2005 in Ireland

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Robert McCartney and child
Robert McCartney, who died after an attack on the anniversary of Bloody Sunday

January: Cork became the European City of Culture.

Road signs in the Republic were changed to use kilometers per hour rather than miles per hour.

The former Minister for Justice Ray Burke was jailed for tax evasion.

On January 30th, Robert McCartney was attacked by IRA members a Belfast bar. He died the following day.

February: The Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, laid the foundation stone of the new town Adamstown.

Gardaí detained suspects over the Northern Bank Robbery of December 2004.
March: The sisters and fiancée of Robert McCartney met US President George Bush in the White House on St Patrick's Day. Gerry Adams of Sinn Féin was not invited.

Cian O'Connor lost his Olympic gold medal after it was revealed that his horse, Waterford Crystal, had tested positive for banned substances.

April: President Mary McAleese and Taoiseach Bertie Ahern attended the funeral of Pope John Paul II in Rome. A remembrance service also took place in Phoenix Park, Dublin.

The Gaelic Athletic Association agreed to allow soccer and rugby to be played at Croke Park under certain circumstances.

Cian O'Connor
Cian O'Connor, equastrian

Bus crash in Meath, at which five girls died
Bus crash in Meath, in which five girls died

May: Five schoolgirls died in a bus crash in County Meath.

In the UK general election, Sinn Féin became the largest nationalist party at Westminster, while Reg Empey stepped down as leader of the UUP.

June: The M50 motorway was completed, 17 years after construction began.

The Irish language was granted official status as a working language in the European Union.

July: The Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, had a private audience with the new Pope Benedict XVI in Rome.

On the 28th, the Provisional IRA announced the formal end to its armed campaign. British Prime Minister Tony Blair called this 'a step of unparalled magnitude'.

Limerick woman Dolores McNamara won the biggest ever Euromillions jackpot.

August: The British government set out a two year plan to scale down the British army's presence in Northern Ireland. It would also repeal counter-terrorist regulation particular to Northern Ireland.
Dolores McNamara, jackpot winner
Dolores McNamara
'Nation Prays for Rory'
Rory Carroll kidnapped in Iraq

September: The Irish population officially reached its highest level since 1861.

The IRA made a statement verifying that all arms had been put beyond use. This was confirmed by the head of the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning, General John de Chastelain.

Belgian businessman Dr Tiede Herrema returned to Limerick twenty years after his kidnap by the Provisional IRA

The abducted Irish journalist Rory Carroll was released unharmed in Iraq.

The results of the Ferns Inquiry into allegations of clerical sexual abuse in the Ferns Diocese in Wexford were published.

November: The Irish government released its biggest transport plan in the history of the state, Transport 21.

Abbas Boutrab became the first non-republican or loyalist to be convicted by a Diplock Court. He had downloaded information on how to blow up an airliner.

Footballer George Best died.

December: Irish broadcaster Terry Wogan received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II.

After the Stormontgate charges were dropped, Sinn Féin member Denis Donaldson admitted to having been a British agent for two decades.

A car bomb heading to Blanchardstown was intercepted  by g
ardaí  and Special Branch. The individual arrested was believed to have been connected to the Continuity IRA.
Denis Donaldon and Martin McGuinness in 2005
Martin McGuinness and Denis Donaldson

Notable Deaths in Ireland

Name Date of death Age

Patrick Denis O'Donnell 1st January 86 Military historian, writer and former Comandant of the Irish Defence Forces
Paul Darragh 4th January 51 Showjumper
Eileen Desmond 7th January 72 Irish Labour Party TD, Cabinet Minister and MEP
Ian Anderson 11th January 69 Former President of the Legislative Council of the Isle of Man
Gordon Lambert 27th January 85 Art collector and former member of the Seanad
Dan O'Herlihy 17th February 85 Actor
Michael O'Higgins 9th March 87 Fine Gael TD and Senator
Dave Allen 10th March 68 Comedian
Jack Stanley Gibson 2nd April (95) Surgeon and writer
Mattie McDonagh 11th April (69) Former Gaelic footballer with Galway
Doc Carroll 1st May 64 Former showband singer
Geoffrey Toone 1st June 94 Actor
Seán Doherty 7th June 60 Fianna Fáil TD and Cabinet Minister
Gerald Davis 18th June (67) Artist
Tom Curran 19th June - Former Waterford hurler
Frank Harte 27th June 72 Singer and song collector
James Wilson 6th August 82 Composer
George Carpenter 14th August 96 Olympian athlete
Liam Burke 21st August 75 Former Fine Gael TD
Seán Purcell 27th August (75) Former Gaelic footballer with Galway
Noel Cantwell 8th September 73 Former international soccer player
James Gogarty 15th September - Former engineer and Flood Tribunal whistleblower
Humphrey Kelleher 21st September 59 Former Gaelic footballer with Cork
Maura Murphy 5th October 77 Writer
Liam Lawlor 22nd October 61 Former Fianna Fáil politician
Jack Mahon 23rd October - Former Gaelic footballer with Galway
James McLoughlin 25th November 76 Roman Catholic Bishop of Galway
Tim Kennelly 6th December 51 Gaelic footballer with Kerry
Hugh Lambert 26th December 61 Journalist and editor

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