1974 in Ireland
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Other events of 1974
List of years in Ireland
- 2 January - The Northern Ireland Executive enjoys its first day in office.
- 15 February - A 600 pound bomb explodes in Dungannon.
- 24 April - The ESB announces that Carnsore Point on the Wexford coast will be the site of its nuclear power station.
- 26 April - Nineteen Old Master paintings from the Beit collection are stolen from Russborough House by a Provisional Irish Republican Army gang including English heiress Rose Dugdale.
- 8 May - The great hall of University College Dublin is to become a 900-seat concert hall and home of the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra.
- 14 May - Northern Ireland grinds to a halt as the Ulster Workers' Council calls a strike following the defeat of an anti-Sunningdale Agreement motion.
- 17 May - Dublin and Monaghan bombings: Thirty-three civilians are killed and almost 300 wounded in four car bomb explosions in Dublin and Monaghan in the Republic of Ireland by the Ulster Volunteer Force, the highest number of casualties in any one day during The Troubles. The UVF is widely suspected of receiving technical assistance from British security forces.
- 21 May - In Northern Ireland the Ulster Workers' Council Strike comes to an end.
- 28 May - The five-month old Northern Ireland Executive collapses.
- Late May - President Erskine Childers pays the first state visit by an Irish head of state to Europe when he visits Belgium with his wife, Rita. This follows the three-day state visit to Ireland by King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola of Belgium in May 1968.
- 14 June - Anatoli Kaplin, the first Soviet Ambassador to Ireland, visits President Childers at Áras an Uachtaráin.
- 17 July - The National Coalition's Contraceptive Bill is defeated in a vote in Dáil Éireann. The Taoiseach, Liam Cosgrave, is one of seven Fine Gael TDs who vote against their own bill.
- 1 September - Transition Year is introduced on a pilot basis in three schools.
- 21 September - Leader of the Opposition Jack Lynch says that Fianna Fáil would not support any proposal to repeal Articles 2 and 3 of the Constitution.
- 4 November - Powerscourt House in Enniskerry is destroyed by fire.
- 17 November - President Erskine Childers, fourth President of Ireland, dies suddenly aged 69. He has served less than 17 months of his seven-year term.
- 10 December - Seán MacBride is presented with the Nobel Prize for Peace.
- 19 December - Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh is sworn in as the fifth President of Ireland.
Arts and literature
- Jennifer Johnston's novel How Many Miles to Babylon? is published .
- First Kilkenny Arts Festival staged.
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January to June
- 1 January - Eva Birthistle, actress.
- 12 January - Thomas FitzGerald, Earl of Offaly (died 1997).
- 29 January - Niall Blaney, Teachta Dála who represented Donegal North–East.
- 4 April - Kieran Collins, AKA The Goalden Drifter, Footballer.
- 23 May - Maria McCool, singer.
- 28 May - Ryan Tubridy, RTÉ radio and television broadcaster.
- 17 May - Brídín Brennan, singer.
- 17 May - Andrea Corr, lead vocalist with The Corrs.
July to September
- 1 July - John Davy, cricketer.
- 1 July - Peter Davy, cricketer.
- 1 July - Olwyn Enright, Fine Gael Teachta Dála representing Laois–Offaly.
- 9 July - Gary Kelly, international soccer player.
- 19 July - Malcolm O'Kelly, international rugby player.
- 10 August - Gus Joyce, cricketer.
- 11 September - Karl Gannon, soccer player.
- September - Liam Donoghue, Galway hurler.
October to December
- 1 October - Keith Duffy, former singer and actor.
- 15 October - Barry McCrea, novelist.
- 21 October - Tony Sheridan, soccer player.
- 5 November - Gráinne Seoige, television broadcaster.
- 12 November - T. J. Ryan, former Limerick hurler.
- 18 November - Graham Coughlan, soccer player.
- 22 November - Finian Maynard, four time speed windsurfing world champion, holds the current speed world record for sailing vessels.
- 24 November - Peter Barry, former Kilkenny hurling player.
- 27 November - Roy O'Brien, soccer player.
- 4 December - Jason Molins, cricketer.
- 7 December - Brendan Kennedy, soccer player.
- 8 December - Ian Malone, member of British Army's Irish Guards, shot dead in Iraq (died 2003).
Full date unknown
January to June
- 4 January - Phelim Calleary, Fianna Fáil TD (born 1895).
- 15 February - Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander, cryptanalyst, chess player, and chess writer (born 1909).
- 9 March - Daniel O'Neill, artist (born 1920).
- 19 March - Austin Clarke, poet, playwright and writer (born 1896).
- 10 April - Patricia Collinge, actress and writer (born 1892).
- 28 May - Richard Belton, medical doctor, member of the 12th Seanad.
- 3 June - Michael Gaughan, Provisional Irish Republican Army hunger striker who died in Parkhurst Prison (born 1950).
- 30 June - Frank McKelvey RHA Belfast born
July to December
- 5 July - James Young, comedian (born 1918).
- 13 August - Kate O'Brien, novelist (born 1897).
- 17 November - Erskine Hamilton Childers, Fianna Fáil TD, Cabinet Minister and fourth President of Ireland (born 1905).
- 23 November - Cornelius Ryan, journalist and author (born 1920).
- 1 December - Dick Grace, 84, former Kilkenny hurler.
- 24 December - Michael F. Kitt, Fianna Fáil TD (born 1914).
- 25 December - Harry Kernoff, artist (born 1900).
- 27 December - Denis Farrelly, Fine Gael TD and senator (born 1912).
Full date unknown
- Liam Deasy, Irish Republican Army officer in the Irish War of Independence and the Irish Civil War (born 1898).
- Padraic Fallon, poet (born 1905).
- Bob Fullam, soccer player (born 1897).
- President Childers State Visit Irish Film & TV Research Online - Trinity College Dublin, May 1974.