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Events during the year 2016 in Ireland.





  • 3 February – Taoiseach Enda Kenny dissolves the 31st Dáil and announces 26 February as the date of a general election.[1]
  • 5 February – One man is killed and two other people are wounded during a shooting at the Regency Hotel in Dublin.[2]
  • 8 February – Another man is shot dead in a gangland shooting in Dublin.[citation needed]
  • 26 February – The 2016 general election takes place.[3]




  • Talks on government formation continue.
  • 6 May – The 32nd Dáil at last elects a Taoiseach. The new cabinet is announced.
  • 9 May – A gathering of naturists on Curracloe Strand is criticised by Mayor of Wexford Ger Carthy. No other complains are made. A spokesperson for the Irish Naturist Association (INA) states no one had asked the men and women, some carrying backpacks containing their picnics, to leave.[5]









Association football

UEFA Euro 2016

Gaelic games

2016 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final
  • 4 September – Kilkenny 2–20 – 2-29 Tipperary
2016 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final
  • 1 October – Dublin 1-15 – 1-14 Mayo (Replay)

Horse racing

Rugby union

  • 5 November – Ireland defeated the New Zealand All Blacks for the first time in 111 years on 5 November 2016 in Chicago on a scoreline of 40–29.[10]

Summer Olympics: Rio de Janeiro

  • 4 August – the Irish Examiner reports that an Irish male boxer tested positive for a banned substance on the eve of the Olympics.[19] He is later named as Michael O'Reilly.[20] O'Reilly becomes the first athlete to test positive for drugs at the 2016 Olympics.[21]
  • 5 August – on the day of the 2016 Summer Olympics opening ceremony, police in Rio de Janeiro arrest two people for attempted illegal resale of hundreds of tickets allocated to the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI).
  • 7 August – Michael O'Reilly's legal team announces it is to officially appeal the boxer's proposed suspension following a failed drug test.[22]
  • 8 August – boxing captain Paddy Barnes, who medalled at the previous two Olympics, loses his opening bout to a Spaniard in a shock result.[23]
  • 9 August – boxer Michael O'Reilly is ruled out of the Olympics after announcing he is no longer contesting his proposed suspension and admitting to taking a supplement that may have contained a banned substance.[24][25][26]
  • 14 August – Irish Minister for Sport Shane Ross flies to Rio de Janeiro to meet with OCI president Pat Hickey in a bid to have Hickey permit an independent member be included on the OCI's own inquiry into the ticketing fiasco.[27][28]
  • 15 August – defending lightweight champion Katie Taylor loses her Olympic crown to a Finn in her opening bout.[29]
  • 16 August – boxer Michael Conlan, a favourite for the gold medal, loses his opening bout to a Russian in contentious circumstances.[30]
  • 17 August – OCI president Pat Hickey is arrested naked in a hotel room in Rio de Janeiro and charged with three crimes.[31][32]
  • 18 August – the now former OCI president Pat Hickey is photographed being wheeled to prison from a hospital in his pyjamas.[33] As well as resigning as OCI president, Hickey also resigns his membership of the International Olympic Committee, his role as president of the European Olympic Committees and his role as vice-president of the Association of National Olympic Committees.[32] Meanwhile, Shane Ross returns to Dublin.[28]
  • 21 August – the 2016 Summer Olympics concludes, as more IOC officials are sought by Brazilian police and the organisation's former president remains locked up in a Rio de Janeiro jail.[34][35]

Arts and literature


January to July

July to December

See also


  1. ^ "Irish general election to take place on 26 February". Guardian. 3 February 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Ordinary day at hotel turns into terrifying bloodbath". Irish Independent. 6 February 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  3. ^ "General Election 2016: The eight best reactions online to this morning's announcement". Irish Independent. 3 February 2016. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  4. ^ "It was harrowing. To have a family, so many people, gone like that over a very simple thing". Irish Independent. 22 March 2016. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Beach nudists 'could face arrest' if they turn up on popular Irish strand". Irish Independent. 11 May 2016.
  6. ^ Republic of Ireland v Sweden UEFA, 2015-12-12.
  7. ^ Belgium v Republic of Ireland UEFA, 2015-12-12.
  8. ^ Italy v Republic of Ireland UEFA, 2015-12-12.
  9. ^ "Cheltenham 2016: Don Cossack lands Gold Cup victory". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  10. ^ "How history was made as Ireland beat New Zealand". 2016-11-07. Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  11. ^ "Oliver Dingley makes Irish diving history and qualifies for Rio: Ireland has not been represented in diving at the Olympic games since 1948 in London". The Irish Times. 21 February 2016.
  12. ^ "Oliver Dingley 'humbled' after booking place at Rio". RTÉ Sport. 21 February 2016.
  13. ^ "Oliver Dingley becomes first Irish diver to reach Olympics in 68 years". Irish Independent. 21 February 2016.
  14. ^ "Irish gymnast Ellis O'Reilly makes history by qualifying for Rio". The Irish Times. 18 April 2016.
  15. ^ "Ellis O'Reilly becomes the first ever Irish female Gymnast to qualify for an Olympic Games". Irish Independent. 18 April 2016.
  16. ^ "Rory McIlroy pulls out of Olympic Games". RTÉ Sport. 22 June 2016.
  17. ^ "McDowell confirms he won't take Olympic spot". RTÉ Sport. 23 June 2016.
  18. ^ "Shane Lowry out of Olympics over Zika concerns". RTÉ Sport. 28 June 2016.
  19. ^ McConnell, Daniel (4 August 2016). "An Irish male boxer has allegedly tested positive for a banned substance on the eve of the Rio Olympics, the Irish Examiner understands". Irish Examiner.
  20. ^ Murphy, Darragh (5 August 2016). "Michael O'Reilly named as Irish boxer who failed drugs test ahead of Rio 2016".
  21. ^ Powell, Jeff (4 August 2016). "Irish boxer Michael O'Reilly becomes first athlete to test positive for drugs at the Rio Olympics". Daily Mail.
  22. ^ "Michael O'Reilly lodges suspension appeal". RTÉ Sport. 7 August 2016.
  23. ^ "Paddy Barnes suffers shock Olympic defeat". RTÉ Sport. 8 August 2016.
  24. ^ "VIDEO: Michael O'Reilly admits to taking supplement". RTÉ Sport. 9 August 2016.
  25. ^ "Michael O'Reilly ruled out of Rio 2016 after not contesting positive drugs test". Irish Independent. 10 August 2016.
  26. ^ Powell, Jeff (9 August 2016). "Michael O'Reilly ruled out of Olympics after Irish boxer failed drugs test". Daily Mail.
  27. ^ Finn, Christina (14 August 2016). "Shane Ross is on his way to Rio to get answers over the Olympics ticket scandal".
  28. ^ a b Hosford, Paul; Brophy, Daragh (18 August 2016). "OCI wouldn't be first to try and put me back in my box, says Ross".
  29. ^ "Coach Zaur Antia cries foul as Katie Taylor falls at first hurdle at Rio 2016". RTÉ Sport. 15 August 2016.
  30. ^ "Crushed Michael Conlan latest victim of Rio judging farce". RTÉ Sport. 16 August 2016.
  31. ^ Sale, Charles (17 August 2016). "Patrick Hickey arrested naked in hotel room as Irish Olympics chief is charged with ticket touting". Daily Mail.
  32. ^ a b "Pat Hickey steps aside as OCI president after Rio arrest". RTÉ News. 18 August 2016.
  33. ^ Hosford, Paul (18 August 2016). "Pat Hickey taken from Rio hospital in a wheelchair".
  34. ^ Bailey, Ryan (22 August 2016). "Brazilian judge issues warrant for passport of John Delaney and five other OCI officials".
  35. ^ McMahon, Cathal; Phelan, Shane (22 August 2016). "Brazil judge issues warrant for passports of John Delaney and five other OCI officials". Irish Independent.
  36. ^ Tributes paid to former Ireland player Ambrose ‘Amby’ Fogarty,
  37. ^ Roscommon ‘colossus’ Gerry O’Malley passes away,
  38. ^ Christy O’Connor Jnr dies suddenly aged 67,
  39. ^ "Ex-attorney general in Gubu case dies". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2016-01-08.
  40. ^ Death occurs of rugby legend Paddy Reid,
  41. ^ PJ Mara obituary: flamboyant character who was central to FF for three decades ,
  42. ^ Ireland's oldest citizen dies aged 109 ,
  43. ^ Billy Quinn, two-time All-Ireland minor winner with Tipperary and father of Niall, has died,
  44. ^ Cork GAA in mourning following the sudden death of former Rebels selector John Corcoran,
  45. ^ Death of GAA journalist Micheál McGeary,
  46. ^ Obituary: The O'Donovan,
  47. ^ Death of Mayo All-Ireland winning priest,
  48. ^ Broadcaster Terry Wogan dies, aged 77,
  49. ^ Interference singer Fergus O'Farrell dies,
  50. ^ Death of former RTÉ journalist,
  51. ^ Tributes pour in for Mark Farren who dies aged 33,
  52. ^ GAA community in Down in shock after the sudden death of Peter Turley,
  53. ^ FAI pays tribute to the late Paul Bannon,
  54. ^ Late George Redmond disputed tribunal’s findings,
  55. ^ Jimmy Donnelly respected at Belfast Celtic and beyond,
  56. ^ Death of former Kerry great DJ Crowley,
  57. ^ 'The Commitments' actor Johnny Murphy, known for his role as Joey 'The Lips' Fagan, dies aged 72,
  58. ^ Henry Comerford (1936-2016), solicitor and actor, dies in Galway,
  59. ^ Fr Ted star Frank Kelly passes away,
  60. ^ Tributes pour in for Peter Keogh,
  61. ^ Supreme Court judge Adrian Hardiman dies,
  62. ^ Tributes pour in following the death of legendary Irish athlete Jim McNamara,
  63. ^ Former Garda commissioner Larry Wren dies aged 93,
  64. ^ OBITUARY: Davy Walsh, former Irish soccer international,
  65. ^ Actor Robert Carrickford, Glenroe’s Stephen Brennan, dies,
  66. ^ Dick Burke, former minister for education, dies aged 83,
  67. ^ Death of 1949 Royal County captain, Brian Smyth,
  68. ^ The death has occurred of PATRICK (PAT) PHILPOTT,
  69. ^ Sad days for Down gaels with passing of Brendan Sloan and Eugene Treanor,
  70. ^ Down legend Brendan Sloan passes away,
  71. ^ Death of legendary Meath full back, Paddy 'Hands' O'Brien,
  72. ^
  73. ^ Obituary: Sean ‘Chesty’ O’Shea, legendary PR man,
  74. ^ "Michael John Shinnick: Chief scout saw Scouting Ireland grow to 50,000 members". Irish Times. Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  75. ^ "Castle Leslie owner Sir John 'Jack' Leslie has died aged 99". The Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  76. ^ President Higgins pays tribute to late Irish Independent columnist James Downey,
  77. ^ Death occurs of artist Basil Blackshaw,
  78. ^ Tributes pour in following the death of former GAA President Jack Boothman,
  79. ^ Tributes paid as golfing great Christy O'Connor Senior passes away aged 91,
  80. ^ Drogheda's Joey Maher was a handball legend,
  81. ^ Former Fianna Fáil TD Sean Ardagh passes away,
  82. ^ Tributes paid to former GAA President Joe McDonagh who passed away after short illness,
  83. ^ Former Sunday Press editor Michael Keane dies,
  84. ^ John ‘Blondie’ Horgan takes his final bow,
  85. ^ Death of Offaly great Ambrose Hickey,
  86. ^ Tony Byrne: Footballer who won 14 international caps for Ireland,
  87. ^ Sad news as Waterford 'legend' Seamus Power passes away,
  88. ^ Death of boxing legend Freddie Gilroy,
  89. ^ Journalist Séamus Mac Géidigh dies suddenly,
  90. ^ Last link to Polo Grounds final is broken,
  91. ^ "Phonsie O'Brien dies peacefully at home". Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  92. ^ Artist Micheál Ó Nualláin, brother of Flann O’Brien, dies at 88,
  93. ^ Oldest Irish person Nora Canavan, 108, passes away,
  94. ^ Obituary: Finbarr Flood,
  95. ^ Friends and fellow jockeys remember privilege of knowing JT McNamara,
  96. ^ Tributes paid to 'outstanding' Limerick Gael Gerry Molyneaux,
  97. ^ Death occurs of former Fianna Fáil minister Paddy Lalor,
  98. ^ Handball legend Michael ‘Ducksie’ Walsh dies, aged 50,
  99. ^ 'Fearless peacebuilder' Bishop Edward Daly dies age 82,
  100. ^ Padraig Duggan, founding member of Clannad, has died at 67,
  101. ^ Cork mourns hero John Bennett,
  102. ^ Former Ireland player and manager Liam Tuohy has passed away aged 83,
  103. ^ Louis Stewart, Ireland's greatest ever jazz guitarist, dies aged 72,
  104. ^ John Delaney says farewell to ‘legendary’ Milo Corcoran,
  105. ^ Brolly remembers a 'remarkable man',
  106. ^ Former Tanaiste Peter Barry passes away after a short illness,
  107. ^ Farewell to Anne O'Brien - the best Irish sportswoman that you never knew,
  108. ^ The lonely death and troubled life of a wonderful Miss Ireland,
  109. ^ Irish rower dies after suffering injuries in fall in Poland,
  110. ^ Death of former Mayo star Greg Maher,
  111. ^ Rugby mourns Ireland Grand Slam hero Bertie O'Hanlon,
  112. ^ Former Ireland defender Seamus Dunne passes away,
  113. ^ Bobby Molloy, founding member of the Progressive Democrats, passes away,
  114. ^ Disability rights campaigner Martin Naughton dies,
  115. ^ Munster Rugby coach Anthony Foley has passed away suddenly,
  116. ^ Former Tipperary hurler Mickey 'The Rattler' Byrne passed away this morning,
  117. ^ Sad passing of Roscommon All-Ireland winner Paddy Beisty,
  118. ^ Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning trainer Francis Flood has died aged 86,
  119. ^ Former government chief whip Fergus O'Brien dies,
  120. ^ Obituary: Pat Flynn, former Waterford hurling goalkeeper and legendary Ballygunner club figure,
  121. ^ Cheltenham Festival hero Moscow Flyer dies aged 22,
  122. ^ "Irishman detonates suicide bomb while fighting for Islamic State near Mosul (Report) -".
  123. ^ Death of ex-Cavan player and selector Joe McCarthy,
  124. ^ Derry pay tribute to the late Owen Gribbin,
  125. ^ Football mourns after death of Ray Brady, 79,
  126. ^ Tributes as Irish author William Trevor dies aged 88,
  127. ^ Passing of Down great Joe Lennon,
  128. ^ Wicklow hurling mourns Jim Connors,
  129. ^ Death of Mayo great Willie Casey Archived 2016-12-06 at the Wayback Machine,
  130. ^ Tipp bid farewell to hurling legend Mick Roche,
  131. ^ Much-loved contemporary Irish poet John Montague has died at 87,
  132. ^ Iconic Irish businesswoman Gillian Bowler passes away,
  133. ^ 'Unfailingly courteous and generous' - Poet and critic Anthony Cronin dies aged 88,
  134. ^ French writer Michel Déon dies in Galway, aged 97,
  135. ^ Aodan Mac Poilin: Trailblazer promoted Irish language without politics,