Irish History (Part 4)

Ireland: Cork - Dublin

Historical Events

Events 301 - 355 of 355

  • 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 (Sinn Féin) declares a ceasefire in Northern Ireland
  • 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.

Film release premierFilm Release

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

Music releaseAlbum Release

2011-11-18 "The X Factor" group One Direction release their debut album "Up All Night" in Ireland and the UK

Singer Harry Styles
Harry Styles
Singer-songwriter Zayn Malik
Zayn Malik
  • 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

Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
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
  • 2017-03-03 Mass grave of 800 children and infants confirmed at a former Catholic care home in Tuam, Ireland
  • 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

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 650

  • 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)
  • 1940-05-28 Maeve Binchy [Snell], Irish novelist (Light a Penny Candle), born in Dalkey, Ireland (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, Irish rock vocalist (Three Dog Night)
  • 1942-09-14 Bernard MacLaverty, Northern Irish writer
  • 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 singer and songwriter, born in Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland
  • 1945-07-20 Johnny Loughrey, Irish singer (d. 2005)
  • 1945-08-03 Eamon Dunphy, former Irish footballer
  • 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, Irish businessman (Allied Irish Banks) and politician (Fine Gael), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2018)
  • 1946-05-04 John Watson, Northern Irish racecar driver, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 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, Irish singer (Alone Again Naturally)
  • 1947-03-05 Clodagh Rodgers, Irish singer
  • 1947-04-17 Linda Martin, Irish singer
  • 1947-04-23 Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, Irish political activist [or 1940]
  • 1947-05-09 Anthony Higgins, British actor (A Walk with Love and Death , Something for Everyone), born in East Northamptonshire, England
  • 1947-05-18 John Bruton, Prime Minister (Republic of Ireland)
  • 1947-10-26 Trevor Joyce, Irish poet (The Poems of Sweeny Peregrine), born in Dublin
  • 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, Irish 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
  • 1948-03-30 Eddie Jordan, Irish motorsport F1 boss and TV commentator, born in Dublin
  • 1948-04-04 Derek Thompson, Northern Irish actor (Charlie Fairhead - Casualty), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 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)
  • 1950-02-25 Neil Jordan, Irish director (Crying Game) and novelist, born in Sligo
  • 1950-05-12 Gabriel Byrne, actor (Hello Again, Cool World), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1950-05-23 Martin McGuinness, Irish Sinn Féin politician and IRA member, born in Derry (d. 2017)
  • 1950-06-01 Gemma Craven, actress (Wagner, Story of Slipper & Rose), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1950-10-15 Chris De Burgh, [Davidson], British-Irish rock vocalist (The Lady in Red), born in Venado Tuerto, Santa Fe Province, Argentina
  • 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 interestBob Geldof

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), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2011)
  • 1952-04-14 Mickey O'Sullivan, Irish sportsman

Person of interestLiam Neeson

1952-06-07 Liam Neeson, Irish-American actor (Schindler's List, Les Miserables), born in Ballymena, County Antrim

  • 1952-08-04 Moya Brennan, Irish singer (Máire), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1952-11-21 Eamonn Coghlan, Irish 1500m runner (Olympic 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, born in Listooder, Crossgar, Northern Ireland

Person of interestPierce Brosnan

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, born in Newtownabbey, Northern Abbey (d. 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
  • 1954-12-07 Mike Nolan, Irish singer (Bucks Fizz-My Camera Never Lies), born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • 1955-01-20 Joe Doherty, Irish IRA activist (jailed in US)
  • 1955-03-27 Patrick McCabe, Irish novelist (The Butcher Boy), born in Clones, County Monaghan
  • 1955-03-28 John Alderdice, Northern Irish politician, born in Ballymena, Northern Ireland
  • 1955-03-29 Brendan Gleeson, Irish actor and film director (Braveheart), born in Dublin
  • 1955-07-06 William Wall, Irish writer
  • 1955-10-05 Leo Barnes, Irish saxophonist (Hothouse Flowers-I'm Sorry, Don't Go)
  • 1956-02-13 Liam Brady, Irish soccer player, born in Dublin
  • 1956-02-28 Jimmy Nicholl, Canadian-born Northern Irish footballer
  • 1956-04-01 Peter O'Toole, Irish pop bassist (Hothouse Flowers-People)
  • 1956-05-24 Michael Jackson, Northern Irish clergyman
  • 1956-09-02 Angelo Fusco, Provisional Irish Republican Army member
  • 1956-11-18 Noel Brotherston, Northern Irish footballer (d. 1995)
  • 1957-03-17 Mal Donaghy, Northern Irish footballer

Famous Weddings

Famous Deaths

Deaths 301 - 314 of 314

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, 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
  • 2015-10-02 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
  • 2017-03-21 Martin McGuinness, Irish Sinn Féin politician and IRA member, dies of a heart condition at 66