1977 in Ireland
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Other events of 1977
List of years in Ireland
- 29 January - Seven Irish Republican Army bombs explode in the West End of London, but there are no fatalities or serious injuries.
- 4 February - British police discover an IRA bomb factory in Liverpool.
- 10 February - The three IRA terrorists involved in the 1975 Balcombe Street Siege in London are sentenced to life imprisonment on six charges of murder.
- 21 February - A crater on the planet Mercury is named after the Irish poet W.B. Yeats.
- 29 May - A massive peace rally takes place in Belfast organized by Betty Williams, Mairéad Corrigan and Ciarán McKeown.
- 15 June - Fianna Fáil wins the 1977 general election with over 50% of the votes and a 20-seat majority
- 5 July - The 21st Dáil elects Jack Lynch as Taoiseach.
- 14 July - The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is granted recognition as a recognised college of the National University of Ireland.
- 10 August - Elizabeth II visits Northern Ireland as part of her Silver Jubilee celebrations under tight security.
- 10 September - Irish horses are prevented from entering the United States because of an outbreak of venereal disease in Irish, British and French horses.
- 18 September - In Ennis, County Clare, the Christian Brothers celebrate their 150th anniversary.
- 3 October - Dunsink Observatory near Finglas was badly damaged by fire. Rubble removed to the nearby municipal dump included valuable Apollo 11 moon rock fragments donated to Ireland by the American government.
- 10 October - The Peace Movement founders, Mairéad Corrigan and Betty Williams win the Nobel Prize for Peace.
- 18 November - The National Council for Educational Awards is given degree awarding status.
Arts and literature
- Irish poet Paul Muldoon's book Mules is published.
- August - The Boomtown Rats' debut single "Lookin' After No. 1", written by Bob Geldof, is released in the United Kingdom.
- The Rooney Prize for Irish Literature is awarded to Desmond Hogan.
- Publication of Niall Ó Dónaill's Irish-English dictionary Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla.
- Carroll's Irish Open is won by Hubert Green (USA).
- The Republic of Ireland national football team fail to qualify for the 1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina.
- In September Cork Hurlers complete the '3 in a row' by beating Wexford in the All-Ireland senior hurling final).
- Kerry footballers start on their road to '4 in a row' by beating Dublin in the All-Ireland senior football final).
January to March
- 6 January - David Flynn, composer and musician.
- 4 February - Lisa Burke, television weather forecaster.
- 7 February - Francis Barrett, boxer.
- 15 February - Damien Faulkner, motor racing driver.
- 16 February - Ian Clarke, software developer.
- 3 March - Ronan Keating, singer.
- 7 March - Ronan O'Gara, International rugby player.
- 16 March - Donal Óg Cusack, Cork hurling goalkeeper.
- 31 March - Finghin Collins, pianist.
April to June
- 1 April - Pádraic Joyce, Galway Gaelic footballer
- 14 April - Stephen Grant, soccer player
- 14 April - Trevor Malloy, soccer player
- 7 May - Lisa Kelly, singer
- 8 May - Joe Doyle, bass player.
- 12 May - Barry Foley, Limerick hurler
- 12 May - Laura Woods, television presenter and former radio continuity announcer
- 16 May - Robbie Ryan, soccer player
- 22 May - Seán Óg Ó hAilpín, Cork hurling and Gaelic football player
- 1 June - Thomas Byrne, Fianna Fáil TD for Meath East
- 1 June - Jamie Costin, race walker
- 15 June - P. J. Ryan, Kilkenny hurler
- 21 June - Barry Archer, cricketer
- 21 June - Michael Gomez, boxer
July to December
- 6 July - Ciara Durkin, member of the Massachusetts National Guard who died under mysterious circumstances while deployed in Afghanistan (died 2007).
- 6 July - Pearse Doherty, Sinn Féin Senator.
- 27 July - Jonathan Rhys Meyers, actor.
- 17 August - Colin Hawkins, soccer player.
- 18 August - Elaine Crowley, journalist, newsreader and television presenter
- 21 August - Anthony Lynch, Cork Gaelic footballer.
- 25 August - Dessie Baker, soccer player.
- 29 August - Aidan Lynch, soccer player.
- 31 August - Ian Harte, international soccer player.
- 7 September - Marcus Horan, international rugby player.
- 7 September - Timmy McCarthy, Cork hurling player.
- 15 September - Gavin Smith, motor racing driver.
- 15 November - Joe Deane, Cork hurling player.
- 11 December - Emma Ledden, television presenter.
- 13 December - Peter Stringer, rugby union player for Munster and Ireland.
- 27 December - Sinead Keenan, actress
Full date unknown
- John Browne, Cork hurler.
- Stephen Byrne, Offaly hurler.
- Ollie Canning, Galway hurler.
- Tom Mulligan, Dublin Gaelic footballer (died 2007).
- Genevieve O'Reilly, actress.
- Ste V Roc, hip-hop artist and MC.
- Anthony Ruby, artist.
- Donie Ryan, Limerick hurler.
- 5 January - Patrick Cogan, Independent TD (born 1903).
- 17 April - William Conway, Cardinal Archbishop of Armagh (born 1913).
- 24 April - Geoffrey Bing, lawyer and Labour politician in UK (born 1909).
- 1 August - Bill Loughery, cricketer (born 1907).
Full date unknown
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