1955 in Ireland
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|See also:||1955 in Northern Ireland
Other events of 1955
List of years in Ireland
Notable things that happened in Ireland in 1955.
- January 6 – The National Farmers' Association was formed during a meeting of 1,200 people in Dublin.
- January 14 – Tony O'Reilly was named in the Irish rugby squad for his first cap in an international against France.
- March 17 (Saint Patrick's Day) – The Church of Ireland hallowed Trim Cathedral.
- July 4 – Denis Larkin was elected Lord Mayor of Dublin defeating 73-year-old Alfie Byrne.
- July 21 – The BBC brought its Divis transmitter into service, its first permanent facility serving Northern Ireland, marking the launch of a television service for Northern Ireland; the 35-kilowatt transmissions could also be readily received in much of Ireland.
- September – United States Senator John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline visited Dublin for two days.
- November 29 – Publication of the Greyhound Industry Bill paved the way for the establishment of the greyhound board, Bord na gCon.
- December 12 – Cork Opera House at Emmet Palace was destroyed by fire.
- December 14 – Ireland was admitted to the United Nations. Frederick Boland was appointed as its first ambassador.
- Michael Sheehy's modern history Divided We Stand: A Study In Partition was published.
Arts and literature
- March – English language publication of Beckett's novel Molloy (in Paris and New York).
- August 3 – English language première of Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot, directed by Peter Hall, at the Arts Theatre in London.
- October 28 – Irish première of Waiting for Godot at the Pike Theatre in Dublin.
- Sigerson Clifford published his poetry collection, Ballads of a Bogman.
- Winners: St Patrick's Athletic
January to March
- 15 January – Paddy Burke, Fine Gael Senator.
- 18 January – Fergus Martin, artist.
- 2 February – Dermot Ahern, Fianna Fáil TD for Louth and Cabinet Minister.
- 15 March – John J. McGuinness, Fianna Fáil TD for Carlow–Kilkenny.
- 27 March – Patrick McCabe, novelist.
- 29 March – Brendan Gleeson, actor.
April to June
- 1 April
- 14 April – Simon Crowe, drummer with The Boomtown Rats.
- 17 April – Austin Brady, footballer.
- 24 April – Eamon Gilmore, Labour Party TD for Dún Laoghaire, leader of the Labour Party.
- 28 April – Mae Sexton, Progressive Democrats TD.
- 16 May – Páidí Ó Sé, Kerry Gaelic footballer and manager.
- 23 May – Mary Black, folk singer.
- 30 May – Colm Tóibín, novelist and critic.
July to December
- 5 July – Sebastian Barry, playwright, novelist and poet.
- 6 July – William Wall, novelist, poet and short story writer.
- 20 July – Jem Finer, musician and composer.
- 16 August – James Reilly, Fine Gael TD for Dublin North and Minister for Health.
- 15 September – Brendan O'Carroll, comedian.
- 1 December – Pat Spillane, Kerry Gaelic footballer.
- 2 December – Joachim Kelly, Offaly hurler.
- 29 December – Pat Loughrey, Controller of BBC Northern Ireland, Director of BBC Nations and Regions and academic.
Full date unknown
- John Callinan, Clare hurler.
- Kevin Fennelly, Kilkenny hurler.
- Michael Gleeson, Tipperary hurler.
- Mick Holden, Gaelic footballer and hurler (died in 2007).
- Peter Wyse Jackson, Director of the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin.
- Sean Power, Member of the States of Jersey.
- 22 January – Moira O'Neill, poet (born in 1864).
- 12 February – Thomas J. Moore, actor (born in 1883).
- 13 March – Evie Hone, painter and stained glass artist (born in 1894).
- 26 March – Thomas Farren, elected to Seanad Éireann in 1922 and 1931, member of the Labour Party.
- 4 May – Michael Colivet, manager Shannon Foundry, member of 1st Dáil (Anti Treaty), representing Limerick (born in 1882).
- 14 May – Robert Quigg, soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross for gallantry in 1916 at the Battle of the Somme (born in 1885).
- 16 June – Stanislaus Joyce, scholar and writer, brother of James Joyce (born in 1884).
- 11 July – Frank Duffy, labour leader in the United States (born in 1861).
- 15 July – James Dolan, merchant, member of 1st Dáil (Pro Treaty), representing Leitrim (born in 1882).
- 18 July – Billy McCandless, footballer and football manager (born in 1894).
- 14 September – Kathleen Lynn, physician and politician (born in 1874).
- 26 October – Michael Staines, Sinn Féin TD, member of 1st Dáil, first Commissioner of the Garda Síochána (born in 1885).
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