2005 in Ireland

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Events from the year 2005 in Ireland.




recent tsunami.






  • 13 June – The Irish language is granted official status as a working language within the European Union.
  • 30 June – The M50 motorway is finally completed, 34 years after the route was first envisaged and 17 years after construction began.


  • 7 July – Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, meets Pope Benedict XVI for a private audience in Rome.
  • 16 July – Irish student, Tara Whelan (17) and a British holidaymaker were among five people killed in the popular tourist resort of Kuşadası, in Turkey.
  • 28 July – In what has been described as an "historic" day the Provisional Irish Republican Army ends its armed campaign and orders all its units to dump arms. The organisation also orders its members not to engage in any other activities of any kind.
  • 29 July – 45-year-old Limerick woman, Dolores McNamara, scoops €115 million after winning the Euromillions rollover jackpot prize. It is Europe's largest ever lottery jackpot.




  • 1 November – The Government launches the biggest national transport plan in the history of the state. The strategy, known as Transport 21, will allow for €34.4 million to be spent on roads, rail and the Dublin metro over a ten-year period.
  • 18 November – Cork City Football Club win the League of Ireland for the second time in their history in front of a capacity crowd at Turners Cross Stadium.
  • 18 November – Roy Keane sensationally leaves Manchester United in a decision that was said to be by mutual consent.
  • 24 November – Abbas Boutrab becomes the first non republican or loyalist to be convicted in the diplock courts of Northern Ireland – he is convinced of having information that could be used to bomb an airliner.
  • 25 November – George Best, the man described as the greatest association football player of his or any generation,[by whom?] dies in London after several months of declining health.


Arts and literature[edit]

John Banville
John Banville won the Man Booker Prize, for his novel The Sea.


Main article: 2005 in Irish music


Association football[edit]

Both Ireland teams failed to qualify
Winners: Linfield F.C.
Winners: Cork City F.C.
Winners: Glentoran
Winners: Portadown F.C.
Drogheda United F.C. 2–0 Cork City F.C.

Gaelic games[edit]


Rugby union[edit]


Patrick Denis O'Donnell died in January.
Patrick Denis O'Donnell died in January.
Hugh Lambert died in December.
Hugh Lambert died in December.
January to March
April to June
July to September
October to December

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