1984 in Ireland

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Grotto in which Ann Lovett died with her baby son
Grotto where Ann Lovett died with her baby son

January: The Department of Posts and Telegraphs split into An Post and Telecom Éireann.

Galway City staged celebrations marking its mayoral status, which had been granted by King Richard III in 1484.

Fifteen-year old Ann Lovett died after giving birth secretly in a religious grotto. Investigations into her case brought out similar stories of abuse and abortion.

February: The Northern Ireland Assembly voted by twenty votes to one against a proposal to extend the 1967 Abortion Act, which covered Britain, to Northern Ireland.

March: Gerry Adams, leader of Sinn Féin, was shot and wounded in Belfast by the UFF (a UDA cover-name).

Dominic McGlinchey of the INLA was recaptured in the Republic and extradited to the North, the first Republican to be extradited over charges related to the conflict.

April: John Hermon, Chief Constable of the RUC, denied that security forces in Northern Ireland were operating a 'shoot-to-kill' policy.

The New Ireland Forum published its suggestions for discussion: a unitary Irish state, a federal or confederal state and joint sovereignty.

Dominic McGlinchey of the INLA
Dominic McGlinchey, allegedly leader of the INLA

President Reagan drinks Guinness at Ballyporeen
President Reagan drinks Guinness at Ballyporeen
June:  10,000 took part in a march in Dublin against American President Ronald Reagan. The following day, June 4th, Reagan addressed a joint session of the houses at the Oireachtas.

European Parliament elections were held in both parts of Ireland.

July: Father Niall O'Brien was released following his false imprisonment in the Philippines on charges of multiple murder.

Workers at Dunnes Stores in Dublin refused to handle produce from South Africa as a protest against apartheid.

The DART rail service between Howth and Bray was introduced.

August: Martin Galvin, leader of the Irish Northern Ireland Aid Committee, appeared at rallies in Derry and Belfast despite being banned from the UK. When police moved to arrest him Belfast, Catholic civilian Sean Downes was killed by a plastic bullet.

The IRA shot dead a member of the Garda Siochana in Meath.

September: The Dublin phone system collapsed due to network overload caused by a phone-in competition on an illegal radio station.

October: The University of Ulster was presented with a Royal Charter by Elizabeth II.

Women workers at Dunnes Stores in Dublin continued their eleven-week old strike against the handling of South African fruit with a sit-in at the store.

The IRA bombed the Grand Hotel in Brighton where the Conservative Party and their families were staying during their Conference. Five people were killed.

Brighton Hotel Bomb
The shattered Grand Hotel in Brighton
President Patrick Hillery
Patrick President Hillery
November: The RTÉ current affairs programme Morning Ireland was broadcast for the first time. In the same month, RTÉ's first newsreader, Charles Mitchel, read his final news bulletin.

Irish Shipping Limited was placed into liquidation.

The European Economic Community heads of government visted President Hillery and his wife at Áras an Uachtaráin.

Ireland's most sophisticated ever naval vessel,  L
É Eithne, was commissioned at Haulbowline naval base.

Notable births in Ireland

Denis Behan, soccer player
Denis Behan
January 2nd
Stephen Elliot, soccer player
Stephen Elliot
January 6th
Alan McCormack, soccer player
Alan McCormack
January 10th
John Fitzgerald, soccer player
John Fitzgerald
February 10th
Tommy Bowe, rugby player
Tommy Bowe
February 22nd
Nora Jane Noone, actress
Nora Jane Noone
March 8th
Andy Lee, boxer (Irish, born London)
Andy Lee
June 11th
Ger O'Brien, soccer player
Ger O'Brien
July 2nd
Paul Keegan, soccer player
Paul Keegan
July 5th
Martin Burke, actor
Martin Burke
October 26th
Stephen Bradley, soccer player
Stephen Bradley
November 19th

Notable Deaths in Ireland

Name Date of death Age

Tarlach Ó Raifeartaigh January 1st - Educationalist
Seán MacEntee January 10th 94 Fianna Fáil TD and Tánaiste from 1959 to 1965
Last surviving member of the First Dáil
Bernard Cowen January 24th 51 Fianna Fáil TD and Minister of State
Luke Kelly January 30th 43 Singer and member of The Dubliners
Theodore William Moody February 11th 78 Historian
Rinty Monaghan March 3rd 65 World flyweight boxing champion
Charlie Ware March 19th (83) Waterford hurler
Fintan Kennedy March 24th - Former General President of the IT & GWU
and member of the Seanad from 1969 to 1981
Jimmy Kennedy April 6th 81 Songwriter
Alec Mackie June 81 Soccer player
Paddy Grace July 21st (87) Hurler
Dennis Johnston August 8th 83 Dramatist
Jack Lawrence August 13th 79 Cricketer
Liam O'Flaherty September 7th 88 Novelist and short story writer
Charles Lynch September 15th 77 Pianist
Fintan Coogan Senior November 4th 74 Fine Gael TD
William Bedell Stamford
December 30th 74 Classical scholar and senator

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