1942 in Ireland

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Events from the year 1942 in Ireland.



  • January – Newrath Bridge in County Wicklow collapses.
  • 3 March – due to The Emergency the rationing of gas is introduced.
  • 5 March – it is announced that Ireland is to have a new Central Bank replacing the old Currency Commission.
  • 16 March – Irish Willow is detained by German submarine U-753 but released.
  • April – attempted shooting of two Garda Síochána detectives during a ceremony at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin, for which Brendan Behan is imprisoned.
  • 2 June – speed levels are restricted to prevent wear of tyres on cars, motorcycles and buses.
  • Summer – Ailtirí na hAiséirghe, a radical nationalist and fascist political party, is founded by Gearóid Ó Cuinneagáin.[1]
  • 7 June – first mass held at the new Roman Catholic Cavan Cathedral (dedication 27 September).
  • 11 August – Irish Rose rescues seven survivors from the American ship Wawaloam in the Atlantic.[2]
  • 13 August – Irish Pine rescues nineteen survivors from the British ship Richmond Castle in the Atlantic.[2]
  • 26 August – Irish Willow rescues 47 survivors from the British ship Empire Breeze in the Atlantic.[2]
  • 17 September – Irish Larch rescues forty survivors from the Panamanian ship Stone Street in the Atlantic.[2]
  • 2 October – British cruiser Curacoa (D41) collides with the liner Queen Mary off the coast of Donegal and sinks: 338 die.
  • 15 November – Irish Pine torpedoed and sunk by U-608, in North Atlantic: 33 die.
  • 12 December – Irish Poplar collides with the launch Eileen and the Cork Harbour pilot during a force eight gale: five die.
  • 22 December – there are reports of a split in the Labour Party due to the selection of candidates for the forthcoming general election.
  • December – Government prohibits direct newspaper advertising in Ireland of jobs in the U.K. During the year £4.5M is remitted to Ireland from Irish workers already in Britain through the Post Office.[3]
  • Lice-born typhus spreads.[3]

Arts and literature[edit]



League of Ireland
Winners: Cork United
Winners: Dundalk 2 - 2, 3 - 1 Cork United.





  1. ^ Douglas, R. M. (2009). Architects of the Resurrection: Ailtirí na hAiséirghe and the Fascist 'New Order' in Ireland. Manchester University Press. ISBN 0-7190-7998-5. 
  2. ^ a b c d Forde, Frank (2000). "Appendix 4: Rescues by Irish Ships during World War II". The Long Watch: World War Two and the Irish Mercantile Marine (rev ed.). Dublin: New Island. ISBN 1-902602-42-0. 
  3. ^ a b Wills, Clair (2007). That Neutral Island. London: Faber. ISBN 9780571221059. 
  4. ^ Fallon, Gabriel (May 1942). "Greatness and Paul Vincent Carroll". Irish Monthly. Dublin: Irish Jesuit Province. 70 (827): 196–202. JSTOR 20515011. 
  5. ^ Cox, Michael, ed. (2004). The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-860634-6.