2015 in Ireland

Events during the year 2015 in Ireland.

Incumbents

Events

January

  • 12 January – It was reported that defence co-operation between the Irish and British armies is to be formalised and increased in scope when the Irish Minister for Defence and the British defence secretary sign a historic memorandum of understanding at a ceremony in Dublin by the end of January. New developments will include the Irish Army training British soldiers in peacekeeping operations, and surplus British Army equipment being donated to the Irish.[1]
  • 14 January – A red-alert weather warning was issued by Met Éireann as Storm Rachel struck the country.[2]
  • 18 January – Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, revealed his homosexuality on radio, thus becoming the first openly gay government minister in Ireland.[3][4]

February

March

  • 3 March – The Government confirmed it would lock away for 75 years any statements it received from victims of child sexual abuse (almost twice the normal length), prompting criticism from survivors.[12]
  • 13 March – A new political party, Renua Ireland, is launched.[13]
  • 26 March – Kathleen Hayes Rollins Snavely became the oldest Irish-born person to have ever lived.[14]

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

  • 2 October – The postal service, An Post, told the public not to post any mail owing to a staff dispute, then stated that staff might be dismissed if no post arrived for them to sort.[30]
  • 10 October – 10 people die in a fire at a halting site in Carrickmines in Dublin.
  • 11 October – A garda is among two people who died in a shooting in Omeath near Carlingford in Louth.
  • 12 October – The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin told a synod of bishops in Rome that Irish people "struggle to understand abstract moral principles" while remaining capable of understanding that people need to be happy and to belong. He also claimed that the recent debate about same-sex marriage in Ireland was conducted by laypeople in language that belonged to the Roman Catholic Church, concepts he described as "traditionally our language: equality, compassion, respect and tolerance."[31][32]

November

December

  • 7–13 December – Heavy rain and strong winds grip the north-west of Ireland causing bad flooding to Athlone, Carrick on Shannon and parts of Galway.
  • 28 December – 1 January 2016: More flooding takes place across the country causing serious damage.
  • 29 December – The controversial Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2015 became law.[34]

Arts, literature and sciences

Sports

Association football

International friendly matches
UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group D

Cricket

Gaelic games

2015 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final
  • 6 September – Kilkenny 1–22 – 1–18 Galway
2015 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final
  • 20 September – Dublin 0–12 – 0–9 Kerry

Hockey

Deaths

January to July

July to December

See also

References

  1. ^ Ireland and UK agree historic defence agreement Irish Times, 2015-01-12.
  2. ^ "Storm Rachel: Red alert forces school shutdown as thousands nationwide are without power". Irish Independent. 15 January 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  3. ^ Kelly, Fiach (18 January 2015). "Leo Varadkar interview a significant moment in public life: Prominence in public coming out by leading Minister of traditionally conservative party". The Irish Times. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Minister for Health Leo Varadkar says he is gay". RTÉ News. 18 January 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Dun Laoghaire-Holyhead ferry ends after 204 years". RTÉ News. 4 February 2015. Archived from the original on 26 February 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Paul Murphy TD was aware arrests could be made after government statements – partner". Independent. 9 February 2015.
  7. ^ Minihan, Mary (9 February 2015). "Arrest of Paul Murphy and others described as 'way over the top': Ruth Coppinger believes 'over the top' action by gardaí will 'rebound completely'". Times.
  8. ^ "Carey wishes he came out as gay man during political career". RTÉ News. 13 February 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  9. ^ "Irish Times to introduce metered paywall online". RTÉ News. 17 February 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  10. ^ "The Irish Times to introduce digital subscriptions next week". The Irish Times. 17 February 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  11. ^ "Irish Times to introduce paywall next week, costing up to €50 a month". Irish Independent. 17 February 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  12. ^ Ó Cionnaith, Fiachra (4 March 2015). "75 years: Abuse files to be secret". Irish Examiner. Archived from the original on 9 March 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2015. The decision not to make the files publicly available [...] was put forward yesterday by Jan O'Sullivan, the education minister, and will see the files withheld for almost twice as long as State papers are normally kept.
  13. ^ "Revealed: Lucinda's new party is called Renua Ireland". Irish Independent. 13 March 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  14. ^ "Oldest Irish woman to make history at midnight". Irish Examiner. 25 March 2015.
  15. ^ President Higgins in official visit to Turkey RTÉ News, 2015-04-23.
  16. ^ a b President to attend WW1 Commemorations in Turkey (Gallipoli) and visit Irish troops in Lebanon Áras an Uachtaráin, 2015-04-21.
  17. ^ President Higgins praises Irish peacekeepers RTÉ News, 2015-04-28.
  18. ^ Yacht breaks 20-year-old Round Ireland sailing record Irish Times, 2015-05-06.
  19. ^ Ursula Halligan: Referendum pointed me towards telling the truth about myself The Irish Times, 2015-05-15.
  20. ^ TV3’s Ursula Halligan comes out as she calls ‘Yes’ vote the ‘most Christian thing to do’ Irish Independent, 2015-05-15.
  21. ^ Prince Charles to visit site of Lord Mountbatten's murder during Irish tour The Guardian, 2015-05-09.
  22. ^ Same-sex marriage referendum to be held in May RTÉ News, 2014-12-16.
  23. ^ Kenny expects 22 May date for same-sex marriage referendum RTÉ News, 2015-02-20.
  24. ^ Nul points for timing of same-sex marriage referendum Irish Times, 2015-02-21.
  25. ^ New postcode system launched amid criticism RTÉ News, 2015-07-14.
  26. ^ Use of Eircode system ‘not compulsory’, Alex White says Irish Times, 2015-07-13.
  27. ^ Hundreds climb Croagh Patrick despite warnings about bad weather RTÉ News, 2015-07-27.
  28. ^ Hundreds including children ignore safety warnings to climb Croagh Patrick Sunday Independent, 2015-07-26.
  29. ^ Taoiseach welcomes Indian prime minister to Dublin RTÉ News, 2015-09-23.
  30. ^ An Post tells customers not to send any post RTÉ News, 2015-10-02. "An Post has advised customers not to post any items with immediate effect due to industrial action....An Post said this afternoon it has not issued protective notice to staff but noted that if there is no mail coming into the system, there is no work for its employees."
  31. ^ Same-sex marriage campaign used ‘our’ language, bishops told Irish Times, 2015-10-12.
  32. ^ Intervention of Archbishop Martin at Synod Archdiocese Of Dublin, 2015-10-12. Quote: "The referendum was debated within a social culture where people struggle to understand abstract moral principles. What they do understand is the predicament of individuals whom they wish to see happy and included. It is a very individualistic culture, but not necessarily an uncaring one. Indeed those in favour of same-sex marriage based their campaign on what was traditionally our language: equality, compassion, respect and tolerance."
  33. ^ Flanagan calls for international investigation into Dwyer death Irish Times, 2015-11-07.
  34. ^ "Councillors criticise new planning powers for minister". RTÉ. "The Irish Planning Institute (IPI), which represents planners, voiced concerns about the Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2015 which became law on 29 December – during a consultation period which began the month beforehand."
  35. ^ "Royal Gold Medal 2015". Architecture.com. RIBA. 2015. Archived from the original on 2 February 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  36. ^ Republic of Ireland to join Northern Ireland in training game Football Association of Ireland, 2015-04-27.
  37. ^ All-Ireland friendly finishes scoreless RTÉ Sport, 2015-06-04.
  38. ^ Fifty supporters witness 'behind closed doors' goalless draw at Aviva Irish Independent, 2015-06-04.
  39. ^ Ireland to host England in friendly at the Aviva in June 2015 Irish Independent, 2014-04-08.
  40. ^ Ireland and England play out stalemate in Dublin RTÉ Sport, 2015-06-07.
  41. ^ Teams have just been released FM104, 2015-06-07.
  42. ^ Republic of Ireland–Poland UEFA, 2014-02-24.
  43. ^ Republic of Ireland–Scotland UEFA, 2014-02-24.
  44. ^ Republic of Ireland 1-1 Scotland: John O'Shea's second half own goal cancels out Jonathan Walters' opener to gift visitors a point Daily Mail, 2015-06-13.
  45. ^ Gibraltar–Republic of Ireland UEFA, 2014-02-24.
  46. ^ Ireland edge past Georgia to stay in contention
  47. ^ Jon Walters on target in priceless Irish victory RTÉ Sport, 2015-09-08.
  48. ^ Relieved O’Neill looks to future tests after Georgia victory Irish Times, 2015-09-07.
  49. ^ Republic of Ireland–Germany UEFA, 2014-02-24.
  50. ^ Poland–Republic of Ireland UEFA, 2014-02-24.
  51. ^ a b Ireland face Bosnia and Herzegovina in play-off RTÉ Sport, 2015-10-18.
  52. ^ European Qualifiers 2016 - Bosnia and Herzegovina-Republic of Ireland Head-to-head UEFA, 2015-10-18.
  53. ^ European Qualifiers 2016 - Republic of Ireland-Bosnia and Herzegovina Head-to-head UEFA, 2015-10-18.
  54. ^ Ireland Archived 24 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine International Cricket Council. Retrieved: 2015-03-02.
  55. ^ ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Cricbuzz. Retrieved: 2015-03-02.
  56. ^ "Ireland's men's hockey team qualify for Rio Olympics". The Irish Times. 25 October 2015. And they got over the line at 4.20am on Sunday morning when Australia secured their victory, watched on in the BBC offices in Belfast by the Irish squad.
  57. ^ Obituary: Lauded general surgeon Harold J Browne
  58. ^ Mourning the loss of billy oneill and billy kelly
  59. ^ Maeve Hillery, wife of late president Patrick, dies
  60. ^ Former Olympian Jim Hogan passes away
  61. ^ Ireland's oldest man dies aged 107
  62. ^ Death of Ronnie O'Reilly Archived 11 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  63. ^ Death announced of economist and journalist Colm Rapple
  64. ^ Death of Galway hurling legend Archived 3 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  65. ^ The death has occurred of Patrick Aiden HEELAN SJ Archived 21 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  66. ^ Death of Dan Hoare
  67. ^ Obituaries: Daphne Carroll
  68. ^ The death has occurred of John Hubert (8th Marquis of Waterford) DE LA POER
  69. ^ Leitrim great Josie Murray passes away
  70. ^ Irish football mourns passing of Charlie Cahill
  71. ^ President pays tribute to ex-Labour TD Frank Prendergast (81)
  72. ^ Death of legendary Tipp goalkeeper Tony Reddin
  73. ^ Former Dubliners member Jim McCann dies at the age of 70
  74. ^ Antrim’s 1989 All-Ireland final manager Jim Nelson has passed away
  75. ^ Former Labour Senator Jack Harte dies
  76. ^ Today FM presenter Tony Fenton has died following cancer battle
  77. ^ J. Hinchion Macroom RIP
  78. ^ The Godfather of Modern Hurling passes away
  79. ^ "Cats mourn passing of two time All-Ireland winner". Hogan Stand. 28 March 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  80. ^ Mourners pay final respects to Judge Katherine Delahunt, irishtimes.com
  81. ^ George Byrne has died, irishtimes.com
  82. ^ One of Ireland’s oldest women passes away at the age of 104
  83. ^ Limerick fashion designer John McNamara dies aged 55
  84. ^ Former Irish international Ray Treacy dies aged 68
  85. ^ Tributes pouring in for late Fermanagh boss Pat King
  86. ^ ‘A true blue, a great Gael’ - Dave Billings passes away suddenly
  87. ^ The late Fergus O'Rourke
  88. ^ Ireland mourns Slam hero Jim McCarthy
  89. ^ Sympathy
  90. ^ Tributes pour in after inter-county hurling star (27) dies in crash
  91. ^ Death of Cork's Jim Cronin
  92. ^
  93. ^ Tributes paid to Valentine Lamb, who has died aged 76
  94. ^ Lysaght, Charles (10 May 2015). "Obituary: Bob McDonagh". Irish Independent. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  95. ^ Hurley, Denis (7 May 2015). "Castlehaven mourns Cork servant Michael Burns". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  96. ^ "Sad passing of Offaly great Mick Brady". Hogan Stand. 12 May 2015. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  97. ^ Former broadcaster Derek Davis dies RTÉ News, 2015-05-13.
  98. ^ Death of Meath legend Micheal O Brien
  99. ^ Derry GAA mourns Joe Gormley
  100. ^ Broadcaster Bill O'Herlihy dies aged 76 RTÉ News, 2015-05-26.
  101. ^ U2 tour manager Dennis Sheehan dies from heart attack in LA hotel, independent.co.uk
  102. ^ Duggan, Barry (31 May 2015). "Obituary: Liam Ryan". Irish Independent. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  103. ^ Sligo GAA in mourning following the tragic death of former hurling boss Michael Galvin
  104. ^ Willie Horgan RIP
  105. ^ ‘Incredible chef’ Paolo Tullio dies at 65
  106. ^ League of Ireland legend Johnny Fullam dies, aged 75
  107. ^ "Fr. Ray Reidy was dedicated priest and gifted sportsman whose death was widely mourned". The Nationalist. 18 June 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  108. ^ Pioneering science journalist Mary Mulvihill dies aged 55
  109. ^ Gerry Duffy – one of the greats of Irish cricket
  110. ^ Tipperary hurling great Jimmy Doyle passes away
  111. ^ John Joe was a Roscommon GAA legend
  112. ^ Legendary Irish player and coach Reg Treacy passes away
  113. ^ Former RTE broadcaster Liam Ó Murchú has died aged 86
  114. ^ Singer and entertainer Val Doonican dies aged 88
  115. ^ Ireland's oldest person dies at 113 in New York
  116. ^ Death of Offaly football great Sean Foran
  117. ^ Ros na Run's Diarmuid Mac An Adhastair dies
  118. ^ Former Fine Gael TD and senator Alexis Fitzgerald dies irishtimes.com
  119. ^ Charlie Cullinane RIP
  120. ^ Heartache as Aaron passes away
  121. ^ Leading sprinter Astaire put down after battle with colic
  122. ^ Trinity Community Mourns the Death of Peter Gatenby, Hon FTCD
  123. ^ Tax amnesty economist who broke black economy dies
  124. ^ Cycling great Mick 'Iron Man' Murphy dies after long and colourful life
  125. ^ Tipperary's Eddie Connolly passes away
  126. ^ Death occurs of former Independent chief Liam Healy, irishtimes.com
  127. ^ Death takes place of former judge Paul Carney, irishtimes.com
  128. ^ Tributes paid following the death of former Ireland and Manchester United keeper Pat Dunne, independent.ie
  129. ^ Playwright Brian Friel dies aged 86 RTÉ News, 2015-10-02.
  130. ^ Professor Dr Austin Darragh passes away aged 88, independent.ie
  131. ^ Former Fianna Fáil TD John O’Leary dies aged 82, irishtimes.com
  132. ^ Professor Niall Rudd, 1927-2015, bristol.ac.uk
  133. ^ Garda shot by IRA suspect from Northern Ireland Archived 14 October 2015 at the Wayback Machine, www.u.tv
  134. ^ Warm tributes paid to Hugh Cooney who has died after two-year long battle with cancer, irishtimes.com
  135. ^ Maureen O'Hara, Spirited Movie Star, Dies at 95, www.cnn.com
  136. ^ Former Church of Ireland bishop Peter Barrett dies, irishtimes.com
  137. ^ Lar O'Byrne RIP Archived 18 November 2015 at the Wayback Machine, shamrockrovers.ie
  138. ^ Mourners bid farewell to former garda Joe Ainsworth, irishtimes.com
  139. ^ Chairman of Rehab Group Sean Egan dies following stroke, irishtimes.com
  140. ^ Jockey Pat Eddery has died aged 63, irishtimes.com
  141. ^ Tributes to NI peace process priest Fr Gerry Reynolds, irishtimes.com
  142. ^ Swanlinbar man and former Central Bank governor passes, anglocelt.com
  143. ^ Bishop Dermot O’Mahony was ‘a man of great integrity’, irishtimes.com
  144. ^ Offaly great Johnny Egan passes away, hoganstand.com
  145. ^ Stump singer and founder of Dowtcha puppets Mick Lynch dies, irishexaminer.com
  146. ^ Former Kerry football star Patrick Curtin (26) passes away after car accident, independent.ie
  147. ^ Writer of Glenroe Wesley Burrowes passes away, independent.ie
  148. ^ Tributes paid to late Cork Celtic centre-forward Donal Leahy, independent.ie

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