1980 in Ireland
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Other events of 1980
List of years in Ireland
Events from the year 1980 in Ireland.
- January – Jorge Bergoglio, the future Pope Francis, arrived in Ireland for three months to learn English at Milltown College in Milltown, Dublin.
- 9 January – Charles Haughey addressed the nation on television on the matter of its worsening finances.
- 31 January – William Butler Yeats features in the new £20 note blue in colour.
- 13 February – Ireland's first ATM opens.
- 25 March – CIÉs first bus lane came into operation on Parliament Street in Dublin.
- 19 April – Johnny Logan won the Eurovision Song Contest for Ireland with the song "What's Another Year".
- 1 May – the Derrynaflan Chalice was discovered in a bog in County Tipperary.
- 1 August – eighteen people died in the Buttevant Rail Disaster.
- 8 August – ten people died in the Central Hotel Fire, Bundoran.
- 1 September – China's first Ambassador to Ireland, Madame Gong Pusheng, arrived in Dublin.
- 6 October – Justice Mella Carroll was the first woman to reach the position of High Court Judge.
- 27 October – over 2,000 people took part in the first RTÉ Radio 2 Dublin City Marathon.
- 1 November – the controversial Health (Family Planning) Act, 1979 came into operation, permitting the provision of contraceptives by prescription.
- 11 November – the National Institute for Higher Education, Dublin, admitted its first students to the college, a total of two hundred.
- 8 December – Taoiseach Charles Haughey met with the British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at Dublin Castle. It was the first visit by a British prime minister since Irish Independence.
- 19 December – former Taoiseach Jack Lynch was conferred with the freedom of his native city, Cork.
- The Wicklow Way was designated as the first waymarked long-distance walking trail in Ireland.
Arts and literature
- 23 September – Field Day Theatre Company presented its first production, the première of Brian Friel's Translations at the Guildhall, Derry.
- Eavan Boland's poetry In Her Own Image was published in the United Kingdom.
- Dermot Bolger's poetry The Habit of Flesh was published.
- Shaun Davey's orchestral suite for uilleann pipes The Brendan Voyage was composed.
- Seamus Heaney's Selected Poems 1965–1975 was published in the UK.
- Ron Hutchinson's The Irish Play was first performed, in London.
- Thomas Kinsella's Poems 1956–1973 was published in the UK.
- Paul Muldoon's poetry Why Brownlee Left was published in the UK.
- Tom Paulin's The Strange Museum, including "Pot Burial" and "Where Art Is a Midwife", was published in the UK.
- Bernard Farrell was awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature.
- The Irish Film Board was established as a funding body.
- W. A. McCutcheon's official survey The Industrial Archaeology of Northern Ireland was published.
- 11 January – Liam O'Brien, actor.
- 14 January – Clive Clarke, soccer player.
- 19 January – Kevin McHugh, soccer player.
- 31 January – Gary Doherty, soccer player.
- 1 February – Justin Kehoe, golfer.
- 6 February – Bernard Dunne, boxer.
- 3 March – Toiréasa Ferris, Sinn Féin politician.
- 14 March – Colin Healy, soccer player.
- 12 April – Brian McFadden, singer and songwriter.
- 13 April – Jason Maguire, jockey.
- 17 April – Richie Baker, soccer player.
- 18 April – Kevin Doherty, soccer player.
- 29 April – Kian Egan, singer with Westlife.
- 21 May – Darragh Ryan, soccer player.
- 28 May – Mark Feehily, singer with Westlife.
- 3 June – Ciarán Walsh, visual artist.
- 5 June – Stephen Lucey, Limerick hurler.
- 6 June – Colin Moran, Gaelic footballer.
- 16 June – Richie Foran, soccer player.
- 19 June
- 3 July – Donal O'Grady, Limerick hurler
- 8 July – Robbie Keane, soccer player.
- 23 July – Graham Canty, Cork Gaelic footballer.
- 13 August – Paul Crowley, soccer player.
- 22 August – Alan Reilly, soccer player.
- 30 August – Damien Brennan, soccer player.
- 12 September – Richie Partridge, soccer player.
- 15 September – Dean Delany, soccer player.
- 28 September – Danny O'Connor, soccer player.
- 8 October – Tony Buckley, rugby player.
- 27 October – Peter Murphy, soccer player.
- 28 October – Darren McKenna, soccer player.
- 29 October – Derek Kavanagh, Cork Gaelic footballer.
- 14 November – James Ryall, Kilkenny hurler.
- 17 December – Conor Armstrong, cricketer.
- 22 December – Noel Hickey, Kilkenny hurler.
- 26 January – John Doherty, fiddle player (born 1895).
- 14 March – Gustavus Kelly, cricketer (born 1901).
- 2 May – Cecile O'Rahilly, scholar of the Celtic languages and writer (born 1894).
- 14 May – Christine Longford, playwright (born 1900 in England).
- 11 June – William J.E. Jessop, professor, represented Dublin University in the Seanad from 1951 to 1973.
- 25 June – James Hamilton Delargy, folklorist.
- 2 July – Tom Barry, guerrilla leader in the Irish Republican Army during the Irish War of Independence (born 1897).
- 5 July – A. J. Potter, composer (born 1918).
- 13 July – Joseph Brennan, Fianna Fáil TD, Cabinet Minister and Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann (born 1912).
- 24 August – Frederick Maurice Watson Harvey, soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross for gallantry in 1917 at Guyencourt, France (born 1888).
- 5 September – Eric Cross, scientist.
- 21 September – Mick Gill, Galway and Dublin hurler (born 1899).
- 7 November – Frank Duff, founder of the Legion of Mary (born 1889).
- 9 November – Patrick Campbell, 3rd Baron Glenavy, journalist and author (born 1931).
- 10 November – John Moyney, soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross for gallantry in 1917 north of Broembeek, Belgium (born 1895).
- 22 November – Norah McGuinness, artist (born 1901).
- 25 November – Joseph Sweeney, member of 1st Dáil representing West Donegal, (Pro Treaty) (born 1897).
- 16 December – Roddy Connolly, Labour Party TD, Seanad member, son of James Connolly (born 1901).
- 24 December – Arland Ussher, academic, essayist and translator (born 1899).
- 30 December – Patrick Hennessy, painter (born 1915).
- Full date unknown
- The year Pope Francis came to live in Dublin Irish Independent, 2013-03-30.
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