1946 in Ireland
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Other events of 1946
List of years in Ireland
Events from the year 1946 in Ireland.
- 3 January – William Joyce, alias Lord Haw Haw, is hanged in Wandsworth Prison for treason.
- 7 January – the Minister for Education, Thomas Derrig, announces that because refugee children who arrived in Ireland during the war do not have a sufficient knowledge of the Irish language they cannot obtain the Leaving Certificate.
- 21 January – work starts on a comprehensive Irish-English dictionary.
- 4 February – it is announced that George Bernard Shaw is to be awarded the freedom of Dublin.
- 17 June – Aer Lingus inaugurates a Dublin-Paris air service.
- 6 July – a new republican political party, Clann na Poblachta, is formed in Dublin.
- 25 July – Éamon de Valera's motion to apply for membership of the United Nations is accepted in the Dáil.
- 6 August – on the first anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, Captain Bob Lewis, the co-pilot of the Enola Gay, the aircraft which dropped the bomb, arrives at Shannon Airport, completing his first flight as a civil aviation pilot.
- 12 August – a plane bringing 23 French Girl Guides to Dublin crashes into the side of Djouce in the Wicklow Mountains.
- 29 August – George Bernard Shaw is honoured by being made a freeman of Dublin.
- 2 September – the Emergency Powers Act 1939 expires. The Defence Forces (Requisitions of Emergency) Order, 1940, is also revoked by Order (signed 28 August) with effect from this date.
- September – the Marine Service is formally disbanded and replaced by the Naval Service as a permanent component of the Irish Defence Forces.
- 6 October – seventy primary school teachers protest about low pay on the pitch at Croke Park at half-time during the Kerry-Roscommon All-Ireland Football Final.
- 22 November – Walt Disney arrives in Dublin. He has a meeting with the Irish Folklore Commission to further his investigation of leprechauns for a forthcoming film.
- 18 December – the government announces the release of 24 internees, including Brendan Behan.
Arts and literature
- 5 August – Frank Carney's religious melodrama The Righteous are Bold opens at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, where it runs for an unprecedented 14 weeks.
- Denis Devlin publishes his Lough Derg and Other Poems in New York.
- Patrick Kavanagh publishes his poem "On Raglan Road" (under the title "Dark Haired Miriam Ran Away") in The Irish Press (3 October).
- Mervyn Wall publishes his first novel, The Unfortunate Fursey.
- Jack Butler Yeats paints Men of Destiny and The Whistle of a Jacket.
- 2 February – Tony Byrne, former soccer player.
- 2 April – Ruairi Quinn, former leader of the Labour Party and Cabinet Minister, TD for Dublin South-East.
- 9 April – Charlie O'Connor, Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin South-West.
- 15 April – Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam (1995– ).
- 17 April – Henry Kelly, journalist, writer and television presenter.
- 25 April – Peter Sutherland, barrister, businessman and former politician.
- May – Mary Upton, Labour Party (Ireland) TD for Dublin South-Central.
- 18 June – Ray Treacy, soccer player and manager.
- 12 July – Seán Keane, fiddle player with The Chieftains.
- 10 August – Jimmy Conway, soccer player.
- 6 August – Brendan Ryan, former Independent then Labour Party Senator.
- 12 September – Pat Moylan, Fianna Fáil politician, Cathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann 2007—
- 29 September – Michael Keating, former Fine Gael TD and Minister, Deputy Leader of the Progressive Democrats and Lord Mayor of Dublin.
- 2 October – Terry Conroy, soccer player.
- 19 October – Jim Mitchell, Fine Gael TD and Cabinet Minister (died 2002).
- 1 December – Gilbert O'Sullivan, pop singer/songwriter.
- 27 December – Joe Kinnear, soccer player and manager.
- 31 December – Martin Mansergh, historian and Fianna Fáil TD for Tipperary South.
- Full date unknown
- 16 January – Bill O'Callaghan, Cork hurler (b. c1869).
- 19 January – Pádraic Ó Máille, Sinn Féin MP and TD, Fianna Fáil Senator (born 1878).
- 21 January – James Crowley, Sinn Féin TD, member 1st Dáil and Cumann na nGaedheal TD.
- 27 February – James Cecil Parke, international rugby player, tennis player, golfer and Olympic medallist (born 1881).
- 9 March – John J. Glennon, Roman Catholic Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis and Cardinal (born 1862).
- 20 March – Frederic Trench, 3rd Baron Ashtown, peer (born 1868).
- 20 April – Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington, feminist, suffragette and writer (born 1877).
- 5 April – Martin Moffat VC, soldier, (born 1882)
- 22 August – John Philip Bagwell, general manager Great Northern Railway, Seanad member (born 1874).
- 23 August – Samuel Cunningham, politician and Irish Privy Councillor (born 1862).
- 28 August – Rudolph Lambart, 10th Earl of Cavan, British Army commander in World War I, later Chief of the Imperial General Staff and Field Marshal (born 1865).
- 20 October – William Bernard Barry, politician in the United States (born 1902).
- 13 November – Patrick McLane, Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania (born 1875).
- 16 December – Blayney Hamilton, cricketer (born 1872).
- 30 December – Mick Ahern, Cork hurler (born 1905).
- Full date unknown
- "JU-52 1429 Djouce Mountain, Eire. 12th August 1946". heritageireland.info. Archived from the original on 23 March 2006. Retrieved 2012-03-21.
- "Emergency Powers (Continuance and Amendment) Act, 1945: §4(1)". Government of Ireland. 29 July 1945. Retrieved 2012-03-21.
The Principal Act shall... continue in force until the 2nd day of September, 1946, and shall then expire...
- Wills, Clair (2007). That Neutral Island. London: Faber. ISBN 9780571221059.
- Kavanagh, Peter (1980). Sacred Keeper. Kildare: Goldsmith Press. p. 126.