1995 in Ireland

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Events from the year 1995 in Ireland.



  • 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]
  • 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[edit]


Gaelic football[edit]

  • 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.




  • 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.




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July to December[edit]

Full date unknown[edit]

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  1. ^ "Censors lift ban on Playboy". Sun Journal. Associated Press. 27 September 1995. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Release dates for "Father Ted"". IMDb. Retrieved 21 March 2012.
  3. ^ Corr, Alan (4 January 2011). "In Ted We Trust". RTÉ. Archived from the original on 2 November 2012. Retrieved 21 March 2012.
  4. ^ Smyth, Gerry (1997). The Novel and The Nation: Studies in the New Irish Fiction. London: Pluto Press.
  5. ^ "Steve Collins". BoxRec. Archived from the original on 29 March 2015. Retrieved 6 April 2012.