1934 in Ireland


*January 12 - Republican Press Ltd. takes a High Court action against the Garda Síochána over the seizure of the "An Phoblacht" newspaper.
*January 20 - The funeral of the veteran nationalist Member of Parliament, Joseph Devlin, takes place in Belfast.
*February 5 - Dublin Corporation debates a letter from the Gaelic League asking for a ban on the broadcast of jazz music on the grounds that it is contrary to the spirit of Christianity and nationality.
*February 7 - Discussions on the formation of a new Volunteer Force leads to an explosive debate in the Dáil. Civil War events are revisited and there are angry exchanges between deputies.
*February 23 - The government introduces the "Wearing of Uniform (Restriction) Bill 1934". Cumann na nGaedhael opposes what is soon dubbed "The Blueshirts Bill."
*February 26 - 300 pupils from the Christian Brothers schools in Thurles go on strike as a protest against the wearing of blue shirts by a number of their classmates. They parade through the town sing "The Soldiers Song."
*March 2 - The Wearing of Uniform (Restriction) Bill is carried in the Dáil by 80 votes to 60. W. T. Cosgrave condemns the Bill and predicts its failure.
*March 10 - The National Athletic and Cycling Association decides to ban women from taking part in events and meetings.
*March 18 - General Eoin O'Duffy addresses 2,500 "Blueshirts" in Trim Market Square.
*March 27 - The Irish Hospitals' Sweepstakes receive a blow when the House of Lords bans general betting and lotteries.
*April 9 - W.W. McDowell, US Minister to Ireland, dies at a State banquet in his honour at Dublin Castle. He was seated between President Éamon de Valera and Mrs. Sinéad de Valera.
*May 2 - An application to obtain permission for deposed Soviet leader Leon Trotsky to live in Ireland has failed.

Arts and literature



*League of Ireland::Winners: Bohemians

*FAI Cup::Winners: Cork 2 - 1 St James' Gate


*Irish Open is won by Syd Easterbrook (England).


January to June

*12 January - Edmond Carmody, Roman Catholic bishop in the Diocese of Corpus Christi.
*21 January - Audrey Dalton, actress.
*3 February - Joseph Duffy, Roman Catholic Bishop of Clogher.
*7 February - Rory O'Hanlon, Fianna Fail TD for Cavan Monaghan, former Cabinet Minister and Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann.
*6 March - Mella Carroll, former judge of the High Court (d.2006).
*1 May - Rory Kiely, former Fianna Fáil Senator, Cathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann 2002–2007
*4 May - Patrick O'Donoghue, fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Lancaster in England.
*19 May - Mark Hely Hutchinson, son of 7th Earl of Donoughmore, chief executive of Guinness Ireland and group chief executive, Bank of Ireland (1983 - 1991).
*29 May - Mick Meagan, soccer player and manager.
*4 June - Seamus Elliott, road bicycle racer (d.1971).

July to December

*13 July - Brian McCracken, Justice of the Supreme Court, sole member of The McCracken Tribunal into certain payment by Ben Dunne to Charles Haughey and Michael Lowry.
*29 July - Patrick Coveney, Roman Catholic Archbishop.
*30 July - Kathleen O'Connor, teacher and former Clann na Poblachta TD for Kerry North, and the youngest-ever woman elected to Dáil Éireann (at a by-election in 1956)
*5 August - Gay Byrne, broadcaster and former host of the Late Late Show.
*25 August - Michael Lynch, former Fianna Fáil TD and senator.
*16 September - Ronnie Drew, singer and folk musician, with The Dubliners.
*23 September - Thomas Kilroy, playwright and novelist.
*26 October - Walton Empey, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin and Bishop of Glendalough, Primate of Ireland (1996 - 2002).
*30 October - Noel Dwyer, soccer player.(d. 1993)
*12 November - John McGahern, writer (d.2006).

Full date unknown

*Francis John Byrne, historian.
*Tom Cheasty, Waterford hurler (d.2007).
*Johnny Clifford, Cork hurler (d.2007).


*1 January - John Crowley, medical doctor, member 1st Dáil representing North Mayo.
*18 January - Joseph Devlin, Nationalist politician and MP in the British House of Commons and in Northern Ireland (b.1872).
*April - Robert McCall, lawyer (b.1849).
*28 November - Seán O'Μahony, Sinn Féin MP (b.1864).
*3 December - Charles James O'Donnell, colonial administrator and MP (b.1849).

Full date unknown

*Patrick S. Dinneen, lexicographer and historian (b.1860).
*Nathaniel Hill, artist (b.1861).
*George F. O'Shaunessy, Democrat U.S. Representative from Rhode Island (d.1868).

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