1941 in Ireland
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Other events of 1941
List of years in Ireland
- 2 January - Three Carlow women are killed in a night of bombing in parts of Leinster.
- 13 January - The poet and novelist James Joyce dies in Zurich.
- 24 January - Part of the old State Chambers in Dublin Castle are destroyed by fire.
- 21 February - First flight by a British Royal Air Force flying boat through the "Donegal Corridor", Irish airspace between its base in Northern Ireland and the Atlantic Ocean, a concession secretly agreed by Éamon de Valera.
- 6 March - 3,800 animals are slaughtered after the fiftieth case of foot-and-mouth disease is announced.
- 20 March - Bread rationing is introduced.
- 21 March - Glencullen (Capt. T. Waldron) and Glencree (Capt. D. McLean) machine-gunned by Luftwaffe in Bristol Channel.
- March 22 16:00 hours - Collier St. Fintan (Capt. N. Hendry) attacked by two Luftwaffe bombers, off the coast of Pembrokeshire and sunk with all hands - 9 dead.
- 26 March - Edenvale (Capt. T. Tyrrell) bombed and machine-gunned by Luftwaffe in Bristol Channel.
- 27 March - Lady Belle (Capt. T. Donohue) bombed and machine-gunned by Luftwaffe in Irish Sea.
- 2 April - Edenvale (Capt. T. Tyrrell) bombed and machine-gunned (again) by Luftwaffe in Bristol Channel.
- 15 April - The Belfast blitz 1,000 people are killed in bombing raids on Belfast. 71 fire men with 13 fire tenders from Dundalk, Drogheda, Dublin, and Dún Laoghaire cross the Irish border to assist their Belfast colleagues.
- 5 May - Belfast suffers its third bombing raid during World War II. The Dublin government authorises its emergency services to assist.
- 12 May - Menapia (Capt C Bobels) bombed and machine-gunned by Luftwaffe off Welsh coast - 2 wounded.
- 14 May - Five further outbreaks of foot-and-mouth diesase are reported.
- 17 May - Glenageary (Capt R. Simpson) bombed and machine-gunned by Luftwaffe in Irish Sea.
- 19 May - City of Waterford (Capt. W. Gibbons) bombed and machine-gunned by Luftwaffe off Welsh coast - 1 wounded.
- 26 May - A special sitting of Dáil Éireann unanimously condemns the introduction of conscription in Northern Ireland.
- 27 May - Speaking in the British House of Commons Prime Minister Winston Churchill rules out the introduction of conscription in the North.
- 30 May - Kyleclare (Capt. T. Hanrahan) bombed off Waterford coast.
- 31 May - Bombing of Dublin in World War II: 34 people are killed when the Luftwaffe bomb part of Dublin.
- 22 August - S.S. Clonlara (Capt. Joseph Reynolds) torpedoed and sunk by U-564 in North Atlantic, while in convoy OG71 ("Nightmare Convoy") - 13 survivors and 11 dead.
- 12 October - Charles Stewart Parnell, the uncrowned King of Ireland, is honoured in a huge pageant in Dublin.
Arts and literature
- Myles na gCopaleen's parodic novel An Béal Bocht is published.
- Louis MacNeice's poetry Plant and Phantom is published.
- Kate O'Brien's novel The Land of Spices is published; it is prohibited in Ireland by the Censorship of Publications Board.
- English poet John Betjeman becomes British press attaché in Dublin, living in Clondalkin.
- Winners: Cork United
- 31 March - Jim O'Keeffe, Fine Gael TD for Cork South–West.
- 18 April - Michael D. Higgins, Labour Party TD and former Cabinet Minister.
- 24 June - Gerard Clifford, Roman Catholic auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Armagh.
- 24 July - Tony Dunne, former soccer player.
- 27 August - Paddy Barry, former Cork hurler.
- 18 September - Michael Hartnett, poet (died 1999).
- 2 October - Donal Moynihan, former Fianna Fáil TD.
- 13 October - Mick Doyle, rugby player and coach, killed in car crash (died 2004).
- 20 October - Mike Murphy, former television and radio broadcaster.
- 11 November - Eddie Keher, former Kilkenny hurling player.
- 2 December - William Lee, Bishop of Waterford and Lismore (1993 - ).
- 10 December - Fionnuala Flanagan, actress.
Full date unknown
- Jonathan Bardon, historian and author.
- James Coleman, installation and video artist.
- Enda Colleran, former Gaelic footballer (died 2004).
- Cyril Dunne, former Galway Gaelic footballer.
- Paddy Flanagan, cyclist (died 2000).
- Eamon Grennan, poet.
- John Keogh, soccer player.
- Phil Larkin, former Kilkenny hurler.
- Caitlín Maude, poet, actress and traditional singer (died 1982).
- Derrick O'Connor, actor.
- Fiachra Trench, musician and composer.
January to June
- 6 January - F. R. Higgins, poet and theatre director (born 1896).
- 10 January - John Lavery, artist (born 1856).
- 13 January - James Joyce, writer and poet (born 1882).
- 15 February - Andrew Jameson, public servant, businessman and Seanad member (born 1855).
- 19 February - Hamilton Harty, conductor and composer (born 1879).
- 13 March - Finlay Jackson, cricketer and rugby player (born 1901).
- 1 April - Jennie Wyse Power, member of the Seanad from 1922 to 1936.
- 19 May - Lola Ridge, anarchist poet and editor (born 1873).
- 4 July - William John English, recipient of the Victoria Cross for gallantry in 1901 at Vlakfontein, South Africa (born 1882).
- 19 August - John T. Browne, Mayor of Houston, Texas (born 1845).
- 9 September - William Gerard Barry, painter (born 1864).
- 11 September - John MacLoughlin, elected for 9 years to Seanad from 1922 as an Independent.
- 11 October - Mildred Anne Butler, painter (born 1858).
- 26 November - James Jackman, recipient of the Victoria Cross for gallantry in 1941 at Tobruk, Libya. Killed in action the next day. (born 1916).
Full date unknown
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