1886 in Ireland

Events from the year 1886 in Ireland.

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See also:1886 in the United Kingdom
Other events of 1886
List of years in Ireland


  • January – Ulster Protestant Unionists begin to lobby against the Irish Home Rule Bill, establishing the Ulster Loyal Anti-Repeal Union in Belfast.
  • 30 January – SS Fulmar sinks off Kilkee with the loss of all 17 aboard.
  • 29 March – Breed standard for Irish Setter agreed.
  • March – Prime Minister William Gladstone announces his support for Irish Home Rule.
  • 8 April – Gladstone introduces the Irish Home Rule Bill in the House of Commons.[1] During the debates on the Bill
  • 8 June – the First Home Rule Bill fails to pass the British Parliament on a vote of 343–313.
  • June – Protestants celebrate the defeat of the Home Rule Bill, leading to renewed rioting on the streets of Belfast and the deaths of seven people, with many more injured.[2]
  • 12 June – in a statement to Parliament, Gladstone calls for a general election and, with the dissolution of Parliament, an official election is held the next month.
  • 12 July – mid-September: Belfast riots begin with the Orange Institution parades and continue sporadically throughout the summer; clashes take place between Catholics and Protestants, and also between Loyalists and police. Thirteen people are killed in a weekend of serious rioting, with an official death toll of 31 people over the period.[2]
  • October – the first tenant farmers are evicted during the first year of the Plan of Campaign.
  • 15 October – the SS Great Eastern begins a 5-month period on display at the North Wall Quay, Dublin.
  • 30 November – Maud Gonne's father dies leaving her a substantial inheritance ensuring her financial independence.[3]
  • St Mary's Pro-Cathedral in Dublin is officially elevated to Pro-cathedral status.
  • Eason & Son, booksellers and stationers, established in Dublin.
  • The 1886 Tramways Act allows the Board of Works to grant loans to railway companies including £54,400 to the West Clare Railway one of the first railways to be built in western Ireland.
  • Charles Cunningham Boycott, who supposedly gave rise to the eponymous word, leaves his land agent's post in Ireland.[4]
  • J. M. Synge joins the Dublin Naturalist's Field Club.

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  • December – the Dublin University Harriers Club is founded in an effort to promote cross country running.


  • March 18 – the Irish Chess Association is invited to a match against the Belfast Chess Club in an advertisement in the Belfast Newsletter and Northern Whig.
  • September 20 – October 1: the Irish Chess Association holds a national tournament, consisting of an even and handicap tournament, as Richard Barnett (although W.K. Pollock gained a full score) defeats British Chessmasters John Blackburne and Amos Burn filling the vacancy by former champion Porterfield Rynd.


Gaelic GamesEdit





  1. ^ Stewart, A.T.Q. (1981). Edward Carson. Gill's Irish Lives. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan. ISBN 0-7171-1075-3.
  2. ^ a b "Parades and Marches – Chronology 2: Historical Dates and Events". Conflict Archive on the Internet (CAIN). Retrieved 28 January 2010.
  3. ^ Toomey, Deirdre (2004). "Gonne, (Edith) Maud (1866–1953)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2011-02-08.
  4. ^ Norgate, G. Le G. (2004). "Boycott, Charles Cunningham (1832–1897)'". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2011-02-08.
  5. ^ a b c Hayes, Dean (2006). Northern Ireland International Football Facts. Belfast: Appletree Press. p. 150. ISBN 0-86281-874-5.