1987 in Ireland
Events from the year 1987 in Ireland.
|See also:||1987 in Northern Ireland|
Other events of 1987
List of years in Ireland
- President: Patrick Hillery
- Minister for Finance:
- Chief Justice: Thomas Finlay
- 1 January
- Vehicle registration plates of the Republic of Ireland: a new sequence of index marks is adopted.
- The halfpenny is abolished.
- 20 January – Labour Party ministers resign from the government over a disagreement over budget proposals.
- 19 February – a general election returns a Fianna Fáil minority government with Charles Haughey as Taoiseach.
- 11 March – former Taoiseach Dr. Garret FitzGerald resigns the leadership of Fine Gael. He is succeeded by Alan Dukes.
- 22 March – the Irish National Lottery is launched.
- 28 March – the National Lottery launches its first scratch cards.
- 8 May – Loughgall ambush: the British SAS kills eight Provisional Irish Republican Army members and a civilian in Loughgall, County Tyrone.
- 9 May – Johnny Logan wins the Eurovision Song Contest for Ireland with his own composition Hold Me Now, making him the only person to have won the competition twice as a performer.
- 26 May – voters go to the poll in the referendum on the Single European Act. Nearly 70% vote in favour of the 10th amendment to the constitution.
- 26 July – Stephen Roche wins the Tour de France.
- 8 November – Remembrance Day bombing: Eleven civilians are killed by an IRA bomb during a Remembrance Day service in Enniskillen.
- 10 November – the funeral takes place in Portmarnock of the broadcaster Eamonn Andrews followed by burial in Balgriffin Cemetery, north of Dublin.
- 29 November – Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, opens to patients.
- 5 December – Downpatrick & Ardglass Railway begins public operation, the first Irish gauge heritage railway in Ireland.
- Undated – Cooley Distillery first produces Irish whiskey.
Arts and literatureEdit
- U2 release The Joshua Tree album to popular international acclaim.
- Maeve Binchy's novel Firefly Summer is published.
- Roddy Doyle publishes his first novel, The Commitments, first of The Barrytown Trilogy, about a group of unemployed young people in the north side of Dublin who start a soul band.
- Kíla, the folk/world music group, is formed in the Irish language secondary school Coláiste Eoin in County Dublin.
- 6 September – Stephen Roche completes a remarkable treble by winning the Giro d'Italia, the Tour de France and the World Championship.
- 2 January – Cathal Naughton, Cork hurler.
- 9 January – Nicola Coughlan, actress
- 22 January – Shane Long, soccer player.
- 24 January – Ruth Bradley, television actress.
- 30 January – Becky Lynch, professional wrestler.
- 4 February – Darren O'Dea, soccer player.
- 5 February – Denis McLaughlin, soccer player.
- 14 February – James Chambers, soccer player.
- 16 March – Diarmuid O'Carroll, soccer player.
- 2 April – Shane Lowry, golfer
- 13 April – Conor Sammon, soccer player.
- 23 April – Kelly Gough, actress.
- 12 May – Darren Randolph, soccer player.
- 20 May – Pa Cronin, Cork hurler.
- 21 May – Chris McCann, soccer player.
- 7 July – Diarmuid Connolly, Dublin Gaelic football and hurling player.
- 9 July – Jonny Hayes, soccer player.
- 9 July – Sean Kelly, soccer player.
- 28 September – Gary Deegan, soccer player.
- 2 June – Graeme Mulcahy, hurler (Kilmallock, Limerick).
- 2 October – Séamus Hickey, hurler (Murroe-Boher, Limerick).
- 11 October – Richie McCarthy, hurler (Blackrock, Limerick).
- 16 October – Eric McGill, soccer player.
- 9 November – Tom Condon, hurler (Limerick).
- 16 November – T. J. Reid, Kilkenny hurler.
- 13 December – Billy Clarke, soccer player.
- 2 January – Roger McHugh, professor, author and playwright (born 1908).
- 4 January – Eudie Coughlan, Cork hurler (born 1900).
- 14 January – Ewart Milne, poet (born 1903).
- January – Billy King, cricketer (born 1902).
- 8 April – Kevin McNamara, Archbishop of Dublin (Roman Catholic) (born 1926).
- 19 April – Con Cremin, diplomat (born 1908).
- 22 April – Bill Hayes, soccer player (born 1915).
- 23 April – Oliver J. Flanagan, Fine Gael TD and Cabinet Minister (born 1920).
- 27 April – Maurice Gibson, Northern Irish judge (born 1913).
- 8 May – Jim Lynagh, Provisional Irish Republican Army member killed in an ambush by the SAS during an attack on Loughgall RUC station (born 1956).
- 22 June – John Hewitt, poet (born 1907).
- 30 June – Tommy O'Connor, soccer player.
- 20 July – Denis J. O'Sullivan, Fine Gael TD (born 1918).
- 18 October – Michael Lipper, Labour Party politician and TD (born 1932).
- 29 October – Monk Gibbon, poet and author (born 1896).
- 5 November – Eamonn Andrews, broadcaster (born 1922).
- 25 November – James McDyer, Roman Catholic priest and community leader (born 1910).
- 8 December – Peadar Livingstone, priest and historian (born 1930).
- 9 December – Seán Brosnahan, Treasurer INTO, member of the Seanad from 1961 to 1977 (born 1911).
Full date unknownEdit
- Jimmy Warnock, boxer (born 1912).