2009 in Ireland

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2009 in Ireland saw the nationalisation of Anglo Irish Bank, the loss of thousands of jobs at the Dell plant in Limerick and the Waterford Crystal plant in Waterford as unemployment levels broke state records, while extreme weather conditions disrupted schools, and air and road traffic, but not 15,000 students who protested on the streets of Dublin or 120,000 workers who followed them.

Taoiseach Brian Cowen described 2009 as the most challenging of his career in politics.[1]

Incumbents[edit]

Events[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

Extreme weather occurred across Ireland in February (Pictured: Ballycullen Road near Tallaght on 3 February).
Ireland's largest bank robbery took place at the Bank of Ireland's College Green branch in February.

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

Ireland's oldest brewery in Cork since at least 1650 closed its doors in May. (Pictured: A 1919 advertisement for Beamish Stout)

June[edit]

July[edit]

  • 1 July – A woman died after falling 20 metres off the Mweelrea mountains in County Mayo.[46]
  • 3 July – GOAL charity aid workers Sharon Commins and Hilda Kawuki were abducted from their compound in Darfur.[47][48]
  • 3 July – A child in Roxboro National School in County Roscommon was found to have a case of swine influenza.[49]
  • 6 July – The Treaty of Lisbon Bill was published.[50]
  • 7 July – A 61-year-old woman was stabbed to death in Castlebar, County Mayo.[51] Her son was charged with her murder the following day.[52]
  • 10 July – Ronnie Dunbar was sentenced to life imprisonment for the manslaughter of Melissa Mahon.[53]
  • 12 July – The Broadcasting Act[54] changed the spelling of the national broadcaster from Radio Telefís Éireann to Raidió Teilifís Éireann.
  • 16 July – The report of the Special Group on Public Service Numbers and Expenditure Programmes, also called An Bord Snip Nua, was published by University College Dublin economist Colm McCarthy. It recommended €5.3 billion in potential savings, including 17,300 public service job cuts and a five percent drop in social welfare.[55]
  • 23 July – The Defamation and Criminal Justice (Amendment) Bills became law, after being signed by President Mary McAleese.[56]
  • 30 July – Draft legislation to establish the National Asset Management Agency was published. The Bill proposed to give NAMA extensive powers to take over land and development loans from banks in an effort to get them lending again and supporting economic recovery.[57]

August[edit]

Former President Mary Robinson received the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom from U.S. President Barack Obama
  • 5 August – A murder investigation was launched after a woman's body was discovered under a tree in Phoenix Park.[58][59] The woman was later found to be 50-year-old Eugenia Bratis from Timişoara in Romania, who had been in Ireland for several months.[60][61] Her torso was stabbed several times.[62]
  • 12 August – Former President Mary Robinson received the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama at a ceremony in the White House in Washington, D.C., with Obama declaring her to have "not only shown a light on human suffering, but illuminated a better future for our world".[63][64][65]
  • 21 August – A section of the main Dublin to Belfast railway line collapsed in Malahide in north Dublin. A 20-metre section of viaduct on the Broadmeadow estuary, between Malahide and Donabate gave way.[66] A preliminary assessment carried out on 24 August identified significant erosion of the seabed as a possible reason for the collapse.[67] The viaduct reopened to traffic on 16 November.[68]

September[edit]

Muhammad Ali visited Ennis in September where he was made the first Honorary Freeman of the town.

October[edit]

The second referendum on the Treaty of Lisbon; Ireland voted Yes, Donegal voted No.
  • 19 October – The River Suir Bridge opened to traffic as part of the N25 Waterford Bypass. The 230 metre main span was the longest single bridge span in the country.

November[edit]

Association footballer Thierry Henry caused a controversy in November.

December[edit]

St Mel's Cathedral, Longford was destroyed by fire on 25 December

Arts and literature[edit]

Music[edit]

Main article: 2009 in Irish music

Sport[edit]

Boxing[edit]

Gaelic games[edit]

  • 2009 All-Ireland Hurling season
  • 2009 All-Ireland Football season
    • Semi-finals:
    • Final:
      • Cork 1-09 versus Kerry 0–19, Croke Park, 20 September.[165]

Golf[edit]

Sailing[edit]

Soccer[edit]

  • Hosting
29 January – UEFA announces that the new Lansdowne Road stadium would host the 2011 Europa League Final, the new title for the UEFA Cup.[169]
  • League of Ireland
Premier Division Winner; Bohemians
First Division Winner; UCD
A Division Winner; Salthill Devon
Promoted to Premier Division; Sporting Fingal
Relegated to First Division; Bray Wanderers, Derry City
FAI Ford Cup; Sporting Fingal
FAI EA Sports Cup: Bohemians


  • Internationals
29 May – Ireland 1–1 Nigeria (London, UK)
6 June – Ireland 1–1 Bulgaria (Sofia, Bulgaria)
12 August – Ireland 0–3 Australia (Thomond Park, Limerick)[170]
8 September – Ireland 1–0 South Africa (Thomond Park, Limerick)[171]
First ever Irish-based senior international matches to be played in the Mid-West and the first to be played outside Dublin in twenty-four years. Training in County Tipperary.[172]
  • World Cup 2010 Qualifiers
11 February – Ireland 2–1 Georgia
28 March – Ireland 1–1 Bulgaria
1 April – Italy 1–1 Ireland
6 June – Bulgaria 1–1 Ireland
5 September – Cyprus 1–2 Ireland
10 October – Ireland 2–2 Italy
14 October – Ireland 0–0 Montenegro
14 November – Ireland 0–1 France
18 November – France 1–1 Ireland


Rallying[edit]

Rugby union[edit]

In a successful year for rugby union in Ireland, Paul O'Connell was named captain of the British and Irish Lions squad for their tour of South Africa.
7 February – Ireland 30 – 21 France
15 February – Italy 9 – 38 Ireland
28 February – Ireland 14–13 England
14 March – Scotland 15 – 22 Ireland
21 March – Wales 15–17 Ireland
12 April – Muster and Leinster reached the semi finals.[180][181]
2 May – Leinster beat Munster 25–6 in the Heineken Cup semi-final at Croke Park in front of a world-record 82,208 attendance for a club match.[182]
23 May – Leinster beat Leicester in the Heineken cup final, the fourth time an Irish province has done so.
10 October – Munster and Leinster began their Heineken Cup season, with Leinster defending a title and Munster looking to win back the crown.

Deaths[edit]

Danny La Rue died in May.
Statue of Wolfe Tone by sculptor Edward Delaney, who died in September.
Stephen Gately died in October.
Liam Clancy died in December.

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