1934 in Ireland
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Other events of 1934
List of years in Ireland
Events from the year 1934 in Ireland.
- 12 January - Republican Press Ltd. takes a High Court action against the Garda Síochána over the seizure of the An Phoblacht newspaper.
- 20 January - The funeral of the veteran nationalist Member of Parliament, Joseph Devlin, takes place in Belfast.
- 5 February - Dublin Corporation debates a letter from the Gaelic League asking for a ban on the broadcast of jazz music on the grounds that it is contrary to the spirit of Christianity and nationality.
- 7 February - Discussions on the formation of a new Volunteer Force leads to an explosive debate in the Dáil. Civil War events are revisited and there are angry exchanges between deputies.
- 23 February - The government introduces the Wearing of Uniform (Restriction) Bill 1934. Cumann na nGaedheal opposes what is soon dubbed The Blueshirts Bill.
- 26 February - 300 pupils from the Christian Brothers schools in Thurles go on strike as a protest against the wearing of blue shirts by a number of their classmates. They parade through the town singing The Soldiers Song.
- 2 March - The Wearing of Uniform (Restriction) Bill is carried in the Dáil by 80 votes to 60. W. T. Cosgrave condemns the Bill and predicts its failure.
- 10 March - The National Athletic and Cycling Association decides to ban women from taking part in events and meetings.
- 17 March - A socialist motion put to the Irish Republican Army convention in Dublin is lost.
- 18 March - General Eoin O'Duffy addresses 2,500 Blueshirts in Trim Market Square.
- 27 March - The Irish Hospitals' Sweepstake receives a blow when the Betting and Lotteries Act is passed by the Parliament of the United Kingdom, prohibiting the sale of lottery tickets in the UK.
- 7–8 April - Republican Congress first meets in Athlone, formed from disaffected socialist ex-members of the Irish Republican Army.
- 9 April - W. W. McDowell, US Minister to Ireland, dies at a State banquet in his honour at Dublin Castle, between President Éamon de Valera and Mrs. Sinéad de Valera.
- 2 May - An application to obtain permission for deposed Soviet leader Leon Trotsky to live in Ireland has failed.
- September - The Republican Congress, at its first annual meeting (held at Rathmines), suffers a split on policy.
- December - Republicans demonstrate against the screening at the Savoy Cinema in Dublin of a newsreel of the marriage of Prince George, Duke of Kent, to Princess Marina.
Arts and literature
- 3 March - The third Theatre Royal closes in Dublin.
- 6 April - W. B. Yeats shares the Gothenburg Prize for Poetry.
- August–January 1935 - Brian O'Nolan publishes the magazine Blather in Dublin.
- 18 October - Release of Robert J. Flaherty's fictional documentary film Man of Aran in the United States.
- Samuel Beckett publishes his prose collection More Pricks Than Kicks.
- Patricia Lynch publishes her children's book The Turf-Cutter's Donkey: An Irish Story of Mystery and Adventure.
- Francis MacManus publishes his first novel Stand and Give Challenge in Dublin.
- Kate O'Brien publishes her novel The Ante-Room.
- W. B. Yeats publishes his poetry The King of the Great Clock Tower.
- Winners: Bohemians
January to June
- 12 January - Edmond Carmody, Roman Catholic bishop in the Diocese of Corpus Christi.
- 21 January - Audrey Dalton, actress.
- 3 February - Joseph Duffy, Roman Catholic Bishop of Clogher.
- 7 February - Rory O'Hanlon, Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan–Monaghan, former Cabinet Minister and Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann.
- 6 March - Mella Carroll, former judge of the High Court (died 2006).
- 1 May - Rory Kiely, former Fianna Fáil Senator, Cathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann 2002–2007
- 4 May - Patrick O'Donoghue, fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Lancaster in England.
- 19 May - Mark Hely Hutchinson, son of 7th Earl of Donoughmore, chief executive of Guinness Ireland and group chief executive, Bank of Ireland (1983–1991).
- 29 May - Mick Meagan, soccer player and manager.
- 4 June - Seamus Elliott, road bicycle racer (died 1971).
July to December
- 7 July - Robert McNeill Alexander, zoologist, authority on animal locomotion (died 2016).
- 13 July - Brian McCracken, Justice of the Supreme Court, sole member of The McCracken Tribunal into certain payments by Ben Dunne to Charles Haughey and Michael Lowry.
- 29 July - Patrick Coveney, Roman Catholic Archbishop.
- 30 July - Kathleen O'Connor, teacher, Clann na Poblachta TD for Kerry North and the youngest-ever woman elected to Dáil Éireann (at a by-election in 1956).
- 5 August - Gay Byrne, broadcaster, host of The Late Late Show.
- 25 August - Michael Lynch, Fianna Fáil TD and senator.
- 16 September - Ronnie Drew, singer and folk musician, with The Dubliners (died 2008).
- 23 September - Thomas Kilroy, playwright and novelist.
- 26 October - Walton Empey, Archbishop of Dublin (Church of Ireland), Primate of Ireland (1996–2002).
- 30 October - Noel Dwyer, soccer player (died 1993).
- 12 November - John McGahern, writer (died 2006).
- 14 November - Catherine McGuinness, Justice of the Supreme Court, High Court and Circuit Court, Senior Counsel and Senator.
Full date unknown
- John Bennett, Cork hurler.
- Francis John Byrne, historian.
- Tom Cheasty, Waterford hurler (died 2007).
- Johnny Clifford, Cork hurler (died 2007).
- 1 January - John Crowley, medical doctor, member 1st Dáil representing North Mayo.
- 18 January - Joseph Devlin, Nationalist politician and MP in the British House of Commons and in Northern Ireland (born 1872).
- April - Robert McCall, lawyer (born 1849).
- 29 September - Patrick S. Dinneen, lexicographer and historian (born 1860).
- 28 November
- 3 December - Charles James O'Donnell, colonial administrator and MP (born 1849).
Full date unknown
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- The Times (London) 11 April 1934.
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- Cox, Michael, ed. (2004). The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-860634-6.