1909 in Ireland
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Other events of 1909
List of years in Ireland
Events from the year 1909 in Ireland.
- 31 October – the Royal University of Ireland is dissolved.
- 14 December – in the large hall of the National University in Dublin, Ernest Shackleton delivers a lecture entitled 'Nearest the South Pole.'
- 31 December – Harry Ferguson becomes the first person to fly an aircraft in Ireland, when he takes off in a monoplane he had designed and built himself.
- Mater Infirmorum Hospital in Belfast is officially recognised as a university teaching hospital.
- Commencement of fieldwork for the multidisciplinary Clare Island Survey, under the direction of Robert Lloyd Praeger.
Arts and literature
- 24 March – J. M. Synge, author and playwright, dies in Dublin aged 38 of Hodgkin's disease. His only comedy The Tinker's Wedding has its première on 11 November at His Majesty's Theatre in London.
- 1 April – Lennox Robinson's first play, The Cross Roads, is performed at the Abbey Theatre (Dublin) of which he becomes manager later in the year.
- 22 July – widowed Irish-born painter John Lavery marries Irish American painter Hazel Martyn.
- 20 August – the famous tenor Enrico Caruso performs at the Theatre Royal in Dublin.
- 20 December – the first dedicated cinema in Ireland, the Volta Cinematograph, opens in Dublin under the management of James Joyce.
- Herbert Hughes' collection of folk songs, Irish Country Songs, including "She Moved Through the Fair" with words largely composed by Padraic Colum, is published.
- Ella Young's first work of Irish folklore, The Coming of Lugh, is published.
- 9 January – Patrick Peyton, the Rosary Priest (died 1992).
- 30 January – George Crothers, cricketer (died 1982).
- 1 February – Timothy McAuliffe, Labour Party politician (died 1985).
- 8 March – Francis MacManus, novelist (died 1965).
- 3 April – Knox Cunningham, barrister, businessman and Ulster Unionist politician (died 1976).
- 19 April – Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander, cryptanalyst, chess player and chess writer (died 1974).
- 24 April – Robert Farren (Roibeárd Ó Faracháin), poet (died 1984).
- 30 April – F. E. McWilliam, sculptor (died 1992).
- 4 June – Robert Dudley Edwards, historian (died 1988).
- 24 July – Geoffrey Bing, lawyer and Labour politician in UK (died 1977).
- 31 July – Martin White, Kilkenny hurler (died 2011).
- 1 August – W. R. Rodgers, poet, essayist, book reviewer, radio broadcaster, scriptwriter, lecturer, teacher and Presbyterian minister (died 1969).
- 4 October – Paddy Moore, soccer player (died 1951).
- 7 October – Michael O'Neill, nationalist politician and MP (died 1976).
- 20 October – James Patrick Scully, awarded George Cross for valour in 1941 in Liverpool in rescuing people from a bomb damaged building.
- 28 October – Francis Bacon, painter (died 1992).
- 4 November – Sir Basil Goulding, 3rd Baronet, cricketer, squash player and art collector (died 1982).
- Full date unknown
- James Auchmuty, historian (died 1981).
- Muriel Brandt, artist (died 1981).
- Jack Stanley Gibson, surgeon and writer (died 2005).
- Gabriel Hayes, sculptor, designer of Irish coins (died 1978).
- Francis MacManus, novelist (died 1965).
- David Beers Quinn, historian (died 2002).
- W. R. Rodgers, poet and writer (died 1969).
- Cecilia Thackaberry, Presentation Sisters nun, killed in Nigeria performing relief work (died 1969).
- 10 January - John Conness, United States Senator from California from 1863 till 1869. (born 1821)
- 4 February - James Lynam Molloy, poet, songwriter and composer (b.c1837).
- 24 March - William Lundon, Irish Parliamentary Party MP (born 1839).
- 24 March - John Millington Synge, dramatist, poet and writer (born 1871).
- 4 April - Sir Theobald Burke, 13th Baronet (born 1833).
- 22 May - Sir Rowland Blennerhassett, 4th Baronet, Liberal Party MP (born 1839).
- 15 July - George Tyrrell, expelled Jesuit priest and Modernist Catholic scholar (died 1861).
- 1 December - William Joseph Corbet, nationalist politician and MP (born 1824).