1903 in Ireland
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Other events of 1903
List of years in Ireland
Notable events which occurred during 1903 relating to the island of Ireland.
- 3 January – the Norwegian ship Remittant is towed into quarantine in Queenstown with the entire crew suffering from beriberi.
- 3 February – the proposed canonisation of Oliver Plunkett is discussed in Rome.
- 26 February – the ocean liner SS Columbus is launched by Harland and Wolff at Belfast.
- 27 February – a meeting at the Mansion House, Dublin, enthusiastically welcomes a movement to establish Saint Patrick's Day as a national holiday.
- 8 March – Charles Gavan Duffy is buried at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin. He is laid to rest near others who took part in the Young Irelander Rebellion of 1848.
- 17 March – in Waterford, Saint Patrick's Day is marked as a public holiday (to encourage temperance).
- 26 March – the Chief Secretary for Ireland, George Wyndham, introduces his Irish Land Bill in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom.
- 31 March – the Lord-Lieutenant announces that Edward VII and Queen Alexandra intend to visit Ireland within the coming year.
- 15 May – the Chief Secretary for Ireland, George Wyndham, asks for support for his Irish Land Bill.
- 23 May – extracts from the annual report of the British Army shows that there are 35,717 Irishmen in its service.
- 9 June – the University of Dublin announces that it is to award degrees to women following a vote. The first women will be admitted as full members of its sole constituent, Trinity College, Dublin, in 1904.
- 1 July – the Belfast and Northern Counties Railway becomes the Northern Counties Committee of the Midland Railway (of England).
- 19–27 July – first visit to Ireland as monarch of King Edward VII, landing at Buncrana.
- 14 August – the Wyndham Land (Purchase) Act is passed in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, offering special incentives to landlords to sell their entire estates.
- 5 September – Irish painter Henry Jones Thaddeus is granted permission to paint the first portrait of Pope Pius X.
- 13 November – the 2nd Battalion of The Royal Dublin Fusiliers is welcomed home after nearly 20 years of foreign service.
- 22 December – the well-known Irish optician, Patrick Cahill, who had the sole privilege of supplying the late Pope Leo XIII with spectacles, is to supply the present pontiff, Pope Pius X.
- Independent Orange Institution is formed, as a breakaway from the Orange Institution.
- Pigeon House generating station in Dublin starts producing electricity.
- Withdrawal of the last British Royal Navy guard ship to be permanently stationed at Kingstown, the cruiser HMS Melampus (1890).
- Cork International Exhibition is re-opened.
Arts and literature
- January – An Túr Gloine, the cooperative studio for stained glass, is established by Sarah Purser in Dublin.
- 8 October – first performance of a play by J. M. Synge, In the Shadow of the Glen, at the Molesworth Hall, Dublin.
- 7 December – first performance of the opera Muirgheis with music by Thomas O'Brien Butler and libretto by Thadgh O'Donoghue at the Theatre Royal, Dublin, the first Irish language opera.
- Padraic Colum's Broken Soil is performed by W. G. Fay's Irish National Dramatic Company.
- George Moore's short stories The Untilled Field are published.
- 'Æ' (George William Russell)'s The Nuts of Knowledge, lyrical poems old and new is published by Elizabeth Yeats's Dun Emer Press at Dundrum, Dublin.
- W. B. Yeats's In the Seven Woods, being poems of the Irish heroic age (including "Adam's Curse", "The King's Threshold" and "The Hour-Glass") is published by his sister's Dun Emer Press; he also publishes his essays Ideas of Good and Evil.
- County Cork-born Chicago chief of police Francis O'Neill's collection O'Neill's Music of Ireland is published.
- Bohemians becomes the first Dublin team to join the Irish Football League.
- The Oval football stadium, home of Glentoran, is rebuilt with the pitch being turned around ninety degrees.
- 2 July – the Gordon Bennett Trophy race is run on Irish public roads, the first international motor race in Ireland. The winner is Camille Jenatzy.
- 15 January – Joe Stynes, Irish Republican and sportsman (died 1991).
- 19 January – Alfred Lane Beit, British politician, art collector and philanthropist, honorary Irish citizen (died 1994).
- 28 January – Kathleen Lonsdale, X-ray crystallographer (died 1971).
- 2 February – Hilton Edwards, actor, director, co–founder of Gate Theatre (died 1982).
- 5 February – William Teeling, author, traveller and UK politician (died 1975).
- 23 February – Alec Mackie, soccer player (died 1984).
- 11 March – Michael Hilliard, Fianna Fáil TD, Cabinet Minister and MEP (died 1982).
- 13 March – Joseph Blowick second leader of Clann na Talmhan, TD and Cabinet Minister (died 1970).
- 5 April – Leo Rowsome, teacher, player and maker of uilleann pipes (died 1970).
- 12 April – Paddy Collins, Cork hurler (died 1995).
- 25 May – Ewart Milne, poet (died 1987).
- 8 June – Harry Duggan, soccer player (died 1968).
- 18 July – Charles Hill, cricketer (died 1982).
- 5 August – Achey Kelly, cricketer (died 1961).
- 17 September – Frank O'Connor, short story writer and memoirist (died 1966).
- 6 October – Ernest Walton, physicist, 1951 Nobel Prize for Physics (died 1995).
- 23 October – Patrick Cogan, Independent TD (died 1977).
- 1 November – Max Adrian, actor (died 1973).
- 18 December – Harry Forsyth, cricketer (died 2004).
- 9 February – Charles Gavan Duffy, nationalist and Australian colonial politician (born 1816).
- 5 April – Mary Anne Sadlier, novelist (born 1820).
- 24 April – Walter Osborne, impressionist painter (born 1859).
- 27 April – William Travers, lawyer, politician, explorer, and naturalist in New Zealand (born 1819).
- 25 July – John Michael Clancy, Democratic Party United States Representative from New York (born 1837).
- 31 August – Charles O'Hea, Catholic Priest, baptised Ned Kelly and ministered to him before he was hanged in 1880 (born c. 1814).
- 12 September – Maxwell Henry Close, geologist (born 1822).
- 22 October – William Edward Hartpole Lecky, historian (born 1838).
- 24 October – Rev. James William Adams, recipient of the Victoria Cross for gallantry in Afghanistan (1879) (born 1839).
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