2005 in Ireland

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Events from the year 2005 in Ireland.




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  • 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 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.



Association football[edit]

     Both Ireland teams failed to qualify

Setanta Cup
Winners: Linfield F.C.
League of Ireland
Winners: Cork City F.C.
Irish League
Winners: Glentoran
Irish Cup
Winners: Portadown F.C.
FAI Carlsberg Cup
Drogheda United F.C. 2–0 Cork City F.C.

Gaelic games[edit]

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final
Cork 1–21 : 1–16 Galway
Christy Ring Cup Final
Westmeath 1–23 : 2–18 Down
Nicky Rackard Cup Final
London 5–8 : 1–5 Louth
All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final
Tyrone 1–16 : 2–10 Kerry
Tommy Murphy Cup Final
Tipperary 1–16 : 2–10 Wexford
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final
Cork 1–17 : 1–13 Tipperary
All-Ireland Senior Ladies Football Championship Final
Cork 1–11 : 0–8 Galway
2005 International Rules Series
Australia by 57 points


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
1 January – Patrick Denis O'Donnell, military historian, writer and former Commandant of the Irish Defence Forces (born 1922).
4 January – Paul Darragh, showjumper (born 1953).
7 January – Eileen Desmond, Labour Party TD, Cabinet Minister, MEP and Seanad Éireann member (born 1932).
11 January – Ian Anderson, former President of the Legislative Council of the Isle of Man (born 1925).
27 January – Gordon Lambert, art collector and former member of the Seanad (born 1919).
17 February – Dan O'Herlihy, actor (born 1919).
9 March – Michael O'Higgins, Fine Gael TD and Senator (born 1917).
10 March – Dave Allen, comedian (born 1936).
April to June
2 April – Jack Stanley Gibson, surgeon and writer (born 1909).
11 April – Mattie McDonagh, former Gaelic footballer with Galway (born 1936).
1 May – Doc Carroll, former showband singer.
1 June – Geoffrey Toone, actor (born 1910).
7 June – Seán Doherty, former Fianna Fáil TD and Cabinet Minister (born 1944).
18 June – Gerald Davis, artist (born 1938).
19 June – Tom Curran, 86, former Waterford hurler.
27 June – Frank Harte, singer and song collector (born 1933).
July to September
6 August – James Wilson, composer (born 1922).
14 August – George Carpenter, Ireland's longest-living Olympian.
21 August – Liam Burke, former Fine Gael TD (born 1928).
27 August – Seán Purcell, former Gaelic footballer with Galway (born 1929).
8 September – Noel Cantwell, former international soccer player (born 1932).
10 September – Pádraig Bourke, former Kildare Gaelic footballer.
15 September – James Gogarty, former engineer and Flood Tribunal whistleblower.
21 September – Humphrey Kelleher, former Gaelic footballer with Cork.
October to December
5 October – Maura Murphy, writer (born 1928).
22 October – Liam Lawlor, Fianna Fáil politician, resigned following a finding that he had failed to co-operate with a planning irregularities investigation (born 1944).
23 October – Jack Mahon, former Gaelic footballer with Galway (born 1933.
30 October – Peter Driscoll, author and Chief Radio News sub-editor with Raidió Teilifís Éireann.
25 November – James McLoughlin, Roman Catholic Bishop of Galway (born 1929).
6 December – Tim Kennelly, former Gaelic footballer with Kerry (born 1954).
26 December – Hugh Lambert, journalist and editor (born 1944).

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