1853 in Ireland
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- 12 May–31 October - Great Industrial Exhibition held in Dublin, promoted by William Dargan. Queen Victoria, accompanied by the Prince Consort and the Prince of Wales, pays an official visit on 29 August.
- 30 January - Leland Hone, cricketer (died 1896).
- 6 February - Robert John McConnell, businessman, baronet and Lord Mayor of Belfast (died 1927).
- 7 February - Egerton Bushe Coghill, painter (died 1921).
- 30 March - Frank O'Meara, artist (died 1888).
- March - John Doogan, soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross for gallantry in 1881 at Laing's Nek, South Africa (died 1940).
- 10 April - Owen Hall, theatre writer and critic (died 1907).
- 3 July - Aloysius O'Kelly, painter (d. c1941).
- July - Thomas Brennan, a founder and joint first secretary of the Irish National Land League (died 1912).
- 20 March - Robert James Graves, physician (born 1796).
- 14 April - Robert Baldwin Sullivan, lawyer, judge, and politician in Canada, second Mayor of Toronto (born 1802).
- 21 September - Timothy Burns, Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin from 1851 to 1853 (born 1820).
- 28 October - Valentine Lawless, 2nd Baron Cloncurry, politician (born 1773).