1949 in Ireland
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Other events of 1949
List of years in Ireland
Events from the year 1949 in Ireland.
- 22 March — The Irish Government leases a residence in the Phoenix Park to the United States government for a period of 99 years. It will be the residence of the U.S. ambassador.
- 17 April — At midnight 26 counties officially leave the British Commonwealth. A 21-gun salute on O'Connell Bridge, Dublin, ushers in the Republic of Ireland.
- 29 April — Major de Courcy Wheeler, the man who accepted the surrender of Patrick Pearse in 1916, presents President Seán T. O'Kelly with Pearse's revolver at a special function at Áras an Uachtaráin.
- 3 May — The British Government passes an act guaranteeing the position of Northern Ireland as part of the United Kingdom as long as a majority of its citizens want it to be. The government also recognises the existence of the Republic of Ireland.
- 10 May — The Oireachtas motion calls a "Protest Against Partition" because of the Ireland Act provisions.
- 13 May — John A. Costello, Éamon de Valera, William Norton and Seán MacBride share a platform to protest the British government's attitude to the constitutional status of Northern Ireland.
- 25 May — The Princess Elizabeth (now Elizabeth II) and The Duke of Edinburgh receive the freedom of Belfast during a visit to the city.
- 26 June — 80,000 people gather in Croke Park to affirm the pledge as members of the teetotal Pioneer Total Abstinence Society.
- 9 July — The last tram runs from Nelson Pillar to Blackrock and will be the last tram run in Dublin until the Luas.
- 12 July — Douglas Hyde, first President of Ireland and founder of the Gaelic League, dies in Dublin aged 89.
- 24 August — Tánaiste William Norton tells the European Consultative Assembly in Strasbourg that Ireland would not agree to a customs union of western European states.
- 8 November — Street names in any language other than English are prohibited by an Amendment to a Bill passed in the Senate of Northern Ireland.
- 20 November — Students and academic staff celebrate the centenary of University College Galway.
- The Electricity Supply Board completes its Liffey scheme, providing hydroelectricity generating stations at Poulaphouca, Golden Falls and Leixlip and a water supply Reservoir for Dublin at the former location.
- At this year's Convention, Irish Republican Army members are ordered to join Sinn Féin.
Arts and literature
- Publication of Máirtín Ó Cadhain's first novel, Cré na Cille ("Churchyard Clay", written 1944–45), illustrated by Charles Lamb.
- Publication of Máirtín Ó Direáin's first poetry collection, Rogha Dánta.
- Publication of Séamus Ó Néill's poetry for children, Dánta do pháistí.
- Daniel O'Neill paints Place du Tertre and The Blue Skirt.
- 14–18 April — Breandán Ó hEithir's novel Lig Sinn i gCathú (1976) is set in a fictionalised city of Galway during this period.
- Winners: Drumcondra
January to June
- 11 January — Billy Roche, playwright and writer.
- 16 January — R. F. Foster, historian.
- 20 January — Michael Ahern, Fianna Fáil TD and Minister of State.
- 30 January — Joe Callanan, former Fianna Fáil TD.
- 2 February — John McAreavey, Bishop of Dromore.
- 5 February — Nuala Ahern, Green Party Member of the European Parliament representing Leinster.
- 6 February — Jim Sheridan, film director.
- 12 February — Fergus Slattery, international rugby player.
- February — Joan Burton, Labour Party Deputy Leader, TD for Dublin West.
- 3 March — Frank Chambers, Fianna Fáil senator.
- 3 March — Ben Dunne, chief executive of Dunnes Stores.
- 9 April — Sorcha Cusack, actress.
- 18 April — Peter Caffrey, actor (died 2008).
- 18 April — Avril Doyle, Fine Gael Member of the European Parliament representing Leinster.
- 1 May — Joe Higgins, Socialist Party TD.
- 18 May — Pat Rabbitte, Leader of the Labour Party.
- 23 May — Martin Cahill, Dublin criminal (shot and killed 1994).
July to December
- 11 July — Shane Ross, journalist, member of the 22nd Seanad representing the University of Dublin.
- 13 July — Bryan Murray, actor.
- 18 August — John O'Leary, golfer.
- 20 August — Phil Lynott, singer and songwriter (died 1986).
- 26 August — Thomas Murphy, Irish republican.
- 27 August — Ann Murray, mezzo-soprano.
- 1 September — Liam Fitzgerald, Fianna Fáil TD and Senator.
- 4 September — Michael McKevitt, Irish republican convicted of directing terrorism as leader of the Real IRA.
- 9 September — Charlie Bird, journalist and broadcaster, Chief News Correspondent with RTÉ.
- 30 September — Charlie McCreevy, Fianna Fáil TD and Cabinet Minister, European Commissioner.
- October — Enda Bonner, Fianna Fáil Councillor and Senator.
- 3 October — Jim McDaid, Fianna Fáil TD representing Donegal North-East and Cabinet Minister.
- 20 October — Eddie Macken, show jumper.
- 29 October — Seán Foley, former Limerick hurler.
Full date unknown
- Sean Delaney, former soccer player and coach (died 2004).
- Johnny Flaherty, Offaly hurler.
- Dermot Gleeson, barrister, businessman, former Attorney General.
- Pat Moylan, Cork hurler.
- Gabriel Rosenstock, poet.
- Nicky Ryan, music producer.
- 18 January — James Magee, cricketer (born 1872).
- 2 March — Cecil Lowry-Corry, 6th Earl Belmore, High Sheriff and councillor (born 1873).
- 29 April — Timothy J. Murphy, Labour Party (Ireland) TD.
- 23 May — Dan Comyn, cricketer (born 1872).
- 12 July — Douglas Hyde, member of the Seanad in 1922 and 1938; first President of Ireland and Gaelic scholar (born 1860).
- 10 September — Brian Brady, Fianna Fáil TD.
- 6 October — Robert Wilson Lynd, writer (born 1879).
- 8 October — Edith Anna Somerville, novelist (born 1858).
- 14 November — Jimmy Dunne, soccer player (born 1905).