Ireland's parliament.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair
British Prime Minister
Tony Blair
  • 2002-02-17 Westlife go to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'World Of Our Own.' The Irish boy band's 10th UK No.1 single.
  • 2004-03-29 The Republic of Ireland becomes the first country in the world to ban smoking in all work places, including bars and restaurants.
  • 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.
  • 2006-09-24 36th Ryder Cup: Europe wins 18.5-9.5 at The K Club, Ireland
  • 2007-01-01 Bulgaria and Romania officially join the European Union. Also, Bulgarian, Romanian, and Irish become official languages of the European Union, joining 20 other official languages.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2007-06-29 Enya receives an honorary doctorate from the National University of Ireland, Galway

Singer-Songwriter Enya
  • 2008-06-12 Ireland rejects the Lisbon Treaty in a referendum, thus putting into question the reform programme of the European Union.
  • 2008-09-25 The "Celtic Tiger" slides into recession for the first time in over two decades, recording a 0.5% fall in second quarter GDP, following a 0.3% decline in the first quarter
  • 2009-10-02 The economic crisis in Ireland is considered to be the driving force behind the largest migration of Irish people to London in 20 years, it is reported today
  • 2011-02-25 In the Irish general election, the Fianna Fáil-led government suffered the worst defeat of a sitting government since the formation of the Irish state in 1921.
  • 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
  • 2012-03-09 Senior members of hacking group Lulz Sec are arrested, including one member of the FBI, in the United States, United Kingdom and Ireland
  • 2012-03-22 Ireland returns to recession as GDP falls by 0.2% in the fourth quarter of 2011 following a fall of 1.1% in the third quarter

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015-05-19 Historic first handshake between Prince Charles and Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams at the National University of Ireland in Galway

His Royal Highness Prince Charles
His Royal Highness
Prince Charles
  • 2015-05-22 Ireland becomes 1st country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote
  • 2015-11-17 Ireland's 1st same-sex wedding takes place - Cormac Gollogly and Richard Dowling marry in Clonmel, County Tipperary
  • 2015-12-13 Irishman Conor McGregor knocks out Brazilian Jose Aldo in 13 seconds to win his 1st featherweight title in Las Vegas
  • 2016-09-25 PGA's FedEx Cup won by Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, prize money $10 million at East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 661

  • 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
  • 1938-05-06 Larry Gogan, Irish radio personality
  • 1938-05-07 Johnny Caldwell, Ireland, flyweight boxer (Olympic-bronze-1956)
  • 1938-06-19 John Sheil, Northern Irish High Court judge
  • 1938-08-03 Terry Wogan, British broadcaster (Eurovision Song Contest, Blankety Blank), born in Limerick, Ireland (d. 2016)
  • 1938-12-28 Frank Kelly, Irish stage and screen actor (Father Ted), born in Dublin (d. 2016)
  • 1939-12-08 James Galway, Belfast Ireland, flutist (18k gold flute, Royal Phil)
  • 1940-05-28 Maeve Binchy [Snell], Dalkey, Ireland, novelist (Light a Penny Candle), (d. 2012)
  • 1940-11-17 Luke Kelly, Irish folk music singer and banjo player
  • 1941-09-16 Tommy Carberry, Irish jockey
  • 1941-10-28 John Hallam, Irish actor
  • 1941-12-10 Fionnula Flanagan, actress (Rich Man Poor Man), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1942-05-08 Terry Neill, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1942-09-10 Danny Hutton, Ireland, rock vocalist (Three Dog Night)
  • 1942-09-14 Bernard MacLaverty, Northern Irish writer
  • 1942-10-14 Billy Harrison, Belfast Ireland, rock guitarist (Them)
  • 1943-05-22 Betty Williams, Northern Irish political activist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1943-06-03 Eddie McGrady, Northern Irish politician (SDLP) unseated Enoch Powell, Born in Downpatrick (d. 2013)
  • 1944-03-17 Pat McCauley, N Ireland, rock drummer (Them)
  • 1944-05-21 Mary Robinson, President of Republic of Ireland (Labour, 1990- )
  • 1944-06-05 Colm Wilkinson, Irish singer
  • 1945-01-27 Mairead Corrigan-Maguire, North Irish peace activist (Nobel 1976)
  • 1945-01-29 Jim Nicholson, Irish politician
  • 1945-02-17 Brenda Fricker, actress (My Left Foot), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1945-04-18 Margaret Hassan, Irish-born aid worker (d. 2004)
  • 1945-04-22 Alan Dukes, Irish president (Fine Gael
  • 1945-05-07 Christy Moore, Irish folk artist
  • 1945-07-20 Johnny Loughrey, Irish singer (d. 2005)
  • 1945-08-03 Eamon Dunphy, former Irish footballer
  • 1945-08-31 Van Morrison, Northern Irish musician
  • 1945-10-19 Patricia Ireland, feminist/president (National Organization of Women)
  • 1945-11-30 Michael Joyce, Irish stage manager and theatre director, born in Galway, Ireland (d. 1994)
  • 1945-12-08 John Banville, Irish novelist and journalist
  • 1946-02-09 Séan Neeson, Northern Irish politician
  • 1946-04-25 Peter Sutherland, CEO (Allied Irish Banks)
  • 1946-05-04 John Watson, Northern Irish racecar driver
  • 1946-05-25 Tommy Cecil, Irish ferryman, born Rathlin Island, County Antrim (d. 1997)
  • 1946-09-29 Alasdair Fraser, QC/director (Public Prosecutions for N Ireland)
  • 1946-12-01 Gilbert O'Sullivan, Ireland, singer (Alone Again Naturally)
  • 1947-03-05 Clodagh Rodgers, Irish singer
  • 1947-04-17 Linda Martin, Irish singer
  • 1947-04-23 Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, Ireland, political activist [or 1940]
  • 1947-05-09 Anthony Corlan, Cork City Ireland, actor (Something for Everyone)
  • 1947-05-18 John Bruton, Prime Minister (Republic of Ireland)
  • 1947-09-03 Eric Bell, rock guitarist (Thin Lizzy Belfast, N Ireland
  • 1947-10-26 Trevor Joyce, Irish poet
  • 1947-12-04 Terry Woods, Irish musician (The Pogues, Steeleye Span)
  • 1947-12-05 Tony Gregory, Irish politician
  • 1948-01-29 Pat Kenny, Irish TV presenter & radio host
  • 1948-01-30 Paul Magee, Provisional Irish Republican Army member
  • 1948-02-18 Sinead Cusack, Ireland, actress (Waterland, Revenge)
  • 1948-03-02 Rory Gallagher, Donegal, Irish rock guitarist and songwriter (See Here)
  • 1948-03-17 Fran Byrne, musician (Ace), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1948-04-04 Derek Thompson, Northern Irish actor
  • 1948-07-23 John Cushnahan, Northern Irish politician
  • 1948-08-30 Donnacha O'Dea, Irish poker player and swimmer
  • 1948-10-06 Gerry Adams, Northern Irish politician
  • 1949-03-17 Pat Rice, Northern Irish footballer and football manager
  • 1949-03-18 Alex "Hurricane" Higgins, Irish snooker player (2X world-champ)
  • 1949-04-01 Sammy Nelson, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1949-08-06 Alan Campbell, Northern Irish clergyman
  • 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
  • 1950-10-15 Chris De Burgh, [Davidson], Argent/Irish rock vocalist (Lady in Red)
  • 1951-02-04 Patrick Bergin, Irish actor
  • 1951-02-06 Margo [Margeret Catherine O'Donnell ], County Donegal Ireland, Irish singer
  • 1951-03-17 Scott Gorham, Irish hard rock guitarist (Thin Lizzy-21 Guns)
  • 1951-05-26 Madeleine Taylor-Quinn, Irish politician
  • 1951-06-20 Paul Muldoon, Northern Irish poet
  • 1951-06-27 Mary McAleese, President of Ireland
  • 1951-09-12 Berty Ahern, Drumcondra, Dublin, PM of Ireland (1997-2008)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1951-10-05 Bob Geldof, Irish singer (The Boomtown Rats) and activist (Live Aid), born in Dún Laoghaire, Ireland

Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist Bob Geldof
Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist
Bob Geldof
  • 1952-02-25 Joey Dunlop, Irish motorcycle racer (d. 2000)
  • 1952-03-01 Martin O'Neill, Northern Irish footballer and manager
  • 1952-03-18 Pat Eddery, Irish jockey (won Epsom Derby 3x), born in Newbridge, County Kildare (d. 2015)
  • 1952-03-31 Dermot Morgan, Irish actor and comedian (Father Ted Crilly-Father Ted), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1998)
  • 1952-04-04 Gary Moore, Irish rock guitarist (Skid Row-Oh Pretty Woman)
  • 1952-04-14 Mickey O'Sullivan, Irish sportsman
  • 1952-06-07 Liam Neeson, Irish actor (Schindler's List, Les Miserables), born in Ballymena, County Antrim
  • 1952-08-04 Moya Brennan, Irish singer
  • 1952-11-21 Eamonn Coghlan, Ireland, 1500m runner (Oly-4th-76)
  • 1953-02-15 Tony Adams, Irish film producer (d. 2005)
  • 1953-03-15 Richard Bruton, Irish politician
  • 1953-04-02 Jim Allister, Northern Irish politician

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1953-05-16 Pierce Brosnan, Irish actor (Remington Steele, Golden Eye), born in Drogheda, Ireland

  • 1953-08-26 Pat Sharkey, Irish footballer
  • 1953-09-26 Dolores Keane, Irish folk singer
  • 1954-03-09 Bobby Sands, Irish IRA member and leader of the hunger strike at Maze Prison where he died in 1981
  • 1954-03-16 Colin Ireland, Kent, England, serial killer ('Gay Slayer'/ Coleherne killer), (d. 2012)
  • 1954-05-13 Johnny Logan, Irish singer and songwriter
  • 1954-08-02 Sammy McIlroy, Irish soccer star (Manchester United), born in Belfast, United Kingdom
  • 1954-12-07 Mike Nolan, Irish singer (Bucks Fizz-My Camera Never Lies), born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • 1955-01-20 Joe Doherty, Ireland, IRA activist (jailed in US)

Famous Weddings

Famous Deaths

Deaths 301 - 313 of 313

  • 2013-10-08 Philip Chevron, Irish musician, dies from esophageal cancer at 56
  • 2013-11-11 Eddie McGrady, Northern Irish politician (SDLP) unseated Enoch Powell, dies at 78
  • 2013-12-14 Peter O'Toole, Irish actor, dies at 81
  • 2015-07-01 Val Doonican [Michael Valentine], Irish singer and entertainer, dies at 88
  • 2015-07-29 Peter O'Sullevan, Irish horse racing commentator 'the voice of racing', dies at 97
  • 2015-10-02 Brian Friel, Irish dramatist "Irish Chekhov" (Dancing at Lughnasa), dies at 86
  • 2015-10-24 Maureen O'Hara [FitzSimons], Irish-American actress and singer (Miracle on 34th St, The Quiet Man), dies at 95
  • 2015-11-10 Pat Eddery, Irish jockey (won Epsom Derby 3x), dies at 63
  • 2015-11-16 Stephen Birmingham, American author (Real Lace: America's Irish Rich, dies at 86
  • 2016-02-28 Frank Kelly, Irish stage and screen actor (Father Ted), dies at 77
  • 2016-06-14 Henry McCullough, Irish guitarist (Wings), dies at 72
  • 2016-08-07 Edward Daly, Irish Bishop "Bloody Sunday" priest, dies at 82
  • 2016-11-20 William Trevor, Irish-born writer (Children of Dynmouth, Fools of Fortune), dies at 88