2004 in Ireland

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Events from the year 2004 in Ireland.




  • 1 January – the Republic of Ireland assumed the Presidency of the European Commission.
  • 1 January – Scouting Ireland was founded.
  • 28 February – five people were killed in a bus crash at Wellington Quay, Dublin.
  • 16 March – the cooling towers of Rhode Power Station, near Kilbeggan, County Westmeath, were demolished.
  • 27 March – Ireland's rugby team won the Triple Crown for the first time since 1985.
  • 29 March – a smoking ban introduced by Minister for Health, Micheál Martin, came into effect in all pubs, restaurants, and work places.[1]
  • 20 April – Welsh pub landlords reported an increase in the number of Irish patrons visiting Wales where they could avoid the restrictions of Ireland's new smoking ban which prohibited smoking in Irish pubs. The Irish drinkers could travel to Wales by ferryboat for as little as £10 for a day-return ticket, smoke cigarettes while drinking, and pay lower prices for their alcohol.[1][2]
  • 1–25 May – heads of government celebrated in Dublin as the European Union admitted ten new member states.
  • June – the first phase of the Arklow Bank Wind Park, Ireland's first offshore wind farm, was commissioned.[3]
  • 16 June – the Grangegorman Development Bill was published by the Irish Government.
  • 25 June – US President George W. Bush arrived at Shannon Airport for an EU-U.S. summit.
  • 30 June
    • Ireland was congratulated on its presidency of the European Commission: President of France Jacques Chirac said it was the "best presidency ever."
    • Operations commenced on the Luas Green Line in Dublin.


Arts and literature



Gaelic games



Olympic Games

  • Cian O'Connor and the horse Waterford Crystal won gold for Ireland in the equestrian event. O'Connor was later stripped of this title because the horse tested positive for a prohibited substance.

Rugby union


Shelbourne defeated KR Reykjavík in the first qualifying round on away goals. In the second qualifying round, Shelbourne lost the first leg 3–2 away to Hajduk Split, but two late goals in the home leg at Tolka Park meant they became the first Irish team to make it to the third qualifying round. After a 0–0 draw with Deportivo de La Coruña in front of 25,000 fans at Lansdowne Road, the Irish team lost 3–0 in Spain.

Bohemians and Longford Town suffered disappointing first qualifying round defeats to FC Levadia Tallinn and FC Vaduz respectively. Shelbourne entered the first round proper after their Champions League third qualifying round exit, but missed out on a place in the UEFA Cup group stages. After a 2–2 draw at Lansdowne Road, Shelbourne lost 0–2 in the return leg against French side Lille.


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External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Clark, Rhodri (2004-04-20). "Welsh Pub Relief for Irish Smokers". Western Mail  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Fags alot, say Irish". Sunday Mirror  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 2004-04-25.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Arklow Bank 1 Offshore Wind Farm". LORC Knowledge. 2011. Retrieved 2012-10-09.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>