1995 in Ireland
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Other events of 1995
List of years in Ireland
Events from the year 1995 in Ireland.
- President: Mary Robinson
- Taoiseach: John Bruton (FG)
- Tánaiste: Dick Spring (Lab)
- Minister for Finance: Ruairi Quinn (Lab)
- Chief Justice: Liam Hamilton
- Dáil: 27th
- Seanad: 20th
- 27 January – Taoiseach, John Bruton, and Gerry Adams held their first formal discussions.
- 2 February – President Mary Robinson addressed a joint session of the Houses of the Oireachtas.
- 15 February – English soccer hooligans rioted at Lansdowne Road during a friendly match between Ireland and England. The match was abandoned. Ireland were 1–0 up. There was over 70 injuries, most of them were English. The English fans were escorted out of Dublin by members of the Irish Army.
- 22 February – the British Prime Minister, John Major, and the Taoiseach, John Bruton, launched the framework document regarding Northern Ireland.
- 7 March – Sir Patrick Mayhew, Northern Ireland Secretary, set out the conditions for Sinn Féin to join all-party talks, including "the actual decommissioning of some arms."
- 19 March – Dublin boxer Steve Collins beat world champion Chris Eubank to win the WBO super middleweight championship title.
- 19 May – Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh made a visit to Northern Ireland. On the same day U.S. President Bill Clinton approved a visa for Gerry Adams to enter the United States.
- 25 May – the last edition of The Irish Press was published.
- 27 May – Pat Falvey became the first Irish climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
- 31 May – The Prince of Wales began his first official visit to Dublin.
- 4 June – Ireland qualified for the quarter-finals of the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
- 13 August – Gerry Adams told a rally in Belfast that the IRA "haven't gone away."
- 9 September – David Trimble became leader of the Ulster Unionist Party.
- 13 September – the Cabinet agreed the wording of a Constitutional Amendment on divorce.
- 25 September – the Censorship of Publications Board removed a ban on the sale of Playboy, following the magazine's appeal against the prohibition. The National Women's Council of Ireland protested against the removal of the ban, which had existed since 1961.
- 1 November – Fianna Fáil TD Brian Lenihan died aged 64.
- 2 November – new blue coloured £50 note with Douglas Hyde.
- 11 November – Neil Blaney, the longest serving member in the Dáil, was buried on the Fanad Peninsula.
- 21 November – South Africa's deputy-President, F. W. de Klerk, addressed the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation at Dublin Castle.
- 24 November – in the divorce referendum, citizens voted narrowly to allow divorce.
- 26 November – a recount in the Divorce Referendum confirmed that a majority of the electorate voted in favour of divorce.
- 30 November – American President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary spent the day in Northern Ireland.
- 1 December – 80,000 people cheered Bill Clinton at College Green in Dublin. Afterwards he attended a state dinner at Dublin Castle.
- 12 December – plans for a £200 million light rail transit system in Dublin were announced. Eventually to be called Luas, it was to connect the city centre with Howth, Blackrock and Bray when complete. It was to connect Sandyford with Ballymun and Tallaght.
- 16 December – a tribunal was established to compensate victims of Hepatitis C.
- 21 December – Jack Charlton retired as manager of the Irish football team.
Arts and literature
- 24 January – The Chieftains' album The Long Black Veil was released. It included collaborations with Van Morrison (on "Have I Told You Lately") and Sinéad O'Connor (on folk songs including "He Moved Through the Fair").
- 21 April – sitcom Father Ted, written by Arthur Mathews and Graham Linehan and starring Dermot Morgan and Ardal O'Hanlon, first aired on Channel 4 television in the United Kingdom.
- 13 May – Ireland staged the Eurovision Song Contest.
- 5 October – Seamus Heaney was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
- Sebastian Barry's play The Steward of Christendom was produced for the first time.
- Phil Coulter wrote the anthem "Ireland's Call" to a commission from the Irish Rugby Football Union.
- Emma Donoghue's novel Hood was published.
- Anne Enright's first novel The Wig My Father Wore was published.
- Marian Keyes' first novel Watermelon was published.
- Patrick McCabe's novel The Dead School was published.
- Rachel Joynt and Remco deFouw's sculpture Perpetual Motion was installed on the Naas by-pass.
- 17 September – Dublin were the All-Ireland football Champions following victory over Tyrone. Peter Canavan was unlucky to be on the losing side following his personal haul of 11 points in the final. Charlie Redmond was the Dubs hero having scored the goal that eventually saw Dublin through.
- Under new manager Ger Loughnane, Clare won the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship for the first time since 1914.
- 15 February – an international soccer game between the Ireland and England was abandoned in the first half after some of the England fans ripped out seating in the West Stand of Lansdowne Road and hurled it onto the pitch. The home side had been leading 1–0 before the match was stopped.
- 9 September – Steve Collins, "The Celtic Warrior", successfully defended his WBO super middleweight title against Chris Eubank at the Green Glens Arena, Millstreet, County Cork.
- 28 January – Best Mate, racehorse (d.2005)
- 3 February – Orla Gartland, singer-songwriter
- 11 April – Sycerika McMahon, swimmer
- 29 April – Alexander Amini, scientist
- 5 August – Evan Finnegan, footballer
- 6 September – Oisin Murphy, jockey
- Unknown – Chris Walley, actor
January to June
- 1 February – Tom O'Reilly, Cavan Gaelic footballer and independent TD for Cavan 1944–1948 (born 1915)
- 5 February – Desmond Foley, Gaelic footballer and hurler and Fianna Fáil TD (born 1940).
- 20 February – Thom McGinty ("The Diceman"), actor, model, and street mime artist (born 1952).
- 14 March – Gerard Victory, composer (born 1921).
- 30 March – Harold Marcus Ervine-Andrews, soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross for gallantry in 1940 near Dunkirk, France (born 1911).
- 30 March – John Lighton Synge, mathematician and physicist (born 1897).
- 3 April – Jeremiah Newman, Bishop of Limerick.
- 14 April – Brian Coffey, poet and publisher (born 1905).
- 24 April – Florrie Burke, soccer player (born 1918).
- 7 June – Joseph Tomelty, actor and playwright.
- 14 June – Rory Gallagher, guitarist (born 1948).
- 25 June – Ernest Walton, physicist, 1951 Nobel Prize for Physics (born 1903).
- 27 June – Gordon Wilson, peace campaigner (born 1927).
July to December
- 4 July – Seán Fallon, Fianna Fáil politician, Cathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann from 1992 until his death. (born 1937)
- 12 July – Muriel Gahan, promoter of country crafts.
- 19 July – Paddy Keaveney, Independent Fianna Fáil TD (born 1929).
- 23 August – Johnny Carey, soccer player and manager (born 1919).
- 21 September – Frank Hall, journalist and satirist (born 1921).
- 27 September – Sean Conway, Fianna Fáil senator.
- 1 November – Brian Lenihan, Fianna Fáil TD, Cabinet Minister and Seanad Éireann member (born 1930).
- 8 November – Neil Blaney, Fianna Fáil TD, Cabinet Minister and MEP (born 1922).
- 8 December – Philip Lawrence, London-based headmaster stabbed to death outside the gates of his school when he went to help a pupil being attacked by a gang (born 1947).
- 18 December – Colville Deverell, cricketer and politician (born 1907).
- 19 December – P. A. Ó Síocháin, journalist, author and lawyer (born 1905).
- 25 December – James Boucher, cricketer (born 1910).
Full date unknown
- Niall Ó Dónaill, Irish language lexicographer and writer (born 1908).
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