|Ireland in 1980|
January 7th: The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Humphrey Atkins called constitutional talks involving the DUP, SDLP and APNI. The UUP refused to take part.
January 9th: Charles Haughey addressed the nation on television about its worsening financial situation.
January 26th: Death of fiddle player John Doherty, aged 80.
February 8th: Belfast antiques dealer Leonard Kaitcer was killed following his kidnap by the IRA.
February 10th: Amid rumours of serious disagreements in the organisation, Betty Williams resigned from the Peace People.
February 11th: Two RUC officers were killed in a land mine attack at Rosslea.
Leonard Kaitcer, Jewish antiques dealer killed by IRA
Johnny Logan's What's Another Year
April 3rd: Three staff members at Kincora Boys Home, Belfast, were charged with gross indecency.
April 15th: Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Humphrey Atkins, travelled to Dublin to meet Taoiseach Charles Haughey.
April 19th: Johnny Logan won Eurovision for Ireland with What's Another Year.
May 1st: The Derrynaflan Chalice was discovered in a bog in County Tipperary.
May 2nd: Death of Celtic language scholar Cecile O'Rahilly, aged 85.
May 20th: British Prime Minister said in the House of Commons that the future of Northern Ireland was a matter for Northern Ireland and the British government only. Charles Haughey was due to arrive for talks next day.
June 11th: Death of William J.E. Jessop, professor, had represented Dublin University in the Seanad from 1951 to 1973.
June 19th: The European Commission on Human Rights rejected a case brought on behalf of Republican prisoners who were taking part in the blanket protest at the Maze prison.
June 25th: Death of folklorist James Hamilton Delargy.
July 2nd: Death of Tom Barry, guerrilla leader in the IRA during the Irish War of Independence.
July 2nd: The British government published proposals for solutions to the conflict. One involved power-sharing and the other, majority rule.
July 20th: An IRA bomb caused extensive damage in Lisnakea, Co. Fermanagh.
Tom Barry as an old man
Aftermath of the Buttevant Rail Disaster
August 1st: Eighteen people died in the Buttevant Rail Disaster.
August 6th: The British government announced an extra £48 million alleviate the 14.7% unemployment rate in Northern Ireland.
August 8th: Ten people died in the Central Hotel Fire in Bundoran.
September 1st: China's first Ambassador to Ireland, Madame Gong Pusheng, arrived in Dublin.
September 11th: The Du Pont company announced the closure of one of its plants in Derry at a cost of 400 jobs.
September 23rd: The Field Day Theatre Company presented its first production, the première of Brian Friel's Translations at the Guildhall, Derry.
October 6th: Justice Mella Carroll became the first woman to reach the position of High Court Judge.
October 27th: Seven republican prisoners began a hunger-strike to protest the end of special category status.
October 27th: Over 2000 people took part in the first RTÉ Radio 2 Dublin City Marathon.
November 1st: The Health (Family Planning) Act, 1979, came into operation. It permitted the provision of contraceptives by prescription.
November 10th: Death of John Moyney, a soldier who had received the Victoria Cross for gallantry in 1917.
Justice Mella Carroll
Margaret Thatcher and Charles Haughey
November 11th: The National Institute for Higher Education in Dublin admitted its first 200 students.
November 22nd: Death of artist Norah McGuinness.
December 8th: Taoiseach Charles Haughey met British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at Dublin Castle. It was the first time a British Prime minister had visited Ireland since Independence.
December 12th: Six members of the UDA in the Maze prison started a hunger strike in support of their demand for segregation from Republican prisoners.
December 19th: The former Taoiseach Jack Lynch gained the freedom of his native city, Cork.
The Lad from Old Ireland (1910)
Derry City In 1902
The Annals of Ulster
The 520s and 530s in Ireland
Kalends of January first feria, twenty-ninth of the moon.AD 522.
The battle of Dethna in Droma Breg, in which Ardgal, son of Conall of Cremthann son of Niall, fell, according to others.
Buite son of Brónach died.
Colum Cille was born.
Kalends of January second feria, tenth of the moon. AD 523 alias 524.
The battle of Cainri son of Niall; and Beo-aed, bishop of Ard Carna, rested.
Repose of St Brigit in the 70th year of her age.
Kalends of January fourth feria. AD 524.
John, 51st Pope of the Roman Church, lived two years in the see of Peter. He came to Constantinople, and when on his return he had reached Ravenna, Theodoric the Arian king subjected him to imprisonment and put him and his companions to death. His body was removed from Ravenna and interred in the basilica of St Peter, after two years, nine months and seventeen days.
Kalends of January fifth feria. AD 525.
The falling asleep of St Brigit in the 70th year of her age.
Ailill of the Uí Bresail, bishop of Ard Macha, rested.
Kalends of January sixth feria. AD 526.
Birth of Cainnech of Achad Bó.
Death of Illann son of Dúnlang son of Énnae Nia son of Bresal Bélach.
In the 197th year after the foundation of the regal city i.e. Constantinople, the emperor Justin on the Kalends of April appointed as his successor Justinian, his nephew by his sister, who had been previously designated 'Most Noble' by him. Justin, however, departed this life on the fourth month following, in the ninth year and second month of his reign.
Repose of St Ailbe.
Kalends of January seventh feria, twenty-fourth of the moon. AD 527.
Felix, bishop of the Roman Church, sat 4 years, 9 months and 14 days. The 17 days and two months of John, and the 13 days of Felix make up the fourth year; and he was interred in the basilica of St Peter the Apostle.
The battle of Cenn Eich and the battle of Áth Sige won over the Laigin. Muirchertach Mac Erca was victor.
Or here, the falling asleep of Brigit according to the Book of the Monks.
Kalends of January second feria, fifth of the moon. AD 528.
Birth of Caemán Brec.
Benedict the monk became distinguished.
Kalends of January third feria. AD 529.
Kalends of January fourth feria AD 530.
The body of Anthony the monk was discovered by divine revelation, and is brought to Alexandria and buried in the church of St John the Baptist.
Kalends of January fifth feria. ninth of the moon AD 531.
In this year Dionysius composed the Paschal Cycles, commencing from the year 520 of the Incarnation of the Lord, which is the 246th of Diocletian.
Kalends of January seventh feria, twentieth of the moon. AD 532.
Three battles(?) fought this year... one at Lecan Lias (?).
Felix was buried in the basilica of St Peter the apostle.
The battle of Éblenn won by Muirchertach; and the battle of Mag Ailbe won against the Laigin, and the battle of Aidne against the Connachta, and the battle of Almuin, and the battle of Cenn Eich against the Laigin, and the ravaging of Clíu in one year.
The battle of Áth Sige. Muirchertach Mac Erca was victor.
Kalends of January first feria, first of the moon.
The drowning of Muirchertach Mac Erca i.e. Muirchertach son of Muiredach son of Eógan son of Niall Naígiallach in a vat full of wine on the hilltop of Cleitech above Bóinn.
Repose of Ailbe of Imlech Ibuir.
Boniface, bishop of Rome, sat 2 years and 26 days, and was buried in the basilica of St Peter the Apostle.
Kalends of January second feria, twelfth of the moon. AD 534.
The falling alseep of Mochta, disciple of Patrick, on the 13th of the Kalends of September. Thus he himself wrote in his epistle: ‘Mauchteus, a sinner, priest, disciple of St Patrick, sends greetings in the Lord’.
The battle of Luachair Mór between the two estuaries, won by Tuathal Maelgarb son of Cormac Caech son of Cairpre son of Niall Naígiallach, over the Ciannacht.
The battle of Éblenn won by Muirchertach Mac Erca over the Laigin, as some say.
Kalends of January third feria, twenty-third of the moon.AD 535.
Thus far Marcellinus brought down his chronicle.
Mercurius, also called John, a Roman by birth, sat two years, 4 months and 6 days as bishop of the Roman Church, and was buried in the basilica of St Peter the Apostle.
Failure of bread.
Ailill, bishop of Ard Macha, died. He also was of the Uí Breasail.
Or here, the drowning of Muirchertach Mac Erca, according to others.
Kalends of January fourth feria, fourth of the moon. AD 536.
The battle of Sliab Éiblinne.
Tuathal Maelgarb reigned eleven years.
Or here, the falling asleep of St Mochta, disciple of Patrick.
Kalends of January [...] AD 537..
Agapitus, a Roman by birth, sat 11 months and 8 days as bishop of the Roman Church, and was buried in the basilica of St Peter the Apostle. The 26 days of Boniface, and the 4 months and 6 days of Mercurius, and the 11 months and 8 days of Agapitus, make up a year, 4 months and 10 days.
The battle of Claenloch, in which Maine son of Cerball fell.
Death of Comgall son of Domangart in the 35th year of his reign.
Kalends of January [...] AD 538
Failure of bread.
The battle of Luachair. Tuathal Maelgarb son of Cormac Caech son of Cairpre son of Niall Naígiallach was victor as some state.
Silverius, a Roman by birth, sat 1 year, 2 months and 11 days; he died a confessor.