1963 in Ireland
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Other events of 1963
List of years in Ireland
Events from the year 1963 in Ireland.
- 17 January – Thomas Johnson, first parliamentary leader of the Labour Party, dies aged 91.
- 24 January – The Minister for Justice, Charles Haughey, announces that the government proposes to abolish the death penalty.
- 29 January – A new control tower is opened at Shannon Airport.
- 20 May – The Minister for Education, Patrick Hillery, announces plans for comprehensive schools and regional technical colleges.
- 3 June – Teilifís Éireann closes down immediately after its 9 o'clock news bulletin as a mark of respect to the memory of Pope John XXIII.
- 27 June – U.S. president John F. Kennedy visits his ancestral home at New Ross, County Wexford. He inspects a naval guard of honour and then addresses the crowd.
- 28 June – U.S. president John Kennedy receives a standing ovation as he addresses a joint session of both houses of the Oireachtas.
- 29 June – U.S. president John Kennedy chats with President de Valera at the U.S. Embassy in Dublin before leaving Ireland.
- 4 October – Speaking on the nuclear test ban at the United Nations in New York, the Minister for External Affairs, Frank Aiken, calls for an end to all nuclear weapons.
- 16 October – Taoiseach Seán Lemass is greeted by U.S. president John Kennedy at the White House where he inspects a guard of honour.
- 1 November – Domhnall Ua Buachalla, the last Governor-General of the Irish Free State, is buried in Dublin.
- 7 November – The Beatles arrive in Dublin for a concert in the Adelphi Cinema. This is the only time that they ever perform in the Republic of Ireland.
- 22 November – President de Valera addresses the nation on the death of U.S. president John Kennedy.
- 24 November – President de Valera leaves for the funeral of U.S. president John Kennedy. He is accompanied by cadets who have been invited by Jacqueline Kennedy to form a guard of honour.
- 26 November – Ireland held a national day of mourning following the death of U.S. president John F. Kennedy
Arts and literature
- 2 June – Benjamin Britten's A Hymn of St Columba is premiered at Gartan.
- Cork Opera House fully rebuilt and reopened.
- Publication of John McGahern's first novel, the semi-autobiographical The Barracks.
- Shelbourne win the FAI Cup.
- Paddy Prendergast becomes the first Irish-based trainer to become British flat racing Champion Trainer, retaining the title for the succeeding two years.
- 7 January – Tony O'Sullivan, Cork hurler.
- February – Theresa Lowe, television presenter.
- 3 March – Conor Lenihan, Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin South-West and Minister of State.
- 19 March – Mark Dearey, businessman and Green Party councillor in Dundalk.
- 25 March – Kevin O'Rourke, economic historian, born in Switzerland.
- 26 March – Paul Doolin, soccer player.
- 29 March – Pat Gallagher, Irish Labour Party politician.
- 3 April – Ciarán Cuffe, Green Party TD for Dún Laoghaire.
- 4 April – Graham Norton, actor, comedian and television presenter.
- 1 June – Michael Creed, Fine Gael TD for Cork North-West.
- 3 June – Lucy Grealy, poet and memoirist (d. 2002).
- 13 June – Larry Tompkins, Kildare and Cork Gaelic footballer.
- 21 June – Carlos O'Connell, Irish decathlete.
- 25 June – Liam Walsh, Kilkenny hurler.
- 26 June – Tomás Mulcahy, Cork hurler.
- 23 July – Andy Townsend, soccer player born in England of Irish descent.
- 28 July – Eamon Ryan, Green Party TD for Dublin South and Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.
- 22 August – Terry McHugh, javelin thrower.
- 31 August – Todd Carty, actor.
- 10 September – Marian Keyes, novelist.
- 24 September – Margaret Cox, Fianna Fáil Senator.
- 25 September – Niall Cahalane, Cork Gaelic footballer.
- 9 November – Kieran O'Regan, soccer player.
- 13 November – Joe Dooley, Offaly hurler, manager.
- 1 December – Paul Bradford, Fine Gael Senator.
- 5 December – Tony Keady, Galway hurler (d. 2017).
Full date unknown
- Pat Boran, poet.
- Orla Kiely, fashion and textile designer.
- Bryan Smyth, singer, actor and television presenter.
January to June
- 1 February – John Cardinal D'Alton, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland from 1946 to 1963 (b. 1882).
- 4 February – Brinsley MacNamara (John Weldon), novelist and playwright (b. 1890).
- 22 February – Padraig O'Keeffe, fiddle player (b. 1887).
- 3 March – Brian O'Higgins, Sinn Féin MP and President (b. 1882).
- 19 March – Joseph Brennan, civil servant and Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland (b. 1887).
- 16 May – Patrick Little, Fianna Fáil TD and Cabinet Minister (b. 1884).
- 31 May – Seán O'Hegarty, Irish Republican Army member during the Irish War of Independence (b. 1881).
- 12 June – Andrew Cunningham, 1st Viscount Cunningham of Hyndhope, British admiral of the Second World War and First Sea Lord (b. 1883).
- 23 June – George C. Bennett, Cumann na nGaedheal TD, later joined Fine Gael and Seanad Éireann member (b. 1877).
July to December
- 11 October – John Galvin, Fianna Fáil TD (b. 1907).
- 30 October – Hugh O'Flaherty, Catholic priest, saved about 4,000 Allied soldiers and Jews in the Vatican during World War II (b. 1898).
- 30 October – Domhnall Ua Buachalla, member of 1st Dáil, Fianna Fáil TD, last Governor-General of the Irish Free State (b. 1866).
- 2 November – Daniel Mannix, Catholic clergyman, Archbishop of Melbourne for 46 years (b. 1864).
- 22 November – C. S. Lewis, novelist and author of The Chronicles of Narnia (b. 1898).
- November – Patrick MacGill, journalist, poet and novelist (b. 1889).
- 4 December – William Norton, Labour Party (Ireland) leader, TD and Cabinet Minister (b. 1900).
- 15 December – Oscar Traynor, Fianna Fáil politician (b. 1886).
- December – Andy Kennedy, footballer (b. 1897).
Full date unknown
- Charles Campbell, 2nd Baron Glenavy, peer (b. 1885).