1983 in Ireland
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Other events of 1983
List of years in Ireland
Events from the year 1983 in Ireland.
- 19 January – The government confirmed that the Garda Síochána bugged politicians' and journalists' telephones.
- 8 February – A motion calling for the resignation of Charles Haughey as leader failed after a 12-hour Fianna Fáil meeting.
- 9 February – The racehorse Shergar was kidnapped from Ballymany Stud in County Kildare.
- 14 April – The inaugural meeting of Aosdána, an affiliation of creative artists, took place in the Old Parliament Building in Dublin.
- 23 April – While more than 50 illegal pirate radio stations were broadcasting in Ireland, a Government memorandum described how their signals were interfering seriously with ambulance, fire brigade, and police radio systems, airport traffic systems, and legitimate radio and television reception throughout the country. The document also referred to complaints received from other countries. The following month, equipment was seized from Radio Nova, Kiss FM and Radio Sunshine. Equipment was also removed from Community Radio 257 in Portmarnock in December.
- 25 April – Two thousand people demonstrated in Dublin against the proposed Pro-Life Amendment Bill (abortion).
- 20 May – The funeral took place of former Tánaiste, Frank Aiken.
- 23 May – The Bushmills Distillery in County Antrim celebrated its 350th anniversary.
- 27 May – A Mexican jet stranded for five weeks at Mallow Racecourse departed.
- 30 May – The inaugural meeting of the New Ireland Forum took place at Dublin Castle.
- 10 June – Gerry Adams of Sinn Féin was elected the new MP for West Belfast.
- 4 July – United States Vice President George Bush and his wife Barbara paid a one-day visit to Dublin. The Taoiseach, Garret FitzGerald, hosted a lunch in his honour at the State Apartments in Dublin Castle.
- September – The Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, paid a three-day state visit to Ireland with his wife, Sally. A guard of honour from the 5th Infantry Battalion greeted him at Dublin Airport, and the Army No. 1 Band played. The Taoiseach, Garret Fitzgerald, hosted a lunch in his honour at Iveagh House, and a banquet was held in Dublin Castle. Mugabe met Bishop Donal Lamont at Maynooth College on 9 September.
- 8 September – The referendum on the constitutional amendment in relation to abortion was carried by a two-to-one majority.
- 16 September – The Government banned the Soviet airline, Aeroflot, from landing at Shannon Airport at the request of the President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, following the shooting down by the Soviet Union of Korean Air Lines Flight 007 with the loss of all 269 passengers and crew.
- 20 September – Leading politicians paid tribute to former Tánaiste George Colley as he was buried.
- 25 September – Maze Prison escape: 38 Provisional Irish Republican Army prisoners with arms escaped from HM Prison Maze in County Antrim.
- 1 October – The Concorde supersonic airliner paid its first visit to Dublin Airport. The landing of the Air France plane was watched by a large crowd of people on the terminal building observation deck.
- 5 October – The first stretch of motorway in the Republic of Ireland was opened – the 8 kilometre Naas bypass on the N7 national primary route.
- 25 November – Quinnsworth supermarket executive Don Tidey was kidnapped outside his home in Dublin.
- 3 December – President Patrick Hillery was elected unopposed to his last seven-year term of office.
- 16 December – Don Tidey was rescued in County Leitrim.
Arts and literature
- 10 July – The Lark in the Park concert in Saint Anne's Park in Raheny featured performers the Rhythm Kings, Some Kind of Wonderful, and The Blades.
- 14 August – A concert was held at the Phoenix Park Racecourse in Dublin headlined by U2 and supported by Big Country, Eurythmics, Perfect Crime, Simple Minds, and Steel Pulse.
- August – Dorothy Nelson was awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature for her novel In Night's City.
- 29 September – Tom Murphy's play The Gigli Concert opened at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.
- Shaun Davey's orchestral suite for uilleann pipes The Pilgrim was first performed and recorded.
- Brendan Kennelly's poem sequence Cromwell was published.
- Runner Eamonn Coghlan won the 5,000-metre gold medal at the World Championships in Helsinki.
- Ireland recorded their biggest win in a full international by beating Malta 8–0 in a Euro84 qualifier at Dalymount Park.
January to June
- 4 January – Kerry Condon, actress.
- 8 January – Jon Daly, soccer player.
- 15 January – Keith Fahey, soccer player.
- 18 January – Samantha Mumba, singer and actress.
- 8 February – John Gardiner, Cork hurler.
- 15 February – Martin Coleman, Jnr, Cork hurler.
- 22 February – Kieran Murphy (Sarsfield's), Cork hurler.
- 1 March - Niall Moran, Limerick hurler.
- 9 March – Michael Foley, soccer player.
- 18 March – Setanta Ó hAilpín, Cork hurler and Australian Rules footballer.
- 20 March – Stephen Brennan, soccer player.
- 22 March – Kenny Carroll, cricketer.
- 31 March – Paddy McCarthy, soccer player.
- 20 April – Joanne King, actress.
- 18 May – Sean Thornton, soccer player.
- 27 May – Tommy Walsh, Kilkenny hurler.
- 5 June – Glen Lacey, soccer player.
- 10 June – Ger Farragher, Galway hurler.
- 19 June – Aidan Turner, actor.
July to December
- 7 July – Ciara Newell, singer and songwriter.
- 28 July – Stephen Paisley, soccer player.
- 30 July – Sean Dillon, soccer player.
- 7 August – Patrick McWalter, soccer player.
- 13 August – Graham Gartland, soccer player.
- 6 September – Stephen Kelly, soccer player.
- 7 September – Philip Deignan, road racing cyclist.
- 10 September – Brian O Donoghue, Galway Gaelic footballer.
- 16 September – Wayne Henderson, soccer player.
- 4 October – Éamon Zayed, soccer player.
- 10 October – Daryl McMahon, soccer player.
- 22 October – Tomás O'Leary, rugby player.
- 24 October – Katie McGrath, actress.
- 27 October - Stephen Hiney, Dublin hurler.
- 28 October – Gavin Whelan, soccer player.
- 31 October – Katy French, model and socialite (died 2007).
- 28 November – Peter Hynes, soccer player.
- 28 November – Mick Flannery, folk music singer and songwriter.
- 13 December – Mark Rooney, soccer player.
- 17 December – Alan Mulcahy, soccer player.
- 29 December – Cian O'Connor, Cork hurler.
Full date unknown
- Philip Brennan, Dublin hurler.
- Thomas Gernon, winner of the Millennium Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (Ireland).
- Kieran Murphy (Erin's Own), Cork hurler.
- James O'Brien, Limerick hurler.
- Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, Rose of Tralee in 2005, singer.
- Michael Prout, Cork Gaelic footballer.
January to June
- 30 January – Alan Cunningham, soldier noted for victories in the East African Campaign during the Second World War (born 1887).
- 8 February – Reginald N. Webster, businessman in America and Thoroughbred racehorse owner (born 1898).
- 16 March – Francis Connell, cricketer (born 1902).
- 20 March – Sheila Galvin, Fianna Fáil TD (born 1914).
- 25 March – Constantine Fitzgibbon, historian and novelist (born 1919).
- 20 April – Sarah Makem, traditional singer (born 1900).
- 6 May – Micheál Ó Móráin, Fianna Fáil TD and Cabinet Minister (born 1912).
- 18 May – Frank Aiken, Fianna Fáil TD and founding member, Cabinet Minister and Tánaiste (born 1898).
July to December
- 4 July – John Bodkin Adams, general practitioner in Eastbourne cleared of murdering one of his patients (born 1899).
- 21 August – Francis Evans, British diplomat (born 1897).
- 24 August – Johnny Quirke, former Cork hurler (born 1911).
- 17 September – George Colley, Fianna Fáil TD, held six Ministerial posts including Tánaiste (born 1925).
- 24 October – Anthony Barry, businessman, Fine Gael TD, Seanad member and Lord Mayor of Cork (born 1901).
- 28 October – Roderick Gill, cricketer (born 1919).
- 22 November – Leonard Wibberley, author (born 1915).
- 23 December – Colin Middleton, artist (born 1910).
Full date unknown
- Con Lehane, nationalist, member of the IRA Army Council, and Dáil representative (born 1911).
- David Neligan, policeman, "The Spy in the Castle" for Michael Collins (born 1899).
- Jim Ware, Waterford hurler (born 1908).
- Warning of ‘chaos’ on airwaves from pirate stations in 1983 Irish Times, 2013-12-28.
- Pirate radio stations cause chaos for emergency services Irish Independent, 2013-12-28.
- State papers from 1983 show drive to rein in spending on government entertaining Irish Times, 2013-12-27.
- 'Soviet threat' tactic used on Bush Irish Independent, 2013-12-27.
- Blunders and mix-ups at Mugabe visit Irish Independent, 2013-12-27.
- Confusion over 1983 Mugabe banquet Irish Independent, 2013-12-27.
- Mugabe's visit to Maynooth - 9 September 1983 Saint Patrick's College, Maynooth. Retrieved: 2013-12-28.
- FitzGerald banned Soviet airlines Irish Independent, 2013-12-27.
- "1983: Dozens escape in Maze break-out". BBC News. BBC. 25 September 1983. Archived from the original on 23 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-25.
- U2's War 3rd leg: European Summer Festivals U2gigs.com. Retrieved: 2013-07-19.
- "Irish Literature Prize Awarded". The Irish Times. 30 August 1983.
- "Playography Ireland". Dublin: Irish Theatre Institute. Retrieved 2015-04-08.