1986 in Ireland
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Other events of 1986
List of years in Ireland
Events from the year 1986 in Ireland.
- 2 January – The national offices of the Progressive Democrats were officially opened.
- 4 January – Phil Lynott, the lead singer of Thin Lizzy, died aged 35.
- 11 February – Ireland's new football team manager, Jack Charlton, arrived in Dublin.
- 18 March – Irish citizenship was conferred on Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Tip O'Neill, for inspiring constitutional nationalists to launch an initiative for a new Ireland.
- 31 March – President Hillery and Mrs. Hillery started a four-day official visit to Austria. This was the first Irish state visit there.
- 4 May – Radiation from the devastated Chernobyl nuclear reactor in the Ukraine reached Ireland.
- 6 May – The Divorce Action Group launched its campaign for the forthcoming divorce referendum.
- 21 May – Eighteen Old Master paintings from the Beit collection were stolen from Russborough House by Martin "The General" Cahill.
- 30 May – Knock Airport, County Mayo was officially opened.
- 6 June – John Stalker was removed from the 'shoot to kill' inquiry.
- 12 June – Two giant pandas, Ming Ming and Ping Ping, arrived at Dublin Zoo.
- 21 June – An anti-divorce rally took place in Dublin.
- 27 June – Across the country, counting began in the Divorce Referendum. Tallymen predicted a strong 'no' vote.
- 7 August – The deputy leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, Peter Robinson MP, was arrested and charged with illegal assembly, after a loyalist mob took over a village in County Monaghan.
- 25–6 August – The remnants of Hurricane Charley struck Ireland. Dublin suffered its worst flooding since records began in 1880, and a new record for the greatest rainfall in one day was set when 200 millimetres of rain was measured at Kilcoole in County Wicklow. The Dodder and Dargle rivers overflowed leading to flooding of 416 houses and 35 commercial premises in Dublin.
- November – Giant's Causeway and the Causeway Coast became the first Irish UNESCO World Heritage Sites designated.
- 23 October – Thirteen-year-old Philip Cairns disappeared on his way back to school after lunch.
- December (date unknown) – The Government banned South African food imports, about half the total of South African imports into Ireland, in protest against apartheid.
- 25 December – Dublin Airport was open for the first time on a Christmas Day.
- 31 December – At the United States Embassy in Dublin, visa applications rose by 25%. 30,000 people emigrated during 1986.
Arts and literature
- 17 May – The Self Aid unemployment benefit concert was held in Dublin, featuring dozens of performers.
- Sigerson Clifford published the second edition of his poetry collection Ballads of a Bogman, including the first publication of "The Boys of Barr na Sráide".
- Bob Geldof published his autobiography, Is That It?
- Patrick McCabe published his novel, Music on Clinton Street.
- John Montague became the first occupant of the Ireland Chair of Poetry.
- The film Eat the Peach was released.
January to June
- 23 January – Luke Fitzpatrick, soccer player.
- 10 February – Steven Foley-Sheridan, soccer player.
- 17 February – Joey O'Brien, soccer player.
- 24 February – Claire Hennessy, author.
- 1 March – Shane O'Neill, Cork hurler.
- 4 April – Stephen Quinn, soccer player.
- 18 April – Conrad Logan, soccer player.
- 30 April – Derek Doyle, soccer player.
- 16 May – Andy Keogh, soccer player.
- 17 May – Wayne Byrne, soccer player.
- 19 May – Paul Byrne, soccer player.
- 23 May – Shane McFaul, soccer player.
- 8 June – Michael Shields, Cork Gaelic footballer, Australian rules footballer.
- 10 June – Darren Quigley, soccer player.
- 18 June – Lee Roche, soccer player.
July to December
- 11 July – Gerard Nash, soccer player.
- 17 July – Andrew Hageman, soccer player.
- 27 July – Davitt Walsh, soccer player.
- 31 July – Gary Dicker, soccer player.
- 22 August – Stephen Ireland, soccer player.
- 31 August – Colm Begley, Australian rules footballer.
- 10 September – Eoin Morgan, cricketer.
- 19 October – Shaun Williams, soccer player.
- 25 October – John Brophy, soccer player.
- 4 November – Brian Gartland, soccer player.
- 20 November – Evan McMillan, soccer player.
January to June
- 4 January – Phil Lynott, singer and songwriter (born 1949).
- 10 February – James Dillon, former leader of Fine Gael, TD and Minister (born 1902).
- 12 February – James Joseph Magennis, awarded Victoria Cross for taking part in Operation Struggle in 1945 (born 1919).
- 1 March – Cahir Davitt, lawyer and judge.
- 4 March – Edward McLysaght, genealogist and writer (born 1887).
- 16 March – Pat Carroll, Offaly hurler (born 1956).
- 28 March – Eddie McAteer, Nationalist Party (Northern Ireland) MP (born 1914).
- 26 April – Séamus McElwaine, Provisional Irish Republican Army member killed in an ambush near Roslea by the SAS (born 1960).
- 13 May – Peadar O'Donnell, Irish Republican socialist, Marxist activist and writer (born 1893).
- 22 May - James Christopher Branigan, aka "Lugs Branigan" (born 1910)
July to December
- 20 July – Dermot Honan. licensed vintner, member of the Seanad from 1965 to 1973.
- 1 August – James Horan, Roman Catholic monsignor, conceived and created Knock Airport (born 1911).
- 1 October – Seán Moore, Fianna Fáil TD (born 1913).
Full date unknown
- Monthly Weather Bulletin: Supplement to August 1986 Irish Meteorological Service, August 1986.
- An ‘boks amach’:* the Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement History Ireland, Issue 4 (Jul/Aug 2006), Volume 14.
- Carroll, Jim. "Self Aid 22 Years On". Irish Times. Retrieved 13 June 2010.
- Lynch, Mick. "Self-Aid: Looking Back Twenty Years On". Retrieved 13 June 2010.