1983 in Northern Ireland
Events during the year 1983 in Northern Ireland.
- 7 February - The airfield at Sydenham, Belfast, reopens to commercial flights as Belfast Harbour Airport.
- 23 May - The Bushmills Distillery in County Antrim celebrates its 375th anniversary.
- 30 May - The inaugural meeting of the New Ireland Forum takes place at Dublin Castle.
- 10 June - Gerry Adams of Sinn Féin is elected the new Member of Parliament for West Belfast.
- 25 September - Maze Prison escape: 38 prisoners, using guns, escape from HM Prison Maze in the largest prison escape in U.K. history; one guard dies of a heart attack and twenty others are injured. Nineteen of the prisoners are apprehended within three days.
- 21 November - Three elders are shot dead during a service in Darkley Pentecostal Church, County Armagh. The shooting is claimed by the Catholic Reaction Force.
Arts and literatureEdit
- 15 May - Charabanc Theatre Company's first production, Lay Up Your Ends, written by Martin Lynch with Marie Jones and other members of the company, is premiered at The Arts Theatre, Belfast.
- 9 November - Christina Reid's first play, Tea In A China Cup, is premiered at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast.
- Bernard MacLaverty's novel Cal is published.
- Winners: Linfield
- Pat Jennings becomes the first footballer to play in 1,000 Football League matches.
- 20 April - Sarah Makem, traditional singer (born 1900).
- 4 July - John Bodkin Adams, general practitioner in Eastbourne cleared of murdering one of his patients (born 1899).
- 21 August - Francis Evans, British diplomat (born 1897).
- 15 November - John Rea, hammered dulcimer player.
- 23 December - Colin Middleton, artist (born 1910).