1984 in Ireland
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Other events of 1984
List of years in Ireland
Events from the year 1984 in Ireland.
- 1 January
- 10 January – Seán MacEntee, founder member of Fianna Fáil and former Tánaiste, died aged 94. He was the last surviving member of the First Dáil.
- 31 January – Ann Lovett, aged 15, died after giving birth to a baby boy in a grotto in Granard, County Longford. Reporting of this incident on The Gay Byrne Show uncovered many stories from listeners of rape, abortion and sexual abuse.
- 14 March – Sinn Féin MP Gerry Adams was shot and wounded in Belfast.
- 2 May – The New Ireland Forum published its report presenting three possibilities for discussion: a unitary Irish state, a federal/confederal state and joint sovereignty.
- 22 May – The village of Ballyporeen, County Tipperary prepared for the visit of U.S. President Ronald Reagan to his ancestral home.
- 1 June – United States President Ronald Reagan arrived at Shannon Airport to begin a state visit.
- 2 June – Ronald Reagan was at Galway, Ballyporeen, and the Phoenix Park.
- 3 June – Ten thousand people protested outside Ronald Reagan's state banquet in Dublin Castle.
- 4 June – Ronald Reagan addressed a joint session of the houses of the Oireachtas.
- 18 June – European Parliament elections held in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
- 13 July – Ford Motor Company assembly plant in Cork closed; closure of the Dunlop tyre factory in the same city had been announced previously and the Verolme Cork Dockyard was closed as a shipbuilder at the end of the year.
- 14 July – Columban missionary Fr. Niall O'Brien, who was imprisoned in the Philippines, was released.
- 17 July – Some workers in Dunnes Stores in Henry Street, Dublin refused to handle South African produce as a protest against apartheid.
- 23 July – The Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) rail service between Howth and Bray was inaugurated.
- 28 September – The Dublin telephone system collapsed due to network overload as a result of a phone-in competition on an illegal radio station.
- 1 October – The University of Ulster was presented with a Royal Charter by Elizabeth II.
- 5 October – In Dublin, women workers in Dunnes Stores, who have been on strike for the past 11 weeks in support of a dispute over the handling of South African fruit, began a sit-in at the store.
- 12 October – The Irish Republican Army killed five people in a bomb attack at the Grand Hotel in Brighton during the British Tory Party annual conference, narrowly missing Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
- 22 October – The first stage of the new Rice Bridge over the River Suir in Waterford was opened to road traffic.
- 5 November – The RTÉ Radio current affairs programme, Morning Ireland, was broadcast for the first time.
- 14 November – Irish Shipping Limited was placed in liquidation.
- 8 November – RTÉ Television's first newsreader, Charles Mitchel, delivered his final news bulletin.
- 2 December – European Economic Community heads of government visited President Hillery and Mrs. Hillery at Áras an Uachtaráin.
- 7 December – The most sophisticated naval vessel ever built in the country, the £25 million LÉ Eithne, was commissioned at the Haulbowline naval base.
Arts and literature
- May – The Irish Film Theatre closed at the end of the month due to insufficient box-office revenue.
- 24 June – The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) Solstice Rock Festival took place at Saint Anne's Park in Raheny.
- 8 July – The Slane Concert was headlined by Bob Dylan with support from In Tua Nua, UB40, and Santana, and with guests Van Morrison and Bono.
- October – Ronan Sheehan was awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature.
- 18 October – Van Morrison was in concert at the Simmonscourt Extension of the Royal Dublin Society.
- 31 October – The annual Oíche Shamhna fancy dress Céili Mór was held in Kilronan on the island of Inis Mór.
- December – Pat Murphy's film Anne Devlin was released, starring Brid Brennan, with Bosco Hogan as Robert Emmet.
- The literary Kate O'Brien Weekend in Limerick was celebrated for the first time.
- Cork City F.C. founded and elected to the League of Ireland Premier Division. Former Chelsea and Cork Celtic hero Bobby Tambling was the first manager appointed.
- Irish Grand National steeplechase won by Bentom Boy ridden by Mrs Ann Ferris, the first woman winner.
January to June
- 2 January – Denis Behan, soccer player.
- 6 January – Stephen Elliott, soccer player.
- 10 January – Alan McCormack, soccer player.
- 10 February – John Fitzgerald, soccer player.
- 22 February – Tommy Bowe, international rugby player.
- 4 March – Kevin O'Brien, cricketer.
- 8 March – Nora Jane Noone, actress.
- 17 March – David Collins, Galway hurler.
- 4 April – Willie O'Dwyer, Kilkenny hurler.
- 7 April – Bryan Cullen, Dublin Gaelic footballer.
- 11 April – Michael Cussen, Cork hurler.
- 13 May – Mark O'Brien, soccer player.
- 4 June – Kevin Hartnett, Cork hurler.
- 11 June – Andy Lee, boxer.
July to December
- 2 July – Ger O'Brien, soccer player.
- 5 July – Paul Keegan, soccer player.
- 21 August – Conor Kenna, soccer player.
- 6 September – Brian Murray, Limerick hurler.
- 2 October – Derek Pender, soccer player.
- 12 October – Anthony Nash, Cork hurler.
- 26 October – Martin Burke, actor and voice actor.
- 19 November – Stephen Bradley, soccer player.
- 30 November – Andrew O'Shaughnessy, Limerick hurler.
- 31 December – Anthony Flood, soccer player.
Full date unknown
- Pamela Fitzgerald, camogie player.
January to June
- 1 January – Tarlach Ó Raifeartaigh, Chairman of the Higher Education Authority; Secretary to the Department of Education; member of the Royal Irish Academy (born 1905).
- 10 January – Seán MacEntee, Fianna Fáil TD and Tánaiste from 1959 to 1965 (born 1889).
- 24 January – Bernard Cowen, Fianna Fáil TD and Minister of State (born 1932).
- 30 January – Luke Kelly, singer, folk musician and member of the band The Dubliners (born 1940).
- 11 February – Theodore William Moody, historian (born 1907).
- 3 March – Rinty Monaghan, world flyweight boxing championship (born 1920).
- 19 March – Charlie Ware, Waterford hurler (born 1900).
- 24 March – Fintan Kennedy, General President of IT&GWU, member of the Seanad from 1969 to 1981.
- 6 April – Jimmy Kennedy, songwriter (born 1902).
- 26 April – Kathleen Behan, mother of Brendan Behan (born 1889).
- June – Alec Mackie, soccer player (born 1903).
July to December
- 21 July – Paddy Grace, former Kilkenny hurler (born 1917).
- 8 August – Denis Johnston, dramatist (born 1901).
- 13 August – Jack Lawrence, cricketer (born 1904).
- 7 September – Liam O'Flaherty, novelist and short story writer (born 1896).
- 15 September – Charles Lynch, pianist (born 1906).
- 4 November – Fintan Coogan, Snr, Fine Gael TD (born 1910).
- 29 December – Robert Farren (Roibeárd Ó Faracháin), poet (born 1909).
- 30 December – William Bedell Stanford, classical scholar and senator (born 1911).
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