Irish History (Part 4)

Ireland: Cork - Dublin

Historical Events

Events 301 - 350 of 350

  • 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

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.

Historic Event

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

  • 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 Ryder Cup Golf, K Club, Ireland: Europe, captained by Ian Woosnam wins convincingly 18½-9½ for 3rd consecutive Cup victory
  • 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.

Music History

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

  • 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

Album Release

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Sports History

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 Tour Championship Men's Golf, East Lake GC: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland wins in a playoff with Kevin Chappell & Ryan Moore; biggest winner's prize in golf, US$10m
  • 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 Minister at 38 and 1st openly gay

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 631

  • 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 (d. 2017)
  • 1941-10-28 John Hallam, British character actor, born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland (d. 2006)
  • 1941-12-10 Fionnula Flanagan, Irish actress (Rich Man Poor Man), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1942-05-08 Terry Neill, Northern Irish soccer defender (59 caps; Arsenal, Hull City FC) and manager (Hull City FC, Tottenham, Arsenal), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2022)
  • 1942-09-10 Danny Hutton, Irish-American rock vocalist (Three Dog Night - "One"; "Joy To The World"; "Black And White"), born in Buncrana, Donegal, Ireland
  • 1942-09-14 Bernard MacLaverty, Northern Irish writer (Grace Notes), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1943-05-22 Betty Williams, Northern Irish political activist (Nobel Peace Prize 1976), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2020)
  • 1943-06-03 Eddie McGrady, Northern Irish politician (SDLP) unseated Enoch Powell, Born in Downpatrick (d. 2013)
  • 1944-03-17 Pat McCauley, Northern Irish rock keyboardist and drummer (Them - "Here Comes The Night") (d. 1984)
  • 1944-05-21 Mary Robinson, Irish politician, President of the Republic of Ireland (1990-97), born in Ballina, Ireland
  • 1944-06-05 Colm Wilkinson, Irish singer (Les Misérables), born in Drimnagh, Ireland
  • 1945-01-27 Mairead Corrigan-Maguire, North Irish peace activist (Nobel 1976)
  • 1945-02-17 Brenda Fricker, actress (My Left Foot), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1945-04-18 Margaret Hassan, Irish aid worker in Iraq, born in Dalkey, County Dublin, Ireland (d. 2004)
  • 1945-04-22 Alan Dukes, Irish Fine Gael politician, born in Drimnagh, Dublin, Ireland
  • 1945-05-07 Christy Moore, Irish folk singer and songwriter, born in Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland
  • 1945-07-20 Johnny Loughrey, Irish singer, born in Newtownstewart, Northern Ireland (d. 2005)
  • 1945-08-03 Eamon Dunphy, Irish footballer, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1945-10-19 Patricia Ireland, American feminist (National Organization of Women president, 1991-2001), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • 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 on Rathlin Island, County Antrim (d. 1997)
  • 1946-09-29 Alasdair Fraser, Scottish-born Northern Irish lawyer, director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland, born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2012)
  • 1946-12-01 (Raymond) "Gilbert" O'Sullivan, Irish singer-songwriter ("Alone Again Naturally"), born in Waterford, Ireland
  • 1947-03-05 Clodagh Rodgers, Irish singer ("Come Back and Shake Me"), born in Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland
  • 1947-04-17 Linda Martin, Irish singer and TV presenter, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1947-04-23 Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, Irish political activist, born in Cookstown, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
  • 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, Irish politician, Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland (1994-97), born in, Dunboyle, Ireland
  • 1947-10-26 Trevor Joyce, Irish poet (The Poems of Sweeny Peregrine), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1947-12-04 Terry Woods, Irish folk, rock, and celtic punk mandolin, cittern, and banjo player and songwriter (The Pogues; Steeleye Span), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1947-12-05 Tony Gregory, Irish politician, born in Dublin
  • 1948-01-29 Pat Kenny, Irish TV presenter & radio host
  • 1948-01-30 Paul Magee, Provisional IRA member, born in Belfast, Ireland
  • 1948-02-18 Sinead Cusack, Irish actress (Waterland, Revenge), born in Dalkey, Ireland
  • 1948-03-02 Rory Gallagher, Irish rock and blues guitarist and songwriter ("Born on the Wrong Side of Time"), born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal, Ireland (d. 1995)
  • 1948-03-17 Fran Byrne, Irish musician (Ace), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1948-03-30 Eddie Jordan, Irish motorsport F1 boss and TV commentator, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1948-04-04 Derek Thompson, Northern Irish actor (Charlie Fairhead - Casualty), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1948-07-23 John Cushnahan, Northern Irish politician, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1948-08-30 Donnacha O'Dea, Irish poker player and swimmer

Gerry Adams

1948-10-06 Gerry Adams, Northern Irish politician (President of Sinn Féin, 1983-2018), born in the Ballymurphy, Belfast, Northern Ireland

  • 1949-03-17 Pat Rice, Irish soccer defender and coach (49 caps; Arsenal, Watford), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1949-03-18 Alex "Hurricane" Higgins, Irish snooker player (2x world-champ), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2010)
  • 1949-04-01 Sammy Nelson, Irish soccer left back (51 caps Northern Ireland; Arsenal), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1949-08-06 Alan Campbell, Northern Irish clergyman
  • 1949-08-20 Phil Lynott, Irish rock singer and bass player (Thin Lizzy - "The Boys Are Back In Town"), born in West Bromwich, England. (d. 1986)
  • 1949-10-15 Chris De Burgh {Davison], British-Irish pop and art rock singer-songwriter ("The Lady In Red"), born in Venado Tuerto, Santa Fe Province, Argentina
  • 1950-02-25 Neil Jordan, Irish director (Crying Game) and novelist, born in Sligo
  • 1950-05-12 Gabriel Byrne, Irish actor (Hello Again; Cool World), born in Dublin, Ireland

Martin McGuinness

1950-05-23 Martin McGuinness, Irish Sinn Féin politician and IRA member, born in Derry, Northern Ireland (d. 2017)

  • 1950-06-01 Gemma Craven, actress (Wagner, Story of Slipper & Rose), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1951-02-04 Patrick Bergin, Irish actor
  • 1951-02-06 Margo [Margeret Catherine O'Donnell], Irish singer, born in County Donegal, Ireland
  • 1951-03-17 Scott Gorham, American rock guitarist (Thin Lizzy - "Jailbreak"; "21 Guns"), born in Glendale, California
  • 1951-05-26 Madeleine Taylor-Quinn, Irish politician
  • 1951-06-20 Paul Muldoon, Northern Irish poet
  • 1951-06-27 Mary McAleese, 8th President of Ireland (1997-2011), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1951-09-12 Berty Ahern, Prime Minister of Ireland (1997-2008), born in Drumcondra, Dublin, Ireland

Bob Geldof

1951-10-05 Bob Geldof, Irish singer (The Boomtown Rats - "I Don't Like Mondays") and activist (Live Aid), born in Dún Laoghaire, Ireland

  • 1952-02-25 Joey Dunlop, Irish motorcycle racer (d. 2000)
  • 1952-03-01 Martin O'Neill, Northern Irish soccer midfielder (64 caps; Nottingham Forest) and manager (Rep of Ireland; Leicester City, Celtic, Aston Villa, Sunderland), born in Kilrea, Northern Ireland
  • 1952-03-18 Pat Eddery, Irish jockey (11 x British flat racing Champion Jockey; 3 x Epsom Derby), born in Newbridge, Republic of Ireland (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 Gaelic football manager and player, born in Kenmare, Ireland

Liam Neeson

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

  • 1952-08-04 Moya Brennan [Máire Ní Bhraonáin], Irish folksinger and harpist (Clannad; 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

Pierce Brosnan

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

  • 1953-09-26 Dolores Keane, Irish folk singer, born in Sylane, County Galway, Ireland
  • 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 [Seán Sherrard], Irish celtic-pop singer and songwriter ("Hold Me Now"), born in Frankston, Australia
  • 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), born in Belfast, Ireland
  • 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 (This is the Country), born in Cork City, Ireland
  • 1955-10-05 Leo Barnes, Irish saxophonist (Hothouse Flowers - "I'm Sorry", "Don't Go")
  • 1956-02-13 Liam Brady, Irish footballer, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1956-02-28 Jimmy Nicholl, Canadian-born Northern Irish footballer
  • 1956-05-24 Michael Jackson, Northern Irish clergyman (Archbishop of Dublin), born in Lurgan, County Armagh, Northern Ireland
  • 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
  • 1957-09-10 Siobhan Fahey, Irish rock singer and musician (Bananarama - "Venus"; Shakespears Sister - "Stay"), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1957-09-16 David McCreery, Irish footballer (Newcastle United), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1957-11-06 Siobhán McCarthy, Irish singer and actress (Roisin Connor-Bad Girls), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1957-11-18 Seán Mac Falls, Irish-born poet
  • 1957-11-27 Kenny Acheson, Northern Irish racecar driver

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths

Deaths 301 - 308 of 308

Maureen O'Hara

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 (11 x British flat racing Champion Jockey; 3 x Epsom Derby), dies from a heart attack 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
  • 2016-08-08 Edward Daly, Irish Bishop "Bloody Sunday" priest, dies at 82
  • 2016-11-20 William Trevor, Irish writer (Children of Dynmouth, Fools of Fortune), dies at 88

Martin McGuinness

2017-03-21 Martin McGuinness, Irish Sinn Féin politician and IRA member, dies of the rare heart condition amyloidosis at 66