Irish History (Part 3)

Ireland: Cork - Dublin

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 350

  • 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, addresses a party conference in Dublin and proclaims that the North of Ireland must be made ungovernable as a first step to achieve 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 ammunition
  • 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

Music releaseAlbum Release

1972-06-12 John Lennon's political album "Sometime in NYC" released including the songs "Woman is the Nigger of the World", "Attica State" and "Luck of the Irish"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 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 The Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) kill two British Army soldiers in separate attacks during the day and at midnight begins a "bi-lateral truce"

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 Government 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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'

British Prime Minister Edward Heath
British Prime Minister
Edward Heath
  • 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 takes men's race in 2:13:39; American Miki Gorman women's winner 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; attack 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 Provisional Irish Republican Army assassinates Richard Sykes, the British ambassador to the Netherlands, in Den Haag

UKPalace of Westminster

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.
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The Palace of Westminster, London
The Palace of Westminster, London
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979-08-27 1st 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

Supreme Allied Commander and Last Viceroy of India Lord Mountbatten
Supreme Allied Commander and Last Viceroy of India
Lord Mountbatten

BeatificationPapal Visit

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
  • 1981-05-19 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
  • 1983-02-08 prize stallion and Derby winner 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
  • 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.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 638

  • 1909-04-30 F. E. McWilliam [Frederick Edward], Northern-Irish surrealist sculptor (Four Seasons Group), born in Banbridge, County Down (d. 1992)
  • 1909-10-28 Francis Bacon, Irish-British abstract painter (Study for a Pope), born in Dublin (d. 1992)
  • 1910-01-29 Colin Middleton, Irish artist (d. 1983)
  • 1911-05-17 Maureen O'Sullivan, Irish actress (Tarzan, Pride & Prejudice, Hannah and Her Sisters), born in Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland (d. 1998)
  • 1911-10-05 Brian O'Brien, Irish novelist (At Swim-Two-Birds), born in Strabane, County Tyrone, Ireland (d. 1966)
  • 1912-01-20 Christopher Casson, Irish-English actor (Zardoz, Educating Rita, The Riordans), born in Manchester, Lancashire, England
  • 1912-03-22 Wilfrid Brambell, Irish actor (Hard Day's Night, Steptoe and Son), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1985)
  • 1912-11-24 Geraldine Fitzgerald, Irish actress (Pawnbroker, Easy Money), born in Greystones, County Wicklow, Ireland (d. 2005)
  • 1913-01-22 William Cardinal Conway, Northern Irish clergyman (d. 1977)
  • 1913-03-29 Niall MacGinnis, Irish character actor (Curse of the Demon, Helen of Troy), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1977)
  • 1914-01-30 John Ireland, Canadian actor (All the King's Men, Rawhide, Gunfight at OK Corral), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 1992)
  • 1914-07-30 Lord Killanin, Irish 6th International Olympic Committee President (1972-80), born in London (d. 1999)
  • 1915-08-24 Ronald Ibbs, Irish actor (No Hiding Place, The Saint), born in Hendon, Middlesex, England (d. 1990)
  • 1916-05-21 Dennis Day [Owen Patrick Eugene McNulty], Irish-American tenor and comedian (Jack Benny Show, Danny Boy), born in New York City (d. 1988)
  • 1917-08-15 Jack Lynch, Irish politician, fourth Taoiseach, born in Shandon, Cork, Ireland (d. 1999)
  • 1918-02-07 Markey Robinson, Northern Irish painter (d. 1999)

Person of interestSpike Milligan

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

Comedian and author Spike Milligan
Comedian and author
Spike Milligan
  • 1918-10-13 Jack MacGowran, Irish actor (King Lear, The Quiet Man, The Exorcist), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1973)
  • 1919-05-01 Daniel "Dan" O'Herlihy, Irish actor (Twin Peals, Fail Safe, Last Starfighter, Robocop), born in County Wexford, Ireland (d. 2005)
  • 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 and broadcaster, born in Dromore, County Tyrone, Ireland (d. 2007)
  • 1920-08-27 James Molyneaux [Baron Molyneaux of Killead], MP (Ulster unionist), born in Killead, Ireland (d. 2015)
  • 1920-10-30 Christy Ring, Irish hurler (Cork 65 games, scoring tally [33-208], 8 x All-Ireland medals), born in Cloyne, Ireland (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, Irish novelist (Catholics, Doctor's Wife), born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 1999)
  • 1921-10-26 George Forrest, Northern Irish politician (d. 1968)
  • 1921-11-22 Brian Cleeve, Irish broadcaster (d. 2003)
  • 1922-06-14 Kevin Roche, Irish architect (Pritzker Prize winner, 1982), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2019)
  • 1922-12-19 Eamonn Andrews, Irish-born television presenter (d. 1987)

Person of interestBrendan Behan

1923-02-09 Brendan Behan, Irish author and poet (Borstal Boy, The Hostage), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1964)

Irish Poet and Playwright Brendan Behan
Irish Poet and Playwright
Brendan Behan
  • 1923-04-08 Edward Mulhare, Irish actor (Knight Rider), born in Cork, Ireland (d. 1997)
  • 1923-05-05 Godfrey Quigley, Irish actor (Barry Lyndon, Educating Rita, Rooney), born in Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine (d. 1994)
  • 1923-05-24 Siobhán McKenna [Cionnaith], Irish stage actress (Saint Joan, The Chalk Garden), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 1986)
  • 1923-09-20 Geraldine Clinton Little, Irish poet (A Little Bouquet), born in Northern Ireland (d. 1997)
  • 1923-11-03 Tomás Cardinal Ó Fiaich, Northern Irish clergyman (d. 1990)
  • 1923-11-26 Patricia "Pat" Phoenix, British actress (Coronation Street, L Shaped Room), born in Fallowfield, Manchester, England (d. 1986)
  • 1924-03-08 Sean McClory, Irish actor (The Californians, My Chauffeur), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2003)
  • 1924-07-11 Charlie Tully, Northern Irish footballer (d. 1971)
  • 1924-09-07 Bridie Gallagher, Irish singer (A Mother's Love's A Blessing, The Boys from County Armagh), born in Donegal, Ireland (d. 2012)
  • 1925-09-16 Charles Haughey, Irish Taoiseach (1979-81, 82, 87-92), born in Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland (d. 2006)
  • 1926-02-09 Garret FitzGerald, Prime Minister of Ireland
  • 1926-03-30 Ray McAnally, Irish actor (The Mission, My Left Foot, Empire State, Sicilian), born in Buncrana, County Donegal, Ireland (d. 1989)
  • 1926-06-02 Milo O'Shea, Irish character actor (Barbarella, Staircase and Mass Appeal, Romeo & Juliet), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2013)
  • 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, American journalist and ambassador to Ireland (1977-81), born in Worchester, Massachusetts (d. 1988)
  • 1927-08-24 David Ireland, Australian author (The Unknown Industrial Prisoner), born in Lakemba, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1927-09-26 Robert Blackburn, Irish educationist (International Baccalaureate Organisation), born in Kilkenny, Ireland (d. 1990)
  • 1928-04-20 Johnny Gavin, Irish footballer, born in Limerick, Ireland (d. 2007)
  • 1928-05-01 Desmond Titterington, Northern Irish racer (d. 2002)
  • 1928-05-24 William Trevor, Irish writer (Children of Dynmouth, Fools of Fortune), born in Mitchelstown, Ireland (d. 2016)
  • 1928-12-25 Irish McCalla, American actress and artist (Sheena Queen of Jungle), born in Pawnee City, Nebraska (d. 2002)
  • 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. P. McKenna [Thomas Patrick McKenna], Irish actor (Rivals, Holocaust), born in Mullagh, Ireland (d. 2011)
  • 1930-01-12 Jennifer Johnston, Irish author (Fool's sanctuary), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1930-02-20 Willie Cunningham, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1930-04-12 Patrick Edmund Pery, 6th Earl of Limerick, Irish peer and public servant, born in London
  • 1930-06-12 Innes Ireland, Scottish racing driver, born in Mytholmroyd, West Riding of Yorkshire, England (d. 1993)
  • 1930-08-23 Andy Ireland, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives from Florida), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1930-09-23 Colin Blakely, Northern-Irish character actor (Shattered, Equus, King Lear), born in Bangor, County Down (d. 1987)

Person of interestRichard Harris

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), born in Tuamgraney, County Clare, Ireland
  • 1931-04-15 Kenneth Bloomfield, BBC governor (Ireland), born in Belfast, Northern 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], Irish actor (Fantastic Voyage, Ben-Hur), born in Glengormley, County Antrim, Northern Ireland (d. 1977)
  • 1931-10-25 Jimmy McIlroy, Irish footballer and football manager, born in Lambeg, Ireland
  • 1932-06-05 Christy Brown, novelist (My Left Foot, Down All the Days), born in Dublin, Ireland

Person of interestPeter O'Toole

1932-08-02 Peter O'Toole, Irish actor (Lord Jim, Beckett, Lawrence of Arabia), born in Leeds (d. 2013)

  • 1932-10-02 Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, Irish paramilitary and political leader of Sinn Féin, born in Longford, Ireland (d. 2013)
  • 1932-10-27 Harry Gregg, Irish soccer goalkeeper (25 caps Northern Ireland; Manchester United) and manager (Shrewsbury Town, Swansea, Crewe Alexandra), born in Magherafelt, Northern Ireland (d. 2020)
  • 1933-03-07 Jackie Blanchflower, Northern Irish footballer (d. 1998)
  • 1933-04-13 Shani Wallis, Irish-American singer and actress (Oliver), born in Tottenham, Middlesex, England
  • 1933-05-14 Frank Harte, Irish singer and song collector
  • 1933-06-28 Gusty Spence, Northern Irish loyalist politician and leader of the paramilitary Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2011)
  • 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, born in Newry, Ireland
  • 1934-06-04 Seamus Elliott, Irish road bicycle racer (first English speaker to win stages in all Grand Tours), born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland (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), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 1996)
  • 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, born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland
  • 1935-09-20 Keith Roberts, English writer (Irish Encounter, Ladies from Hell), born in Kettering, Northamptonshire (d. 2000)
  • 1935-09-26 Joe Sherlock, Irish Labour Party politician, born in Kildorrery, Republic of Ireland (d. 2007)
  • 1936-03-15 David Andrews, Irish politician
  • 1936-04-05 John Kelly, Irish republican politician, born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 2007)
  • 1936-04-24 Jill Ireland, English actress (Breakout, Assassination, Chino), born in London, England (d. 1990)
  • 1936-07-06 Dave Allen, Irish comedian (Dave Allen Show), born in Firhouse, Dublin (d. 2005)
  • 1937-06-01 Rosaleen Linehan, Irish actress, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1938-05-06 Larry Gogan, Irish radio personality (Raidió Teilifís Éireann), born in Dublin
  • 1938-05-07 Johnny Caldwell, Irish flyweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1956), born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 2009)
  • 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)

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths

Deaths 201 - 300 of 311


Person of interestSeán MacBride

1988-01-15 Seán MacBride, Chief of Staff of the Irish Republican Army and founder of Amnesty International (Nobel 1974), 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, American journalist and ambassador to Ireland (1977-81), dies at 61
  • 1988-12-07 Peter Langan, Irish restaurateur (Langans London), dies in fire

Person of interestSamuel Beckett

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 (No Hiding Place, The Saint), dies at 74
  • 1990-05-08 Tomas O'Fiach, [Tomas Seamus Fee], Irish cardinal-archbishop, dies
  • 1990-05-18 Jill Ireland, English actress (Carry on Nurse, Family), dies of cancer at 54
  • 1990-07-16 Robert Blackburn, Irish educationist (International Baccalaureate Organisation), dies at 62
  • 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 Bill Naughton [William John Francis Naughton], English playwright (Alfie), dies at 81
  • 1992-03-21 John Ireland, Canadian actor (All the King's Men, Rawhide, Gunfight at OK Corral), dies of leukaemia at 78
  • 1992-04-28 Francis Bacon, Irish-British abstract painter (Study for a Pope), dies at 82
  • 1992-05-13 F. E. McWilliam [Frederick Edward], Northern-Irish surrealist sculptor (Four Seasons Group), dies at 83
  • 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 sci-fi 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 (Tarzan, Pride & Prejudice, Hannah and Her Sisters), dies at 87
  • 1998-09-02 Jackie Blanchflower, Irish footballer (b. 1933)
  • 1998-10-10 Tommy Quaid, Irish hurler (b. 1957)
  • 1999-01-11 Brian Moore, Irish novelist (Catholics, Doctor's Wife), dies at 77
  • 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 6th International Olympic Committee President (1972-80), dies at 84
  • 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 interestSpike Milligan

2002-02-27 Spike Milligan, Irish-British actor and comedian (The Goon Show, 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, dies at 73
  • 2002-10-17 Derek Bell, Irish harpist (The Chieftans) (b. 1935)

Person of interestRichard Harris

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, dies at 98
  • 2003-07-28 Lady Valerie Goulding, Irish politician and activist (b. 1918)
  • 2004-05-11 Mick Doyle, Irish rugby union footballer & coach, dies at 64
  • 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 aid worker in Iraq, abducted at 59 (presumed dead)
  • 2005-01-07 Eileen Desmond, Irish politician (b. 1932)
  • 2005-02-17 Daniel "Dan" O'Herlihy, Irish actor (Twin Peaks, Fail Safe, Last Starfighter, Robocop), dies of natural causes at 85
  • 2005-03-10 Dave Allen, Irish comedian (Dave Allen Show), dies at 68
  • 2005-04-13 Johnny Loughrey, Irish singer, dies at 59
  • 2005-06-27 Frank Harte, Traditional Irish Singer and song collector
  • 2005-07-17 Geraldine Fitzgerald, Irish actress (Pawnbroker, Easy Money), dies of complications from Alzheimer's disease at 91
  • 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 & inventor, dies at 77
  • 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, dies at 79
  • 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, dies at 24
  • 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, dies at 58
  • 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, dies at 68
  • 2008-05-15 Robert Dunlop, Northern Irish motorcycle racer, younger brother of Joey Dunlop, dies after a crash at 47
  • 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 rock guitarist (Skid Row-Oh Pretty Woman), dies at 58
  • 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 (Grandpa Joe-Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fawlty Towers), dies of pneumonia and lung cancer 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 [Snell], Irish novelist (Light a Penny Candle), dies at 72
  • 2013-06-05 Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, Irish paramilitary and political leader of Sinn Féin, dies at 80

Person of interestSeamus Heaney

2013-08-30 Seamus Heaney, Irish poet and playwright (Nobel Prize in Literature 1995), dies at 74

  • 2013-10-08 Philip Chevron, Irish musician (Pogues-Peace & Love), dies from esophageal cancer at 56
  • 2013-11-11 Eddie McGrady, Northern Irish politician (SDLP) unseated Enoch Powell, dies at 78