1870 in Ireland
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Other events of 1870
List of years in Ireland
Events from the year 1870 in Ireland.
- 19 May — The Home Government Association is established by Isaac Butt to argue for devolution for Ireland and repeal of the Act of Union.
- 27 August — White Star's first ocean liner RMS Oceanic is launched by Harland and Wolff in Belfast.
- First Irish Land Act passed in an attempt to secure greater security of tenure for landholders.
- The building of Belfast Castle is completed, to a design by Charles Lanyon and his son.
- Work is completed on the building of the Albert Memorial Clock, Belfast, as a memorial to Queen Victoria's late Prince Consort, Prince Albert.
- First service is held in the new Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork (Church of Ireland).
- Belfast Hebrew Congregation is established.
Arts and literature
- The Water Colour Society of Ireland is founded as the Amateur Drawing Society by an informal group of six well-connected women from County Waterford.
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- 8 February — Beatrice Grimshaw, anthropologist (died 1953 in Australia).
- 8 February — Robert Pilkington, lawyer and politician who sat in Western Australian Legislative Assembly and British House of Commons (died 1942).
- 2 April — Edmund Dwyer-Gray, politician and 29th Premier of Tasmania in 1939 (died 1945).
- 17 April — Robert Tressell, writer and author of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (died 1911).
- 5 May — Armar Lowry-Corry, 5th Earl Belmore, High Sheriff and Deputy Lieutenant of County Fermanagh (died 1948).
- 25 June — Robert Erskine Childers, writer, nationalist, executed by Free State firing squad at the Beggar's Bush Barracks in Dublin (died 1922).
- 16 July — Lambert McKenna, Jesuit priest and writer (died 1956).
- 19 November — William MacCarthy-Morrogh, cricketer (died 1939).
- November — Thomas Moles, Ulster Unionist MP (died 1937).
- 17 March — John Keegan Casey, "poet of the Fenians" (born 1846).
- 25 April — Daniel Maclise, painter (born 1806).
- 31 May — Chartres Brew, Gold commissioner, Chief Constable and judge in the Colony of British Columbia (died 1815).
- 7 September — Hugh Talbot Burgoyne, recipient of the Victoria Cross for gallantry in 1855 in the Sea of Azov, Crimea (born 1833).
- 23 September — Thomas McCarthy, businessman and politician in Quebec (born 1832).
- 20 October — Michael William Balfe, composer (born 1808).
- 9 December — Patrick MacDowell, sculptor (born 1799).
- 12 December — Martin Cregan, portrait painter (born 1788).
- Undated — John Skipton Mulvany, architect (born 1813).
- Williams, Hywel (2005). Cassell's Chronology of World History. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. pp. 422–423. ISBN 0-304-35730-8.
- Lyons, F.S.L. (1985). Ireland Since the Famine.
- "Water Colour Society of Ireland: A Brief History". University of Limerick. Retrieved 2015-04-04.