1971 in Ireland
|See also:||1971 in Northern Ireland
Other events of 1971
List of years in Ireland
Events from the year 1971 in Ireland.
- 4 January – John McQuaid retired after thirty years as Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin. Dermot Ryan was appointed to succeed him on 29 December.
- 15 February – decimalisation: Ireland and the United Kingdom both switched to decimal currency.
- 6 March – crowds assembled at Dublin Airport to witness the first flight of a Boeing 747 aircraft in Ireland when Aer Lingus took delivery of its first Jumbo Jet, the Saint Columcille (registration number EI-ASI), which arrived from New York.
- 17 March – the giant Jumbo Jet recently arrived in Ireland flew over the Saint Patrick's Day parade along O'Connell Street, Dublin, escorted by four smaller aircraft.
- 20 March – Major James Chichester-Clark resigned as Prime Minister of Northern Ireland. He was succeeded on 23 March by Brian Faulkner.
- April – the Eurovision Song Contest was held in Dublin. Presented by Bernadette Ní Ghallchóir, it was the first colour television broadcast by RTÉ.
- 11 April
- 20 April – two British Royal Navy survey launches moored off Baltimore, County Cork, were towed out to sea and bombed by a Provisional Irish Republican Army unit, one, the Stork, being wrecked.
- 11 May – Seán Lemass, Taoiseach from 1959 to 1966, died in Dublin aged 71. He was active during the 1916 Easter Rising, the War of Independence and the Civil War.
- 22 May – members of the Irish Women's Liberation Movement returned from Belfast to Dublin on the "Contraceptive Train" bringing contraceptives as a protest against the law banning their importation.
- 8 July – two rioters were shot dead by British troops in Derry.
- 16 July – the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) announced that it was withdrawing from Stormont.
- 9 August – internment without trial was introduced in Northern Ireland. Over 300 republicans were arrested in pre-dawn raids by British security forces and interned in Long Kesh prison. Some Loyalists were later arrested. Twenty people died in riots that followed, including eleven in the Ballymurphy Massacre.
- 12 August – British troops began clearing operations in Belfast following the worst rioting in years. Taoiseach Jack Lynch called for an end to the Stormont administration.
- 7 September – the death toll in The Troubles reached 100 after three years of violence, with the death of 14-year-old Annette McGavigan, who was fatally wounded by a gunshot in crossfire between British soldiers and the IRA.
- 25 September – a rally took place in Dublin in support of a campaign of civil disobedience in Northern Ireland.
- 27 September – Prime ministers Edward Heath, Jack Lynch, and Brian Faulkner met at Chequers to discuss the Northern Ireland situation.
- 13 October – the British Army began to destroy roads between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland as a security measure.
- 23 October – two women were shot dead by soldiers in Belfast as their car failed to stop at a checkpoint.
- 31 October
- 10 November – the Government defeated a motion of no confidence in Jim Gibbons.
- 17 November – Neil Blaney and Paudge Brennan were expelled from the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party.
- 4 December – the McGurk's Bar bombing, carried out by the Ulster Volunteer Force in Belfast, killed 15 people, the highest death toll from a single incident in the city during "the Troubles".
- Undated – Units 1 and 2 of Poolbeg Generating Station in Dublin were completed.
Arts and literature
- Playwrights John Arden and Margaretta D'Arcy settle in County Galway.
- John Banville's novel Nightspawn is published.
- Thomas Kilroy's novel The Big Chapel is published.
- Seán Ó Ríordáin's poetry collection Línte Liombó is published.
- Francis Stuart's autobiographical novel Black List, Section H is published.
All-Ireland Senior Football Championship: Offaly 1–14 Galway 2–8
All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship: Tipperary 5–17 Kilkenny 5–14
- 20 January – Ger McDonnell, mountaineer and engineer (d. 2008)
- 31 January – Mark Geary, singer songwriter.
- 3 March – Stephen J. Martin, writer.
- 4 March – Fergal Lawler, drummer with The Cranberries.
- 12 March – Conrad Gallagher, chef.
- 6 April – Derek Tracey, soccer player.
- 29 April – Adrian Maguire, jockey.
- 30 April – John Boyne, novelist.
- 18 June – Jason McAteer, international soccer player.
- 28 June – Kenny Cunningham, soccer player.
- 16 July – Joe McHugh, Fine Gael TD for Donegal North-East, former Senator.
- 2 August – Davy FitzGerald, Clare hurler.
- 4 August – Paul McCarthy, soccer player (d. 2017).
- 6 August – Conor McPherson, playwright and director.
- 10 August – Roy Keane, former Manchester United and Glasgow Celtic footballer and current Sunderland manager.
- 17 August – Anthony Kearns, tenor
- 18 August – Aphex Twin, electronic music artist.
- 31 August – Pádraig Harrington, golfer, won the 2007 Open Championship.
- August – Brian Whelahan, Offaly hurler.
- 6 September – Dolores O'Riordan, singer and songwriter.
- 7 October – Johnny Dooley, Offaly hurler, manager.
- 24 October – Dervla Kirwan, actress.
- 3 November – Dylan Moran, comedian, actor and writer.
- 26 November – James McGarry, Kilkenny hurling goalkeeper.
- November – Brian Lohan, Clare hurler.
- 25 December – Noel Hogan, guitarist and songwriter.
- Full date unknown
- 2 January – J. T. O'Farrell, trade union official, served in the Seanad from 1922–36 and 1948–50.
- 24 January – St John Ervine, playwright and novelist (born 1883).
- 28 January – Edward O'Connell, Cork hurler.
- 31 March – Michael Browne, Master General of the Dominicans, Cardinal (born 1887).
- 1 April – Kathleen Lonsdale, X-ray crystallographer (born 1903).
- 4 May – Seamus Elliott, road bicycle racer (born 1934).
- 10 May – Archie Heron, trade union organiser.
- 11 May
- 15 May – Tyrone Guthrie, theatrical director (born 1900).
- 13 June – Máiréad Ní Ghráda, poet and playwright.
- 14 June – Gerard Dillon, artist and painter (born 1916).
- 14 August – Shane Leslie, diplomat and writer (born 1885).
- 15 September – John Desmond Bernal, scientist (born 1901).
- 26 September – Conor Maguire, Chief Justice of Ireland (born 1889).
- 2 October – Paddy Ahern, Cork hurler (born 1900).
- 3 October – Seán Ó Riada, composer and musician (born 1931).
- 16 December – Richard Mulcahy, Chief of Staff, TD, Cabinet Minister and former leader of Fine Gael (born 1886).
- Penguin Pocket On This Day. Penguin Reference Library. 2006. ISBN 0-14-102715-0.
- Supplementary Estimates, 1971-72. - Vote 41: Transport and Power Houses of the Oireachtas, 1971-11-25. "The company took delivery of two Boeing 747's (Jumbos) in March, 1971, and they went into service in April and May. The Aerlínte fleet now consists of 6 Boeing 707-320's and 2 Boeing 747's."
- Aer Lingus On Its Own Flight International, 1971-03-25. "A SECOND 747 will be delivered to Aer Lingus-Irish within the next two weeks to join the first which arrived in Dublin on March 6."
- "IRA claim they sank Royal Navy launch". The Times (58152). London. 21 April 1971. p. 1.
- "1971: British troops shoot Londonderry rioters". BBC News. 8 July 1971. Retrieved 2008-02-02.
- "1971: NI activates internment law". BBC News. 9 August 1971. Retrieved 2008-02-02.
- "1971: Army blasts N Ireland border roads". BBC News. 13 October 1971. Retrieved 2008-02-02.
- "1971: Two women shot at Belfast checkpoint". BBC News. 23 October 1971. Retrieved 2008-02-02.
- "1971: Bomb explodes in Post Office tower". BBC News. 31 October 1971. Retrieved 2008-02-02.
- "Standard Time (Amendment) Act, 1971".
- "1971: Bomb demolishes crowded Belfast pub". BBC News. 4 December 1971. Retrieved 2008-02-02.