2016 in Ireland

Events during the year 2016 in Ireland.

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See also:2016 in Northern Ireland
Other events of 2016
List of years in Ireland





  • 3 February – Taoiseach Enda Kenny dissolves the 31st Dáil and announces 26 February as the date of a general election.[1]
  • 5 February – One man is killed and two other people are wounded during a shooting at the Regency Hotel in Dublin.[2]
  • 8 February – Another man is shot dead in a gangland shooting in Dublin.[citation needed]
  • 26 February – The 2016 general election takes place.[3]




  • Talks on government formation continue.
  • 6 May – The 32nd Dáil at last elects a Taoiseach. The new cabinet is announced.
  • 9 May – A gathering of naturists on Curracloe Strand is criticised by Mayor of Wexford Ger Carthy. No other complains are made. A spokesperson for the Irish Naturist Association (INA) states no one had asked the men and women, some carrying backpacks containing their picnics, to leave.[5]
  • 20 May – Brendan Howlin was elected unopposed as leader of the Labour Party, succeeding Joan Burton.









Association footballEdit

UEFA Euro 2016
13 June 2016 Group E Republic of Ireland   1 – 1   Sweden Saint-Denis, France[6]
18:00 Hoolahan   48' Report Clark   71' (o.g.) Stadium: Stade de France
Attendance: 73,419
Referee: Milorad Mažić (Serbia)
18 June 2016 Group E Belgium   3 – 0   Republic of Ireland Bordeaux, France [7]
15:00 R. Lukaku   48'70'
Witsel   61'
Report Stadium: Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux
Attendance: 39,493
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
22 June 2016 Group E Italy   0–1   Republic of Ireland Lille, France [8]
21:00 Report Brady   85' Stadium: Stade Pierre-Mauroy
Attendance: 44,268
Referee: Ovidiu Hațegan (Romania)
26 June 2016 Euro 2016 R16 France   2–1   Republic of Ireland Lyon, France
15:00 CEST Griezmann   58'61' Report Brady   2' (pen.)
Duffy   66'
Stadium: Parc Olympique Lyonnais
Attendance: 56,279
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)

Gaelic gamesEdit

2016 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final
  • 4 September – Kilkenny 2–20 – 2-29 Tipperary
2016 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final
  • 1 October – Dublin 1-15 – 1-14 Mayo (Replay)

Horse racingEdit

Rugby unionEdit

Summer Olympics: Rio de JaneiroEdit

  • 4 August – the Irish Examiner reports that an Irish male boxer tested positive for a banned substance on the eve of the Olympics.[19] He is later named as Michael O'Reilly.[20] O'Reilly becomes the first athlete to test positive for drugs at the 2016 Olympics.[21]
  • 5 August – on the day of the 2016 Summer Olympics opening ceremony, police in Rio de Janeiro arrest two people for attempted illegal resale of hundreds of tickets allocated to the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI).
  • 7 August – Michael O'Reilly's legal team announces it is to officially appeal the boxer's proposed suspension following a failed drug test.[22]
  • 8 August – boxing captain Paddy Barnes, who medalled at the previous two Olympics, loses his opening bout to a Spaniard in a shock result.[23]
  • 9 August – boxer Michael O'Reilly is ruled out of the Olympics after announcing he is no longer contesting his proposed suspension and admitting to taking a supplement that may have contained a banned substance.[24][25]
  • 14 August – Irish Minister for Sport Shane Ross flies to Rio de Janeiro to meet with OCI president Pat Hickey in a bid to have Hickey permit an independent member be included on the OCI's own inquiry into the ticketing fiasco.[26][27]
  • 15 August – defending lightweight champion Katie Taylor loses her Olympic crown to a Finn in her opening bout.[28]
  • 16 August – boxer Michael Conlan, a favourite for the gold medal, loses his opening bout to a Russian in contentious circumstances.[29]
  • 17 August – OCI president Pat Hickey is arrested naked in a hotel room in Rio de Janeiro and charged with three crimes.[citation needed]
  • 18 August – the now former OCI president Pat Hickey is photographed being wheeled to prison from a hospital in his pyjamas.[30] As well as resigning as OCI president, Hickey also resigns his membership of the International Olympic Committee, his role as president of the European Olympic Committees and his role as vice-president of the Association of National Olympic Committees.[31] Meanwhile, Shane Ross returns to Dublin.[27]
  • 21 August – the 2016 Summer Olympics concludes, as more IOC officials are sought by Brazilian police and the organisation's former president remains locked up in a Rio de Janeiro jail.[32][33]

Arts and literatureEdit


January to JulyEdit

July to DecemberEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Irish general election to take place on 26 February". Guardian. 3 February 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Ordinary day at hotel turns into terrifying bloodbath". Irish Independent. 6 February 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  3. ^ "General Election 2016: The eight best reactions online to this morning's announcement". Irish Independent. 3 February 2016. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  4. ^ "It was harrowing. To have a family, so many people, gone like that over a very simple thing". Irish Independent. 22 March 2016. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Beach nudists 'could face arrest' if they turn up on popular Irish strand". Irish Independent. 11 May 2016.
  6. ^ Republic of Ireland v Sweden UEFA, 2015-12-12.
  7. ^ Belgium v Republic of Ireland UEFA, 2015-12-12.
  8. ^ Italy v Republic of Ireland UEFA, 2015-12-12.
  9. ^ "Cheltenham 2016: Don Cossack lands Gold Cup victory". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  10. ^ "How history was made as Ireland beat New Zealand". 2016-11-07. Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  11. ^ "Oliver Dingley makes Irish diving history and qualifies for Rio: Ireland has not been represented in diving at the Olympic games since 1948 in London". The Irish Times. 21 February 2016.
  12. ^ "Oliver Dingley 'humbled' after booking place at Rio". RTÉ Sport. 21 February 2016.
  13. ^ "Oliver Dingley becomes first Irish diver to reach Olympics in 68 years". Irish Independent. 21 February 2016.
  14. ^ "Irish gymnast Ellis O'Reilly makes history by qualifying for Rio". The Irish Times. 18 April 2016.
  15. ^ "Ellis O'Reilly becomes the first ever Irish female Gymnast to qualify for an Olympic Games". Irish Independent. 18 April 2016.
  16. ^ "Rory McIlroy pulls out of Olympic Games". RTÉ Sport. 22 June 2016.
  17. ^ "McDowell confirms he won't take Olympic spot". RTÉ Sport. 23 June 2016.
  18. ^ "Shane Lowry out of Olympics over Zika concerns". RTÉ Sport. 28 June 2016.
  19. ^ McConnell, Daniel (4 August 2016). "An Irish male boxer has allegedly tested positive for a banned substance on the eve of the Rio Olympics, the Irish Examiner understands". Irish Examiner.
  20. ^ Murphy, Darragh (5 August 2016). "Michael O'Reilly named as Irish boxer who failed drugs test ahead of Rio 2016". JOE.ie.
  21. ^ "The first athlete of the Rio Olympics has tested positive for drugs". The Independent. 5 August 2016. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  22. ^ "Michael O'Reilly lodges suspension appeal". RTÉ Sport. 7 August 2016.
  23. ^ "Paddy Barnes suffers shock Olympic defeat". RTÉ Sport. 8 August 2016.
  24. ^ "VIDEO: Michael O'Reilly admits to taking supplement". RTÉ Sport. 9 August 2016.
  25. ^ "Michael O'Reilly ruled out of Rio 2016 after not contesting positive drugs test". Irish Independent. 10 August 2016.
  26. ^ Finn, Christina (14 August 2016). "Shane Ross is on his way to Rio to get answers over the Olympics ticket scandal". TheJournal.ie.
  27. ^ a b Hosford, Paul; Brophy, Daragh (18 August 2016). "OCI wouldn't be first to try and put me back in my box, says Ross". TheJournal.ie.
  28. ^ "Coach Zaur Antia cries foul as Katie Taylor falls at first hurdle at Rio 2016". RTÉ Sport. 15 August 2016.
  29. ^ "Crushed Michael Conlan latest victim of Rio judging farce". RTÉ Sport. 16 August 2016.
  30. ^ Hosford, Paul (18 August 2016). "Pat Hickey taken from Rio hospital in a wheelchair". TheJournal.ie.
  31. ^ "Pat Hickey steps aside as OCI president after Rio arrest". RTÉ News. 18 August 2016.
  32. ^ Bailey, Ryan (22 August 2016). "Brazilian judge issues warrant for passport of John Delaney and five other OCI officials". The42.ie.
  33. ^ McMahon, Cathal; Phelan, Shane (22 August 2016). "Brazil judge issues warrant for passports of John Delaney and five other OCI officials". Irish Independent.
  34. ^ Tributes paid to former Ireland player Ambrose ‘Amby’ Fogarty, irishtimes.ie
  35. ^ Roscommon ‘colossus’ Gerry O’Malley passes away, irishtimes.ie
  36. ^ Christy O’Connor Jnr dies suddenly aged 67, irishtimes.ie
  37. ^ "Ex-attorney general in Gubu case dies". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2016-01-08.
  38. ^ Death occurs of rugby legend Paddy Reid, limerickleader.ie
  39. ^ PJ Mara obituary: flamboyant character who was central to FF for three decades , irishtimes.ie
  40. ^ Ireland's oldest citizen dies aged 109 , rte.ie
  41. ^ Billy Quinn, two-time All-Ireland minor winner with Tipperary and father of Niall, has died, independent.ie
  42. ^ Cork GAA in mourning following the sudden death of former Rebels selector John Corcoran, independent.ie
  43. ^ Death of GAA journalist Micheál McGeary, hoganstand.com
  44. ^ Obituary: The O'Donovan, irishindependent.ie
  45. ^ Death of Mayo All-Ireland winning priest, hoganstand.com
  46. ^ Broadcaster Terry Wogan dies, aged 77, irishtimes.com
  47. ^ Interference singer Fergus O'Farrell dies, independent.ie
  48. ^ Death of former RTÉ journalist, independent.ie
  49. ^ Tributes pour in for Mark Farren who dies aged 33, irishexaminer.com
  50. ^ GAA community in Down in shock after the sudden death of Peter Turley, independent.ie
  51. ^ FAI pays tribute to the late Paul Bannon, rte.ie
  52. ^ Late George Redmond disputed tribunal’s findings, irishtimes.com
  53. ^ Jimmy Donnelly respected at Belfast Celtic and beyond, belfasttelegraph.co.uk
  54. ^ Death of former Kerry great DJ Crowley, hoganstand.com
  55. ^ 'The Commitments' actor Johnny Murphy, known for his role as Joey 'The Lips' Fagan, dies aged 72, independent.ie
  56. ^ Henry Comerford (1936-2016), solicitor and actor, dies in Galway, patrickcomerford.com
  57. ^ Fr Ted star Frank Kelly passes away, independent.ie
  58. ^ Tributes pour in for Peter Keogh, hoganstand.com
  59. ^ Supreme Court judge Adrian Hardiman dies, irishtimes.com
  60. ^ Tributes pour in following the death of legendary Irish athlete Jim McNamara, independent.ie
  61. ^ Former Garda commissioner Larry Wren dies aged 93, irishtimes.com
  62. ^ OBITUARY: Davy Walsh, former Irish soccer international, irishexaminer.com
  63. ^ Actor Robert Carrickford, Glenroe’s Stephen Brennan, dies, irishtimes.com
  64. ^ Dick Burke, former minister for education, dies aged 83, irishtimes.com
  65. ^ Death of 1949 Royal County captain, Brian Smyth, meathchronicle.ie
  66. ^ The death has occurred of PATRICK (PAT) PHILPOTT, rip.ie
  67. ^ Sad days for Down gaels with passing of Brendan Sloan and Eugene Treanor, irishnews.com
  68. ^ Down legend Brendan Sloan passes away, hoganstand.com
  69. ^ Death of legendary Meath full back, Paddy 'Hands' O'Brien, meathchronicle.ie
  70. ^ "Tributes paid to 'caring' young solider Ben found in the sea". 14 April 2016. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  71. ^ Obituary: Sean ‘Chesty’ O’Shea, legendary PR man, independent.ie
  72. ^ "Michael John Shinnick: Chief scout saw Scouting Ireland grow to 50,000 members". Irish Times. Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  73. ^ "Castle Leslie owner Sir John 'Jack' Leslie has died aged 99". The Journal.ie. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  74. ^ President Higgins pays tribute to late Irish Independent columnist James Downey, independent.ie
  75. ^ Death occurs of artist Basil Blackshaw, irishtimes.com
  76. ^ Tributes pour in following the death of former GAA President Jack Boothman, independent.ie
  77. ^ Tributes paid as golfing great Christy O'Connor Senior passes away aged 91, independent.ie
  78. ^ Drogheda's Joey Maher was a handball legend, hoganstand.com
  79. ^ Former Fianna Fáil TD Sean Ardagh passes away, independent.ie
  80. ^ Tributes paid to former GAA President Joe McDonagh who passed away after short illness, independent.ie
  81. ^ Former Sunday Press editor Michael Keane dies, irishtimes.com
  82. ^ John ‘Blondie’ Horgan takes his final bow, irishexaminer.com
  83. ^ Death of Offaly great Ambrose Hickey, hoganstand.com
  84. ^ Tony Byrne: Footballer who won 14 international caps for Ireland, irishtimes.ie
  85. ^ Sad news as Waterford 'legend' Seamus Power passes away, hoganstand.com
  86. ^ Death of boxing legend Freddie Gilroy, irishexaminer.com
  87. ^ Journalist Séamus Mac Géidigh dies suddenly, rte.ie
  88. ^ Last link to Polo Grounds final is broken, hoganstand.com
  89. ^ "Phonsie O'Brien dies peacefully at home". www.theirishfield.ie. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  90. ^ Artist Micheál Ó Nualláin, brother of Flann O’Brien, dies at 88, irishtimes.com
  91. ^ Oldest Irish person Nora Canavan, 108, passes away, irishexaminer.com
  92. ^ Obituary: Finbarr Flood, independent.ie
  93. ^ Friends and fellow jockeys remember privilege of knowing JT McNamara, irishexaminer.com
  94. ^ Tributes paid to 'outstanding' Limerick Gael Gerry Molyneaux, hoganstand.com
  95. ^ Death occurs of former Fianna Fáil minister Paddy Lalor, irishtimes.com
  96. ^ Handball legend Michael ‘Ducksie’ Walsh dies, aged 50, irishtimes.com
  97. ^ 'Fearless peacebuilder' Bishop Edward Daly dies age 82, rte.ie
  98. ^ Padraig Duggan, founding member of Clannad, has died at 67, independent.ie
  99. ^ Cork mourns hero John Bennett, irishexaminer.com
  100. ^ Former Ireland player and manager Liam Tuohy has passed away aged 83, independent.ie
  101. ^ Louis Stewart, Ireland's greatest ever jazz guitarist, dies aged 72, independent.ie
  102. ^ John Delaney says farewell to ‘legendary’ Milo Corcoran, irishexaminer.com
  103. ^ Brolly remembers a 'remarkable man', hoganstand.com
  104. ^ Former Tanaiste Peter Barry passes away after a short illness, independent.ie
  105. ^ Farewell to Anne O'Brien - the best Irish sportswoman that you never knew, independent.ie
  106. ^ The lonely death and troubled life of a wonderful Miss Ireland, independent.ie
  107. ^ Irish rower dies after suffering injuries in fall in Poland, independent.ie
  108. ^ Death of former Mayo star Greg Maher, hoganstand.com
  109. ^ Rugby mourns Ireland Grand Slam hero Bertie O'Hanlon, irishexaminer.com
  110. ^ Former Ireland defender Seamus Dunne passes away, rte.ie
  111. ^ Bobby Molloy, founding member of the Progressive Democrats, passes away, independent.ie
  112. ^ Disability rights campaigner Martin Naughton dies, rte.ie
  113. ^ Munster Rugby coach Anthony Foley has passed away suddenly, irishexaminer.com
  114. ^ Former Tipperary hurler Mickey 'The Rattler' Byrne passed away this morning, irishexaminer.com
  115. ^ Sad passing of Roscommon All-Ireland winner Paddy Beisty, hoganstand.com
  116. ^ Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning trainer Francis Flood has died aged 86, independent.ie
  117. ^ Former government chief whip Fergus O'Brien dies, rte.ie
  118. ^ Obituary: Pat Flynn, former Waterford hurling goalkeeper and legendary Ballygunner club figure, irishexaminer.com
  119. ^ Cheltenham Festival hero Moscow Flyer dies aged 22, rte.ie
  120. ^ "Irishman detonates suicide bomb while fighting for Islamic State near Mosul (Report) - JOE.ie".
  121. ^ Death of ex-Cavan player and selector Joe McCarthy, hoganstand.com
  122. ^ Derry pay tribute to the late Owen Gribbin, hoganstand.com
  123. ^ Football mourns after death of Ray Brady, 79, irishexaminer.com
  124. ^ Tributes as Irish author William Trevor dies aged 88, rte.ie
  125. ^ Passing of Down great Joe Lennon, hoganstand.com
  126. ^ Wicklow hurling mourns Jim Connors, hoganstand.com
  127. ^ Death of Mayo great Willie Casey Archived 2016-12-06 at the Wayback Machine, hoganstand.com
  128. ^ Tipp bid farewell to hurling legend Mick Roche, hoganstand.com
  129. ^ Much-loved contemporary Irish poet John Montague has died at 87, independent.ie
  130. ^ Iconic Irish businesswoman Gillian Bowler passes away, independent.ie
  131. ^ 'Unfailingly courteous and generous' - Poet and critic Anthony Cronin dies aged 88, independent.ie
  132. ^ French writer Michel Déon dies in Galway, aged 97, irishtimes.com
  133. ^ Aodan Mac Poilin: Trailblazer promoted Irish language without politics, belfasttelegraph.co.uk