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1945 in Ireland

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Events from the year 1945 in Ireland.



  • President: Douglas Hyde (until June 24, 1945); Seán T. O'Kelly (starting June 25, 1945)
  • Taoiseach: Éamon de Valera (FF)
  • Events

  • 1 January – Most public transport came under the control of Córas Iompair Éireann.
  • 12 January – The people of Ireland donated £100,000 to the starving people of Italy.
  • 13 April – Dáil Éireann sat for 20 minutes to express sympathy and pay tribute to US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who died the previous day. The House was then adjourned.
  • 27 April – The Fine Gael party nominated Seán Mac Eoin as their presidential election candidate in opposition to the Minister for Finance Seán T. O'Kelly.
  • 2 May
  • In one of the most controversial episodes of his premiership, Taoiseach Éamon de Valera called to the German Ambassador to express his sympathy following the death of Adolf Hitler.
  • In the last Irish shipping loss due to World War II, motor fishing trawler Naom Garvan caught a naval mine in her trawl off Helvick Head, Dungarvan; all three crew were lost.
  • 7 May – Reports of a German surrender brought students of Trinity College Dublin onto the roof of the university singing the English and French national anthems. A riot ensued following the burning of the Irish tricolour.
  • 11 May – Government censorship of the media was lifted.
  • 16 May – Éamon de Valera replied in a radio broadcast to Winston Churchill's criticism of Irish neutrality.
  • 18 May – Éamon de Valera announced £12 million food and clothing aid programmed for Europe.
  • 22 May – Irish Legal Terms Act signed into law.
  • 25 June – Seán T. O'Kelly was inaugurated as the second President of Ireland.
  • July – Rannóg an Aistriúcháin, the Oireachtas translation service, published Litriú na Gaeilge: Lámhleabhar an Chaighdeáin Oifigiúil ("Irish orthography: a handbook of the official standard").
  • 24 July – John F. Kennedy visited Dublin as a journalist and met the Taoiseach, Éamon de Valera. He filed a story for the New York Journal-American on 29 July entitled, "Eamon de Valera Seeks to Unite All Ireland: Eire Premier Answers Dillon on Constitutional Rights".
  • 21 August – Two nationalist MPs took the Oath of Allegiance and entered the Parliament of the United Kingdom at Westminster.
  • 16 September – Count John McCormack, the famous tenor, died in Dublin aged 61.
  • 15 October – Professor Eoin MacNeill died in Dublin aged 77. He was a founder-member of the Gaelic League and the Irish Volunteers.
  • 3 December – Oranges went on sale in Ireland for the first time since the end of World War II.
  • 14 December – The Nuremberg Trials heard the story of German plans to create a revolution in Ireland during the War.
  • 25 December – In his presidential address President Seán T. O'Kelly asked the youth of Ireland to make a particular effort to restore the Irish language.
  • A "popular edition" of the Constitution of Ireland is published by the Stationery Office, amending the Irish language text.
  • Arts and literature

  • J. Sheridan Le Fanu's Green Tea and Other Ghost Stories was published posthumously in the United States.
  • E. J. Moeran's Cello Concerto incorporated fragments of Irish music.
  • Establishment of Irish language publisher Sáirséal agus Dill in Dublin by Seán Sairséal Ó hÉigeartaigh and his wife Bríd Ní Mhaoileoin.
  • Football

  • League of Ireland
  • FAI Cup
  • Golf

  • The Irish Open was not played due to The Emergency.
  • January to March

  • 8 January – Kevin Conneff, bodhrán player and singer with The Chieftains.
  • 12 January
  • Tony Maher, Cork hurler.
  • Eddie O'Brien, Cork hurler.
  • 2 February – Billy Morgan, Cork Gaelic footballer and manager.
  • 5 February – Michael Courtney, titular archbishop of Eanach Dúin and Apostolic Nuncio to Burundi (assassinated 2003).
  • 12 February – Jimmy Keaveney, Dublin Gaelic footballer.
  • 17 February – Brenda Fricker, actress.
  • 17 March – Paddy Mulligan, soccer player.
  • March – Bernard Durkan, Fine Gael TD for Kildare North.
  • April to June

  • 2 April – Batt O'Keeffe, Fianna Fáil TD for Cork North-West and Minister of State.
  • 8 April – Diarmuid Martin, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland.
  • 18 April – Margaret Hassan, aid worker in Iraq, kidnapped and murdered by Iraqi insurgents (died 2004).
  • 20 April – Alan Dukes, leader of Fine Gael and TD, Director General of the Institute of European Affairs.
  • 26 April – Séamus Kirk, Fianna Fáil TD for Louth.
  • 27 April – Dinny McGinley, Fine Gael TD for Donegal South-West.
  • 4 May – Jim Higgins, Fine Gael TD, Senator and Member of the European Parliament.
  • 7 May
  • Susan Denham (née Gageby), Chief Justice of Ireland.
  • Alexis FitzGerald, Jnr, Fine Gael TD and Senator.
  • Christy Moore, folk singer.
  • 21 May – Éamonn Cregan, Limerick Gaelic footballer and hurler, manager.
  • 1 June – Niamh Bhreathnach, Labour Party politician, TD and Minister for Education.
  • 1 June – Jarlath McDonagh, Fine Gael politician.
  • 6 June – Denis Coughlan, Cork Gaelic footballer and hurler.
  • 17 June – Pat Hickey, judoka and Olympic sports administrator.
  • 20 June – Denis Brennan, Bishop of Ferns (2006– ).
  • 30 June – Sean Scully, painter.
  • June – Nora Owen, Fine Gael TD and Minister for Justice.
  • July to December

  • 1 July – Jack Wall, Labour Party TD for Kildare South.
  • 11 July – Patrick Joseph McGrath, second Roman Catholic Bishop of San Jose in California.
  • July – John Dardis, Progressive Democrats Senator.
  • 3 August – Eamon Dunphy, footballer, commentator and broadcaster.
  • 12 September – Maria Aitken, actress, writer and director.
  • 13 September – Niall FitzGerald, businessman.
  • 15 September – Donie Cassidy, Fianna Fáil TD representing Longford–Westmeath, businessman.
  • 20 September – Eamonn Walsh, Labour Party TD, local councillor.
  • September – Gerald McCarthy, Cork hurling manager and player.
  • 19 November – Christie Hennessy, folk singer songwriter (died 2007).
  • 8 December – John Banville, novelist.
  • 17 December – John Neill, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin, Bishop of Glendalough, Primate of Ireland and Metropolitan.
  • 24 December – Noel Davern, Fianna Fáil TD representing Tipperary South, Cabinet Minister, Member of the European Parliament.
  • Full date unknown

  • Richie Bennis, Limerick hurling manager.
  • Justin McCarthy, Cork hurler, Waterford hurling manager.
  • Bernard O'Donoghue, poet and academic.
  • Philip Pettit, philosopher and political theorist.
  • Kieran Purcell, Kilkenny hurler.
  • Pad Joe Whelehan, Offaly hurler, manager.
  • Deaths

  • 30 January – Patrick Belton, Fianna Fáil and Cumann na nGaedheal TD, President of the anti-communist Irish Christian Front (born in 1885).
  • 4 April – Henry Guinness, served as an Independent member of the Seanad from 1922.
  • 24 July – Kitty Kiernan, fiancée of the assassinated Michael Collins (born 1892).
  • 3 October – Dermod O'Brien, painter (born in 1865).
  • 13 October – Joseph MacRory, Cardinal, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland (born in 1861).
  • 15 October – Eoin MacNeill, scholar, nationalist and revolutionary (born in 1867).
  • 24 October – Frederick Field, Royal Navy Admiral of the Fleet and First Sea Lord (born in 1871).
  • 6 December – Edmund Dwyer-Gray, politician and 29th Premier of Tasmania in 1939 (born in 1870).
  • 20 December – John M. Lyle, architect in Canada (born in 1872).
  • References

    1945 in Ireland Wikipedia

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