1778 in Ireland
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List of years in Ireland
Events from the year 1778 in Ireland.
- 28 March – Hugh O'Reilly succeeds Daniel O'Reilly as Roman Catholic Bishop of Clogher, an office he will hold until 1801.
- April – the Ladies of Llangollen run away from Ireland to set up a rural household together.
- 24 April – American Revolutionary War: North Channel Naval Duel: John Paul Jones in the USS Ranger (1777) captures HMS Drake (1777) in the North Channel off Carrickfergus.
- Papists Act provides a measure of Catholic Relief: Catholics now have property rights and may intermarry; and restoration of Catholic religious institutions begins.
- Charles Vallancey surveys West Cork.
- 4 March – Robert Emmet, nationalist, rebel against British rule in 1803 (executed 1803).
- 18 May – Charles Stewart, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry, soldier, politician and nobleman (died 1854).
- 29 September – Catherine McAuley, nun (died 1841).
- 15 November – George Canning, 1st Baron Garvagh, politician (died 1840).