2002 in Ireland
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Other events of 2002
List of years in Ireland
Events from the year 2002 in Ireland.
- 1 January – The euro currency is introduced across the European Union. The people of the Republic of Ireland adapt to the loss of the Irish pound without any major confusion.
- 9 January – Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev receives the Freedom of the City of Dublin.
- 7 March – A referendum on a proposal to amend the Constitution to remove the threat of suicide as a ground for legal abortion is narrowly defeated.
- 21 March – The third Coimisiún na Gaeltachta publishes its report on strengthening the role of the Irish language in the Gaeltacht.
- 2 April – Brendan Comiskey, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Ferns resigns after criticism of his handling of abuse cases in the diocese.
- 5 April – The first recruits of the new Police Service of Northern Ireland graduate.
- 17 May – 2002 general election: The Fianna Fáil-Progressive Democrats coalition is re-elected. It is the first government to be re-elected since 1969. Fianna Fáil achieve 80 seats, just four short of an overall majority. Fine Gael lose 23 seats and Labour remains static. Increased support for Sinn Féin results in four extra TDs. Michael Noonan resigns as leader of Fine Gael and Ruairi Quinn resigns as leader of the Labour Party.
- 1 June – The Republic of Ireland national football team begins its 2002 FIFA World Cup campaign. It will be knocked out in the second round.
- 11 October – Geraldine Kennedy is appointed the first female editor of The Irish Times.
- 14 October – As of midnight the Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive are suspended by order of the British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
- 19 October – Irish voters accept the Treaty of Nice in the second referendum held on the issue.
Arts and literature
- 10 August – Niall Bruton's sculpture "Waiting on Shore" is unveiled at Rosses Point.
- 26 September – Five Old Master paintings from the Beit collection are stolen from Russborough House, the fourth major art theft from this location.
- 25 October – Peter Mullan's film The Magdalene Sisters released in Ireland.
- The Chester Beatty Library in Dublin wins the European Museum of the Year Award.
- John Banville's novel Shroud is published.
- Ireland lose to England and France
- 2002 FIFA World Cup
- Group stage
- Republic of Ireland qualify for the second round of the World Cup
- Knockout stage
- Republic of Ireland 1-1 Spain (Spain win 3–2 on penalties)
- Republic of Ireland are knocked out at the second round of the World Cup
- January to June
- 6 May - Feargal McKeever
- January to June
- 14 January – Colm Hilliard, Fianna Fáil TD (born 1936).
- 16 January – Jim Tunney, former Fianna Fáil TD, Minister of State and Lord Mayor of Dublin (born 1923).
- 22 February – Paddy Ambrose, soccer player and coach (born 1930).
- 22 February – Brendan O'Dowda, tenor singer (born 1925).
- 27 February – Spike Milligan, comedian, poet and writer (born 1918 in the British Raj; died in England).
- 14 March – Kevin Danaher, folklorist and writer (born 1913).
- 8 May – Sylvester Barrett, former Fianna Fáil TD, Cabinet Minister and MEP (born 1926).
- 30 May – John B. Keane, playwright, novelist and essayist (born 1928).
- July to December
- 1 August – Brendan Menton Sr., soccer administrator and president of the Football Association of Ireland (born 1912).
- 28 August – Jim McFadden, ice hockey player (born 1920).
- 4 September – David Molony, lawyer, former Fine Gael TD and Seanad member (born 1950).
- 20 September – Pat Saward, soccer player (born 1928).
- 17 October – Derek Bell, harpist and composer (born 1935).
- 25 October – Richard Harris, actor (born 1930).
- 2 November – Brian Behan, writer and trade unionist (born 1926).
- 2 December – Jim Mitchell, former Fine Gael TD and Cabinet Minister (born 1946).
- 3 December – Glenn Quinn, actor (born 1970).
- 18 December – Lucy Grealy, poet and memoirist (born 1963).
- 24 December – Alan Clodd, book collector, dealer and publisher (born 1918).
- Full date unknown
- David Grene, classical scholar (born 1913).
- Frances Kelly, painter (born 1908).
- David Beers Quinn, historian (born 1909).
- Owen Walsh, artist (born 1933).
- "Report of the Gaeltacht Commission" (PDF). 2002. Retrieved 2012-08-21.
- McElhone, Patricia (2002-08-14), ""Waiting on the Shore" Sculpture Revealed", The Sligo Champion, retrieved 2014-06-24
- Lavery, Brian (17 July 2002). "Arts Abroad: An Irish Castle for Religious Manuscripts". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-03-21.