1966 in Ireland
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Other events of 1966
List of years in Ireland
Events from the year 1966 in Ireland.
- President: Éamon de Valera (Fianna Fáil)
- Taoiseach: Seán Lemass (Fianna Fáil) (until 10 November), Jack Lynch (Fianna Fáil) (starting 10 November)
- Prime Minister of Northern Ireland: Terence O'Neill
- 13 February - The Bishop of Clonfert protests over the content of The Late Late Show, taking exception to a woman telling host Gay Byrne that she didn't wear a nightie on her wedding night.
- 6 March - A memorial is opened at Kilmichael, County Cork, to commemorate the 1920 ambush there.
- 8 March
- Nelson's Pillar in O'Connell Street, Dublin, is clandestinely blown up, probably by former Irish Republican Army volunteers marking this year's 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising.
- The Broadcasting Authority (Amendment) Act changes the name of the national broadcasting authority from Radio Éireann to Radio Telefís Éireann and its radio and television (Telefís Éireann) services both become known as RTÉ.
- 31 March - The tricolour flag flown over the Dublin GPO in 1916 is handed back by the British to Taoiseach Seán Lemass in London.
- 6 April - The re-established Ulster Volunteer Force launches its campaign in Belfast
- 10 April - Celebrations take place to mark the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Nine hundred 1916 survivors hear the reading of the Proclamation and President of Ireland Éamon de Valera takes the salute at a military parade.
- 11 April - de Valera opens the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin's Parnell Square.
- 15 April - Ballymun starts construction.
- 17 April - In Belfast the Easter Rising is commemorated by large republican parades.
- 2 June - de Valera is re-elected president. He defeats Tom O'Higgins by 10,500, less than 1% of the vote.
- 25 June - de Valera is inaugurated for a second term.
- 7 July - The Minister for Education, Donogh O'Malley, announces details of his free secondary education scheme.
- 21 October - An anti-apartheid demonstration takes place outside the National stadium as the South African Amateur Boxing Team visit.
- 8 November - Tributes are paid to Seán Lemass who announces his resignation as Taoiseach.
- 10 November - The new Taoiseach, Jack Lynch, and his ministers receive their seals of office from President de Valera at Áras an Uachtaráin.
- 25 November - The body of Seán T. O'Kelly, second President of Ireland, lies in state at the Pro-Cathedral.
Full date unknown
- Foundation of Allied Irish Banks Limited by amalgamation of the Munster and Leinster Bank, Provincial Bank of Ireland and Royal Bank of Ireland.
- Foundation of Quinnsworth supermarkets by Pat Quinn.
- Ballintubber Abbey nave restored and re-roofed.
Arts and literature
- 28 February - First English-language production of Samuel Beckett's Come and Go at the Peacock Theatre, Dublin. It was first produced on 14 January, in German, in Berlin; it is also first published, in French, this year.
- 18 July - Exactly fifteen years after being burned down, the new Abbey Theatre in Dublin opens.
- October - First annual Castlebar Song Contest staged in Castlebar, County Mayo
- Seamus Heaney's first poetry collection, Death of a Naturalist
- Aidan Higgins' novel Langrishe, Go Down
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- 25 January - Donal MacIntyre, investigative journalist.
- 8 February - Seán McCarthy, Cork hurler.
- 12 April - Jim Duffy, historian and political commentator.
- 23 April - Jim Stynes, Australian rules football player.
- 15 May - Orla Guerin, television journalist.
- 22 May - Colm Ó Snodaigh, singer & musician with Kíla and writer.
- 9 June - Beverley Flynn, Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo.
- 22 August - Alain Rolland, former rugby player, international referee.
- 6 October - Niall Quinn, former International footballer.
- 8 October - Mick Galwey, Gaelic footballer, rugby player.
- 11 November - Alison Doody, actress.
- 30 November - Lenny Abrahamson, film director.
- 7 December - Leo Turley, former Laois Gaelic footballer.
- 8 December - Sinéad O'Connor, singer and song writer.
- 10 December - Colm Ó Maonlaí, actor and musician.
- 12 December - Pat Shortt, actor.
- 16 December - Paul McGinley, golfer.
Full date unknown
- John Commins, Galway hurler.
- Rachel Joynt, sculptor.
- John Power, former Kilkenny hurler.
- Liam Simpson, former Kilkenny hurler.
January to June
- 1 March - Joseph McGrath, Sinn Féin and later Cumann na nGaedheal TD, racehorse owner and breeder (born 1887).
- 10 March - Frank O'Connor, short story writer and memoirist (born 1903).
- 28 March - Patrick McCartan, Sinn Féin MP and TD, member of 1st Dáil, a founder member of Clann na Poblachta (born 1878).
- 1 April - Brian O'Nolan, satirist and humorist (born 1911).
- 29 April - Tom Hales, Irish Republican Army volunteer, fought in Anglo-Irish War and Irish Civil War (born 1892).
- 23 May - Jacko Heaslip, cricketer (born 1899).
- 3 June - Fionán Lynch, Sinn Féin MP and TD, member of 1st Dáil, Cabinet Minister, Cumann na nGaedheal and Fine Gael TD (born 1889).
- 7 June - James Hickey, Labour politician and Lord Mayor of Cork.
July to December
- 26 July - Maura Laverty, writer (born 1907).
- 12 August - Mike McTigue, boxer, light heavyweight champion of the world from 1923-1925 (born 1892).
- 23 November - Seán T. O'Kelly, founding member of Fianna Fáil, Cabinet Minister and second President of Ireland (born 1882).
- 14 December - Paul Galligan, merchant, member of 1st Dáil representing Cavan West (born 1888).
- 15 December - Conn Ward, Fianna Fáil politician (born 1890).
- 25 December - Thomas Harvey, cricketer and rugby player (born 1878).
Full date unknown
- Sydney Sparkes Orr, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Tasmania (born 1914).
- Sim Walton, Kilkenny hurler (born 1880).
- "Broadcasting Authority (Amendment) Act, 1966". Irish Statute Book. Retrieved 2012-07-30.
- "Playography Ireland". Dublin: Irish Theatre Institute. Retrieved 2015-07-07.
- "History Timeline". Abbey Theatre. Retrieved 2015-07-07.
- "The late Mr Michael McDermott, Spencer Street, Castlebar". The Connaught Telegraph. 29 July 1998. Retrieved 2012-04-05.