1942 in Ireland
|See also:||1942 in Northern Ireland
Other events of 1942
List of years in Ireland
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.
- 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.
- 13 August – Irish Pine rescues nineteen survivors from the British ship Richmond Castle in the Atlantic.
- 26 August – Irish Willow rescues 47 survivors from the British ship Empire Breeze in the Atlantic.
- 17 September – Irish Larch rescues forty survivors from the Panamanian ship Stone Street in the Atlantic.
- 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.
- Lice-born typhus spreads.
Arts and literature
- 16 March – Paul Vincent Carroll's wartime drama The Strings Are False premieres at the Olympia Theatre (Dublin).
- June – Brendan Behan's "I Become a Borstal Boy" is published in The Bell.
- Elizabeth Bowen publishes Bowen's Court.
- Eric Cross publishes his novel The Tailor and Ansty, which is prohibited in Ireland by the Censorship of Publications Board.
- Patrick Kavanagh's poetry The Great Hunger is published by the Cuala Press.
- Maura Laverty's novel Never No More is published, having been serialised in The Bell.
- Seán Ó Súilleabháin's A Handbook of Irish Folklore is published for the Folklore of Ireland Society in Dublin.
- 12 January
- 16 January – Tony Doyle, actor (died 2000).
- 18 January – Eric Barber, soccer player.
- 12 February – Robert Ellison, Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Banjul, Gambia.
- 22 April – Aengus Fanning, journalist and editor (d. 2012).
- 15 May – Pádraic McCormack, Fine Gael TD for Galway West.
- May – Enda Colleran, Gaelic footballer (died 2004).
- July – John Bowman, historian and broadcaster.
- 18 August – Tommy Carroll, soccer player.
- 30 August – Jonathan Aitken, Conservative Member of Parliament, convicted of perjury in 1999.
- August – Ned O'Keeffe, Independent TD for Cork East, originally Fianna Fáil.
- 17 September – Des Lynam, sportscaster and British television personality.
- 4 October – Frank Stagg, Provisional Irish Republican Army hunger striker for 62 days in Wakefield Prison (died 1976).
- 24 October – Frank Delaney, novelist, journalist and broadcaster (died 2017).
- 28 November – Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, poet.
- 24 December – Anthony Clare, psychiatrist and broadcaster (died 2007).
- Full date unknown
- Jackie Gilroy, Gaelic footballer (died 2007).
- Pat Ingoldsby, television presenter, poet.
- P. J. Mara, political adviser and senator (died 2016).
- Padraig O'Malley, peacemaker, professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston and writer.
- Dermot O'Reilly, musician, producer and songwriter in Canada (died 2007).
- Ted Tynan, Workers' Party of Ireland councillor in Cork.
- Macdara Woods, poet.
- 1 January – John Meredith, Australian Army Brigadier General (born 1864).
- 8 January – Thomas Hughes, soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross for gallantry in 1916 at Guillemont, France (born 1885).
- 14 January – James Graham, cricketer (born 1906).
- 7 February – Bishop Patrick McKenna, Bishop of Clogher, 1909–1942 (born 1868).
- 8 April – Philip Meldon, cricketer (died 1874).
- 20 April – Thomas Kelly, founding member of Sinn Féin, member of 1st Dáil (Pro Treaty), later a member of Fianna Fáil.
- 11 May – George Nicolls, Sinn Féin and Cumann na nGaedheal TD.
- 29 May – Samuel Jacob Jackson, politician in Canada (born 1848).
- 30 June – Robert Pilkington, lawyer and politician who sat in Western Australian Legislative Assembly and British House of Commons (born 1870).
- 1 July – Peadar Toner Mac Fhionnlaoich, Irish Language writer (born 1857)
- 15 July – Paddy Finucane, RAF fighter pilot, youngest Wing Commander in RAF history, killed in action (born 1920).
- 10 September – Patrick Stone, Member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly (born 1857).
- 30 September – Jack Finlay, Laois hurler and TD (born 1890).
- 23 November – Peadar Kearney, Irish Republican and songwriter, writer of the lyrics to The Soldier's Song (born 1883).
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