1865 in Ireland
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Other events of 1865
List of years in Ireland
- 23 July — The SS Great Eastern sets out from Valentia Island on the first attempt to lay the transatlantic telegraph cable.
- Work begins on the building of the Albert Memorial Clock, Belfast, as a memorial to Queen Victoria's late Prince Consort, Prince Albert.
Arts and literature
- 23 December — Gustavus Vaughan Brooke concludes a farewell season in Belfast, playing the title role in Richard III.
- Augustus Burke paints Connemara Girl.
- Samuel Ferguson publishes his collected poems Lays of the Western Gael.
- 6 February — Andrew Claude de la Cherois Crommelin, astronomer (died 1939).
- 16 March — Patsy Donovan, Major League Baseball player and manager (died 1953).
- 17 March — Patrick Joseph Sullivan, mayor of Casper, Wyoming and Republican member of the United States Senate from Wyoming (died 1935).
- 20 April — James Macmahon, civil servant and businessman, Under-Secretary for Ireland from 1918 to 1922 (died 1954).
- 4 May — Charles A. Callis, member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (died 1947).
- 7 May — John MacBride, nationalist, rebel and Easter Rising leader, executed (died 1916).
- 8 May — Charles FitzClarence, soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross for gallantry in 1899 near Mafeking, South Africa, killed in action (died 1914).
- 13 June — William Butler Yeats, poet and dramatist (died 1939).
- 18 June — Henry Allan, painter (died 1912).
- 24 June — Harry Plunket Greene, baritone (died 1936).
- 15 July — Alfred Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Northcliffe, newspaper and publishing magnate (died 1922)
- 16 July — 'George A. Birmingham' (Rev. James Owen Hannay), novelist (died 1950)
- 16 October — Rudolph Lambart, 10th Earl of Cavan, British Army commander in World War I, later Chief of the Imperial General Staff and Field Marshal (died 1946).
- 12 November — Herbert Trench, poet (died 1923).
Full date unknown
- Thomas Kent, nationalist and rebel, executed following a gunfight with the RIC (died 1916).
- Alice Milligan, nationalist and poet (died 1953).
- Dermod O'Brien, painter (died 1945).
- Grace Rhys, novelist (died 1929).
- Robert Henry Woods, Irish Unionist MP (died 1938).
- 1 April — John Cuffe, 3rd Earl of Desart, Conservative politician. (born 1818).
- 23 May — Benjamin Holmes, businessman and politician in Quebec (born 1794).
- 14 July — Nathaniel Burslem, soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross for gallantry in 1860 at the Taku Forts, China (born 1838).
- 25 July — Dr James Barry, military surgeon, revealed on death to be a woman, probably Margaret Ann Bulkley (born 1789-1799).
- 31 August — John Farrell, soldier and recipient of the Victoria Cross for gallantry at the 1854 Charge of the Light Brigade (born 1826).
- 2 September — William Rowan Hamilton, mathematician, physicist, and astronomer (born 1805).
Full date unknown
- Glover, Bill. "Great Eastern". History of the Atlantic Cable & Undersea Communications. Retrieved 2013-03-21.