1885 in Ireland
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Other events of 1885
List of years in Ireland
Events from the year 1885 in Ireland.
- 24 January - Irish terrorists damage Westminster Hall and the Tower of London with dynamite.
- 2 August - William Walsh is consecrated as Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland, an office he will hold until his death in 1921.
- The Munster & Leinster Bank, a constituent of Allied Irish Banks, begins operations following the collapse of the Munster Bank.
- The Railway Tavern in Belfast is renovated and reopened as the Crown Liquor Saloon.
- The distinctive twin spires are added to St Peter's Cathedral, Belfast, which had been dedicated in 1860.
- Jacob's open a biscuit bakery in Waterford.
- 2-year-old Éamon de Valera is brought from the United States to live with his maternal family in County Limerick following the death of his father.
Arts and literature
- 12 January - Thomas Ashe, took part in the Easter Rising, died following forcible feeding while on hunger strike (died 1917).
- 12 January - Maire O'Neill, actress (died 1952).
- 18 January - George Meldon, cricketer (died 1951).
- 19 January - Joseph Connolly, Fianna Fáil politician (died 1961).
- 8 February - Frederick William Hall, soldier, posthumous recipient of the Victoria Cross for gallantry in 1915 during the Second Battle of Ypres in Belgium (died 1915).
- 27 February - Bethel Solomons, obstetrician and rugby player (died 1965).
- 28 February - Robert Quigg, soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross for gallantry in 1916 at the Battle of the Somme (died 1955).
- 25 May - Gerald Boland, founder-member of Fianna Fáil, served as Minister for Posts & Telegraphs, Minister for Lands and Minister for Justice (died 1973).
- 30 May - Thomas Hughes, soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross for gallantry in 1916 at Guillemont, France (died 1942).
- 9 June - William Coffey, cricketer.
- 24 September - Shane Leslie, diplomat and writer (died 1971).
- 25 December - Jimmy Gardner, boxer.
Full date unknown
- Patrick Belton, Fianna Fáil and Cumann na nGaedheal TD, President of the anti-communist Irish Christian Front (died 1945).
- Charles Campbell, 2nd Baron Glenavy, peer (died 1963).
- C. Morton Horne, musical comedy performer (killed in action 1916)
- Michael Staines, Sinn Féin TD, member of 1st Dáil, first Commissioner of the Garda Síochána (died 1955).
- 1 February - Thomas O'Hagan, 1st Baron O'Hagan, Lord Chancellor of Ireland (born 1812).
- 13 February - Barry Yelverton, 5th Viscount Avonmore, nobleman and officer (born 1859).
- 30 July - John O'Kane Murray, physician and author (born 1847).
- 18 August - Francis Hincks, politician in Canada (born 1807).
- 31 October - James Hamilton, 1st Duke of Abercorn, politician and twice Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (born 1811).
- 26 November - Thomas Andrews, chemist and physicist (born 1813).
- Palmer, Alan; Veronica (1992). The Chronology of British History. London: Century Ltd. pp. 310–311. ISBN 0-7126-5616-2.
- Cox, Michael, ed. (2004). The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-860634-6.
- Hayes, Dean (2006). Northern Ireland International Football Facts. Belfast: Appletree Press. p. 150. ISBN 0-86281-874-5.