2003 in Ireland

Events from the year 2003 in Ireland.

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See also:2003 in Northern Ireland
Other events of 2003
List of years in Ireland



Arts and literatureEdit



Association footballEdit

  • The League of Ireland moved from a predominantly winter season to a Scandinavian-style summer season. Bohemians won the transitional 2002/03 season and Shelbourne won the 2003 championship.

Gaelic gamesEdit


Rugby unionEdit



January to June
8 January – Patrick Pery, 6th Earl of Limerick, peer and public servant (born 1930).
21 January – Tony O'Malley, painter (born 1913).
23 January – Aodhagán Brioscú, last surviving founder of Irish cultural organisation Gael Linn.
29 January – Mary Reid, one of the "Irish of Vincennes", falsely arrested in France on terrorism charges.
16 February – Seán Ó Cionnaith, Workers' Party of Ireland politician (born 1938).
25 February – Tom O'Higgins, barrister and judge, Irish Chief Justice, Fine Gael TD and twice defeated Irish presidential candidate (born 1916).
11 March – Brian Cleeve, writer and television broadcaster (born 1921).
17 March – Linda Kavanagh, Workers' Party activist and Dublin City Council member.
2 April – Pat Leavy, actress.
6 April – Ian Malone, member of British Army's Irish Guards, shot dead in Iraq (born 1974).
28 May – James Plunkett, novelist, author of Strumpet City. (born 1920).
30 June – Constance Smith, actress (born 1928).
July to September
16 July – James Kelly, former Irish Army officer cleared of attempting to import arms for the IRA in the 1970 Arms Trial (born 1929).
17 July – Eamonn Leahy, barrister and husband of Cabinet Minister Mary Hanafin.
28 July – Valerie Goulding, former Senator and campaigner for the disabled (born 1918).
3 August – Phil Monahan, founder of Monarch Properties Holdings Limited, leaving an estate worth €26.7 million.
12 August – Kieran Kelly, jump jockey after a racing accident (born 1978).
14 August – Donal Lamont, former Catholic Bishop in Rhodesia (born 1911).
19 August – Dennis Flynn, soldier in Canada, Chairman of the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto (born 1923)
20 September – Liam Tobin, longtime Árd Rúnaí Roinn na Gaeltachta and Irish language campaigner
24 September – Tomás MacGabhann, trade unionist and Irish language activist
28 September – Proinsias Mac Aonghusa, journalist, broadcaster, chairman Bord na Gaeilge, president Conradh na Gaeilge (born 1933).
October to December
7 October – Frank Roe, former President of the Circuit Court.
16 October – Ernest Bodell, cricketer (born 1928).
10 December – Sean McClory, actor (born 1924).
12 December – John McConnell, economics expert, journalist and civil servant.
27 December – Patrick J. Reynolds, Fine Gael TD and Senator (born 1920).
30 December – Archbishop Michael Courtney Papal Nuncio to Burundi who was assassinated.
31 December – Gerald Goldberg, lawyer, Fianna Fáil politician and first Jewish Lord Mayor of Cork (born 1912).

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Crestfall". Playography Ireland. Dublin: Irish Theatre Institute. Retrieved 23 July 2017.