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1946 in Ireland

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1946 in Ireland
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Events from the year 1946 in Ireland.



  • President: Seán T. O'Kelly
  • Taoiseach: Éamon de Valera (FF)
  • Events

  • 3 January - William Joyce, alias Lord Haw Haw, is hanged in Wandsworth Prison for treason.
  • 7 January - The Minister for Education, Thomas Derrig, announces that because refugee children who arrived in Ireland during the war do not have a sufficient knowledge of the Irish language they cannot obtain the Leaving Certificate.
  • 21 January - Work starts on a comprehensive Irish-English dictionary.
  • 4 February - It is announced that George Bernard Shaw is to be awarded the freedom of Dublin.
  • 17 June - Aer Lingus inaugurates a Dublin-Paris air service.
  • 6 July - A new republican political party, Clann na Poblachta, is formed in Dublin.
  • 25 July - Éamon de Valera's motion to apply for membership of the United Nations is accepted in the Dáil.
  • 6 August - On the first anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, Captain Bob Lewis, the co-pilot of the Enola Gay, the aircraft which dropped the bomb, arrives at Shannon Airport, completing his first flight as a civil aviation pilot.
  • 12 August - A plane bringing 23 French Girl Guides to Dublin crashes into the side of Djouce in the Wicklow Mountains.
  • 29 August - George Bernard Shaw is honoured by being made a freeman of Dublin.
  • 2 September - The Emergency Powers Act 1939 expires. The Defence Forces (Requisitions of Emergency) Order, 1940, is also revoked by Order (signed 28 August) with effect from this date.
  • September - The Marine Service is formally disbanded and replaced by the Naval Service as a permanent component of the Irish Defence Forces.
  • 6 October - Seventy primary school teachers protest about low pay on the pitch at Croke Park at half-time during the Kerry-Roscommon All-Ireland Football Final.
  • 22 November - Walt Disney arrives in Dublin. He has a meeting with the Irish Folklore Commission to further his investigation of leprechauns for a forthcoming film.
  • 18 December - The government announces the release of 24 internees, including Brendan Behan.
  • Arts and literature

  • 5 August - Frank Carney's religious melodrama The Righteous are Bold opens at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, where it runs for an unprecedented 14 weeks.
  • Denis Devlin publishes his Lough Derg and Other Poems in New York.
  • Patrick Kavanagh publishes his poem "On Raglan Road" (under the title "Dark Haired Miriam Ran Away") in The Irish Press (3 October).
  • Mervyn Wall publishes his first novel, The Unfortunate Fursey.
  • Jack Butler Yeats paints Men of Destiny and The Whistle of a Jacket.
  • Football

  • League of Ireland
  • FAI Cup
  • Golf

  • Irish Open is won by Fred Daly (Northern Ireland).
  • January to June

  • 2 February - Tony Byrne, former soccer player.
  • 2 April - Ruairi Quinn, former leader of the Labour Party and Cabinet Minister, TD for Dublin South-East.
  • 9 April - Charlie O'Connor, Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin South-West.
  • 15 April - Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam (1995 - ).
  • 17 April - Henry Kelly, journalist, writer and television presenter.
  • 25 April - Peter Sutherland, barrister, businessman and former politician.
  • May - Mary Upton, Labour Party (Ireland) TD for Dublin South-Central.
  • 18 June - Ray Treacy, soccer player and manager.
  • July to September

  • 12 July - Seán Keane, fiddle player with The Chieftains.
  • 10 August - Jimmy Conway, soccer player.
  • 6 August - Brendan Ryan, former Independent then Labour Party Senator.
  • 12 September - Pat Moylan, Fianna Fáil politician, Cathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann 2007—
  • 29 September - Michael Keating, former Fine Gael TD and Minister, Deputy Leader of the Progressive Democrats and Lord Mayor of Dublin.
  • 2 October - Terry Conroy, soccer player.
  • 19 October - Jim Mitchell, Fine Gael TD and Cabinet Minister (died 2002).
  • 1 December - Gilbert O'Sullivan, pop singer/songwriter.
  • 27 December - Joe Kinnear, soccer player and manager.
  • 31 December - Martin Mansergh, historian and Fianna Fáil TD for Tipperary South.
  • Full date unknown

  • Ned Byrne, former Kilkenny hurler.
  • BP Fallon, author and photographer.
  • Séamus Horgan, former Limerick hurler.
  • Charlie McCarthy, former Cork hurler.
  • Tom McGurk, poet, journalist and broadcaster.
  • Con Roche, former Cork hurler.
  • January to June

  • 16 January - Bill O'Callaghan, Cork hurler (b. c1869).
  • 19 January - Pádraic Ó Máille, Sinn Féin MP and TD, Fianna Fáil Senator (born 1878).
  • 21 January - James Crowley, Sinn Féin TD, member 1st Dáil and Cumann na nGaedheal TD.
  • 27 February - James Cecil Parke, international rugby player, tennis player, golfer and Olympic medallist (born 1881).
  • 9 March - John J. Glennon, Roman Catholic Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis and Cardinal (born 1862).
  • 20 March - Frederic Trench, 3rd Baron Ashtown, peer (born 1868).
  • 20 April - Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington, feminist, suffragette and writer (born 1877).
  • 5 April - Martin Moffat VC, soldier, (born 1882)
  • July to December

  • 22 August - John Philip Bagwell, general manager Great Northern Railway, Seanad member (born 1874).
  • 23 August - Samuel Cunningham, politician and Irish Privy Councillor (born 1862).
  • 28 August - Rudolph Lambart, 10th Earl of Cavan, British Army commander in World War I, later Chief of the Imperial General Staff and Field Marshal (born 1865).
  • 20 October - William Bernard Barry, politician in the United States (born 1902).
  • 13 November - Patrick McLane, Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania (born 1875).
  • 16 December - Blayney Hamilton, cricketer (born 1872).
  • 30 December - Mick Ahern, Cork hurler (born 1905).
  • Full date unknown

  • Jack White, soldier, trade unionist, one of the co-founders of the Irish Citizen Army (born 1879).
  • References

    1946 in Ireland Wikipedia

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