1951 in Ireland
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Other events of 1951
List of years in Ireland
Events from the year 1951 in Ireland.
- President: Seán T. O'Kelly
- Taoiseach: John A. Costello (FG) (until June 13, 1951); Éamon de Valera (FF) (starting June 13, 1951)
- 2 February - Éamon de Valera visits Newry for the first time since his arrest there in 1924.
- 11 April - Minister for Health Dr. Noel Browne resigns and his Mother and Child Scheme is overturned.
- 19 April - The Attorney General for Northern Ireland, Ed Warnock, referring to the Noel Browne's resignation, says that Ireland is really ruled by Maynooth.
- 24 May - Gardaí exchange shots with two men after they throw a bomb at the British Embassy in Dublin.
- 30 May - Irish general election, 1951: Fianna Fáil win most seats but lack an overall majority.
- 13 June - Members of the 14th Dáil assemble. Éamon de Valera becomes Taoiseach with one of the smallest majorities on record (74-69), forming a Fianna Fáil government with the support of independents.
- 1 July - Taoiseach Éamon de Valera pays his first visit to Derry in 25 years.
- 15 November - The Nobel Prize for Physics is awarded jointly to Professor Ernest Walton of Trinity College Dublin and Sir John Cockcroft.
Arts and literature
- 18 July - The Abbey Theatre in Dublin is burnt to the ground.
- 30 July–22 September - The now-homeless Abbey Theatre company performs a season at the Rupert Guinness Hall in the Guinness Brewery before moving to the Queen's Theatre, Dublin.
- 15 August - Donagh MacDonagh's ballad opera God's Gentry opens at the Belfast Arts Theatre, transferring to the Gate Theatre, Dublin on 26 December.
- 21 October–4 November - First Wexford "Festival of Music and the Arts", predecessor of Wexford Festival Opera.
- First national festival of the folk music of Ireland held in Mullingar.
- Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann established in Mullingar by a group of uilleann pipers to promote the folk music and language of Ireland.
- Samuel Beckett's novel Molloy is published in French.
- Sinéad de Valera's collection for children The Emerald Ring and Other Irish Fairy Stories is published.
- The Dolmen Press is established in Dublin by Liam and Josephine Miller to publish Irish literature.
- Louis le Brocquy paints A Family.
- Daniel O'Neill paints Knockalla Hills, Donegal and Western Landscape.
- Winners: Cork Athletic
- Irish Open - no tournament held.
January to March
- 4 January - Paddy Roche, soccer player.
- 25 January - M. J. Nolan, Fianna Fáil TD for Carlow–Kilkenny and Senator.
- 27 January - Brian Downey, drummer.
- 4 February - Patrick Bergin, actor.
- 6 February - Margo, singer.
- 14 February - Alan Shatter, Fine Gael TD for Dublin South.
- 1 March - J. P. McManus, businessman and racehorse owner.
- 16 March - John Egan, Dublin GAA County Chairman (died 2007).
- 25 March - Gerard Murphy, Fine Gael TD representing Cork North-West.
April to June
- 4 April - Alan Hughes, cricketer.
- 24 April - Enda Kenny, current leader of Fine Gael, TD for Mayo.
- 1 May - Michael McDowell, founding member of Progressive Democrats, TD, Cabinet Minister and Attorney-General.
- 21 May - Ray O'Brien, soccer player.
- 23 May - Viscount Slane, later The Marquess Conyngham, pop concert promoter.
- 26 May - Madeleine Taylor-Quinn, Fine Gael TD, councillor.
- 6 June - Frank Fahey, Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West.
- 12 June - Nóirín Ní Riain, singer, musician, writer, theologian.
- 27 June - Mary McAleese, eighth President of Ireland.
July to December
- July - Anne Colley, Progressive Democrats politician.
- 30 August - Dana Rosemary Scallon, singer, Eurovision Song Contest winner and MEP.
- 12 September - Bertie Ahern, Taoiseach and leader of Fianna Fáil.
- 5 October - Bob Geldof, singer, songwriter and humanitarian.
- 18 December - Noel Treacy, Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East.
- 30 December - Gay Mitchell, TD representing Dublin South-Central, MEP for Dublin.
Full date unknown
- John Aimers, educator and Chairman of the Monarchist League of Canada.
- Darina Allen, chef and television personality.
- Adrian Hardiman, justice of the Supreme Court of Ireland.
- Geraldine Kennedy, journalist, politician and first female editor of The Irish Times.
- Joe McKenna, Limerick hurler and manager.
- Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill, singer.
January to June
- 9 January - John Aston, cricketer (born 1882).
- 17 January - Alexander Haslett, independent TD (born 1883).
- 18 January - Amy Carmichael, Christian missionary and writer (born 1867).
- 26 January - Thomas Houghton, Anglican clergyman and editor of the Gospel Magazine (born 1859).
- 18 March - Thomas Foran, trade union official, continuous membership of the Seanad from 1922 to 1948.
- 27 March - James Geoghegan, Fianna Fáil TD, Minister for Justice, Attorney General of Ireland and Justice of the Supreme Court (born 1886).
- 29 March - Ambrose Upton Gledstanes Bury, politician in Alberta, Canada (born 1869).
- 10 April - Nora Barnacle, lover, companion, inspiration and wife of James Joyce (born 1884).
- 12 April - Henry De Vere Stacpoole, ship's doctor and author (born 1863).
- 19 May - Frederick Barton Maurice, soldier, military correspondent, writer and academic, founded the British Legion in 1920 (born 1871).
- 10 June - Justice George Gavan Duffy, barrister, Sinn Féin MP and a signatory of the Anglo-Irish Treaty in 1921 (born 1882).
- 21 June - Eugene O'Mahoney, museum curator and entomologist (born 1899).
July to December
- 24 July - Paddy Moore, soccer player (born 1909).
- 16 August - Gus Kelly, cricketer (born 1877).
- 17 August - Joseph Warwick Bigger, professor, member of the Dublin University panel in the Seanad from 1944 to 1951.
- 25 August - John J. McGrath, Democrat U.S. Representative from California (born 1872).
- 27 November - George Meldon, cricketer (born 1885).
Full date unknown
- Margot Ruddock, actress, poet and singer (born 1907).
- "Archive Fact Sheet: Rupert Guinness Hall" (PDF). Dublin: Guinness Storehouse. Retrieved 2012-07-21.
- Ó Ciosáin, Niall; Hutton, Clare (2013). "The history of the book in Ireland". In Suarez, Michael F.; Woudhuysen, H. R. The Book: A Global History. Oxford University Press. p. 326. ISBN 978-0-19-967941-6.