1985 in Ireland - Events


  • January 1 - Cork City celebrates 800 years as a chartered city.
  • February 26 - Former minister Desmond O'Malley is expelled from the Fianna Fáil Party.
  • February 28 - The IRA kills nine Royal Ulster Constabulary officers in a mortar attack at Newry station.
  • March 4 - Bob Geldof is honoured for his overseas aid efforts at a civic reception in the Mansion House.
  • March 12 - The Health (Family Planning) (Amendment) Act allows the sale of condoms and spermicides to adults without prescription.
  • March 28 - Gaisce is created by a trust deed under the patronage of the President of Ireland.
  • March 30 - The Ireland national rugby union team wins the Triple Crown and Five Nations Championship at Lansdowne Road. They beat England 13-10.
  • April 28 - Dennis Taylor wins the Embassy World Snooker Championship.
  • May 16 - The Minister for Education, Gemma Hussey, announces a new £20 million project to create the transition year in post-primary schools.
  • June 23 - Air India Flight 182, a Boeing 747, crashes into the sea 190 kilometres south-west of the Irish coast as the result of a bomb thought to have been planted by the Khalistan movement.
  • July 13 - Live Aid is organised by Bob Geldof in London. Ireland is the highest per-capita donor country.
  • July 22 - At Ballinspittle, County Cork, two women claim to have seen a statue of the Virgin Mary move. The grotto becomes a place of pilgrimage.
  • July 31 - Thousands flock to Ballinspittle, County Cork, where a statue of the Virgin Mary is claimed to move miraculously.
  • September 2 - Spike Island Jail in County Cork is left in ruins following a riot by prisoners.
  • September 10 - The first heart transplant in Ireland takes place.
  • September 20 - President Hillery presents Bob Geldof with a cheque for £7 million as the Irish contribution to the Live Aid appeal.
  • September 29 - Pleasure trawler Taurima, owned by Charles Haughey, is wrecked near Mizen Head lighthouse.
  • October 25 - The first commercial flight departs from Knock Airport.
  • November 15 - Taoiseach, Dr. Garret FitzGerald, and the British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, sign the Anglo-Irish Agreement at Hillsborough Castle, County Down.
  • November 27 - Mary Harney is expelled from the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party over her support of the Anglo-Irish Agreement.
  • December 21 - Desmond O'Malley founds the Progressive Democrats.

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