1945 in Ireland

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Other events of 1945
List of years in Ireland

Events from the year 1945 in Ireland.



  • 1 January – most public transport came under the control of Córas Iompair Éireann.
  • 12 January – the people of Ireland donated £1,000,000 to the starving people of Italy.
  • 13 April – Dáil Éireann sat for 20 minutes to express sympathy and pay tribute to US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who died the previous day. The House was then adjourned.
  • 27 April – the Fine Gael party nominated Seán Mac Eoin as their presidential election candidate in opposition to the Minister for Finance Seán T. O'Kelly.
  • 2 May
  • 7 May – reports of a German surrender brought students of Trinity College Dublin onto the roof of the university singing the English and French national anthems. A riot ensued following the burning of the Irish tricolour.
  • 11 May – Government censorship of the media was lifted.[1]
  • 16 May – Éamon de Valera replied in a radio broadcast to Winston Churchill's criticism of Irish neutrality.
  • 18 May – Éamon de Valera announced £12 million food and clothing aid programmed for Europe.
  • 22 May – Irish Legal Terms Act signed into law.
  • 25 June – Seán T. O'Kelly was inaugurated as the second President of Ireland.
  • July – Rannóg an Aistriúcháin, the Oireachtas translation service, published Litriú na Gaeilge: Lámhleabhar an Chaighdeáin Oifigiúil ("Irish orthography: a handbook of the official standard").
  • 24 July – John F. Kennedy visited Dublin as a journalist and met the Taoiseach, Éamon de Valera. He filed a story for the New York Journal-American on 29 July entitled, "Eamon de Valera Seeks to Unite All Ireland: Eire Premier Answers Dillon on Constitutional Rights".[2][3]
  • 21 August – two nationalist MPs took the Oath of Allegiance and entered the Parliament of the United Kingdom at Westminster.
  • 16 September – Count John McCormack, the famous tenor, died in Dublin aged 61.
  • 15 October – Professor Eoin MacNeill died in Dublin aged 77. He was a founder-member of the Gaelic League and the Irish Volunteers.
  • 3 December – oranges went on sale in Ireland for the first time since the end of World War II.
  • 14 December – the Nuremberg Trials heard the story of German plans to create a revolution in Ireland during the War.
  • 25 December – in his presidential address President Seán T. O'Kelly asked the youth of Ireland to make a particular effort to restore the Irish language.
  • A "popular edition" of the Constitution of Ireland is published by the Stationery Office, amending the Irish language text.

Arts and literature[edit]



League of Ireland
Winners: Cork United
Winners: Shamrock Rovers 1–0 Bohemians.



Brenda Fricker was born on 17 February
Christy Moore was born on 7 May


Eoin MacNeill, died 15 October


  1. ^ Wills, Clair (2007). That Neutral Island. London: Faber. ISBN 9780571221059.
  2. ^ An Inspirational Trip to the JFK Museum Of Exhibition in Dublin ELPP Summer 2013, 2013-07-02.
  3. ^ Articles: By John F. Kennedy on Ireland, 29 July 1945 John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Retrieved: 2014-05-14.