1961 in Ireland
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Other events of 1961
List of years in Ireland
Events from the year 1961 in Ireland.
- 6 January - Lieutenant-General Seán Mac Eoin flies out of Dublin en route to the Congo. He is taking up his new post as General Commanding Officer of the United Nations.
- 20 January - John F. Kennedy becomes President of the United States, the first of Irish-Catholic descent.
- 27 January - In a gale, laid-up tanker Trigonosemus breaks free from her moorings in Lough Swilly.
- 10 June - President Éamon de Valera and Mrs. Sinéad de Valera greet Prince Rainier and Princess Grace at Áras an Uachtaráin.
- 15 June - Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco take tea in a three roomed cottage near Newport, County Mayo, from which the Princess' grandfather, John Henry Kelly, set off for America almost 100 years before.
- 16 September - Atlantic Hurricane Debbie makes landfall at Dooega on Achill Island, then tracking across County Mayo, the only known tropical cyclone to make landfall in Ireland. Winds gust up to 114 mph (183 km/h) off Arranmore.
- 4 October - Irish general election, 1961: Fianna Fáil under Seán Lemass retain most seats and form a minority government when members of the 17th Dáil assemble on 11 October.
- 25 October - St. John's Church in Sligo is reconstituted as the Cathedral Church for the Church of Ireland dioceses of Elphin and Ardagh, under the name of the Cathedral of St. Mary the Virgin and St. John the Baptist.
- November - Minister for Justice Charles Haughey establishes military courts which hand down long prison sentences to convicted Irish Republican Army men.
- 10 November - In fog, the Guinness ship Lady Gwendolen rams and sinks the Freshfield anchored in the Mersey.
- 20 December - The last legal execution in Ireland occurs in Belfast, Northern Ireland - it is of Robert McGladdery for murder.
- 31 December - Telefís Éireann goes on air as President de Valera inaugurates the new service. The station's first broadcast is a New Year countdown with celebrations at the Gresham Hotel and O'Connell Street, Dublin, relayed from the Kippure transmitter.
- The last Irish Sea sail-using cargo vessel (and the last sail ship to trade on the Mersey), the Arklow auxiliary schooner De Wadden, ceases trading commercially.
Arts and literature
- Dominic Behan's autobiography Tell Dublin I Miss Her and autobiographical novel Teems of Times are published.
- John Montague's poetry Poisoned Lands is published.
- Tom Murphy's play A Whistle In the Dark premieres at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in London.
January to June
- 5 January - Rachel Hardiman, Irish cricketer
- 6 January - Fergal Keane, writer and broadcast journalist.
- 19 January - Eoghan Corry, journalist and author.
- 25 January - Liam Currams, Offaly hurler and gaelic footballer.
- 28 February - Barry McGuigan, world Featherweight champion boxer.
- 8 March - Kevin Hennessy, Cork hurler.
- 20 March - Michael O'Leary, chief executive of the low-cost airline Ryanair.
- 27 March - Mark Cohen, cricketer.
- 28 March - Orla Brady, actress.
- 17 May
- 21 May - John Cregan, Fianna Fáil TD for Limerick West.
- 1 June - Michael Nugent, writer and dramatist.
- 2 June - Liam Cunningham, actor.
July to December
- 3 July - Mark Keane, cognitive scientist and author.
- 7 August - Roddy Collins, soccer player and manager.
- 8 August - The Edge, guitarist with U2.
- 27 August - John Hodgins, Cork hurler.
- 30 August - Ger Cunningham, Cork hurler.
- 25 September - Ronnie Whelan, soccer player.
- 13 October - Michael Walsh, Kilkenny hurler.
- 25 October - Willie Walsh, chief executive officer of Aer Lingus and British Airways.
- 27 October - Margaret Mazzantini, writer.
- 31 October - Larry Mullen, drummer with U2.
- 8 November - Seán Haughey, Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Dublin North-East, son of Charles Haughey and Maureen Haughey, grandson of Seán Lemass.
- 11 December - Dave King, vocalist and songwriter.
- 12 December - Daniel O'Donnell, singer.
Full date unknown
- 14 January - Barry Fitzgerald, Academy Award winning actor (born 1888).
- 18 January - Joseph Connolly, Fianna Fáil politician (born 1885).
- 4 February - Edward Pakenham, 6th Earl of Longford, politician, dramatist and poet (born 1902).
- 12 August - Sir Ion Hamilton Benn, 1st Baronet, businessman and British politician (born 1863).
- 25 September - James Crichton, soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross for gallantry in 1918 at Crèvecœur, France (born 1879).
- 6 October - Achey Kelly, cricketer (born 1903).
- 16 November - T. C. Hammond, Anglican clergyman, Principal of Moore Theological College, Sydney (born 1877).
- 8 December - Séamus Robinson, member of Irish Volunteers and Irish Republican Army (born 1890).
- 24 December - Con Clifford, retired Kerry Gaelic footballer and businessman (born 1887).
Full date unknown
- Patrick MacDonogh, poet (born 1902).
- Carmel Snow, journalist and editor of the American edition of Harper's Bazaar from 1934 to 1958 (born 1887).
County Cork Population
Cork's population reaches an all-time low,with just 330,000 living there.The population in the late 1950s was 336,000.