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Events during the year 2018 in Ireland.

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Events

January

  • 1 January
    • Teachtaí Dála rang in the new year with a pay increase of €3,600, with a further increase to follow in October, bringing the total increase in 2018 to €4,500, yielding an annual salary of €94,500.[1]
    • The Road Safety Authority published provisional statistics for 2017, which showed a 15% drop in road deaths compared with the previous year. A total of 158 people lost their lives on Ireland's roads compared to 186 lives lost in 2016. It represented 28 fewer fatalities on the previous year and was the lowest figure for annual road deaths since they were first officially recorded in 1959.[2]
  • 2 January
    • A record 656 patients were on trolleys or on wards waiting for admission to a bed, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.[3]
    • Met Éireann issued two Status Orange warnings as Storm Eleanor swept across the country bringing gusts of up to 130km/h and flooding in some areas. Up to 55,000 ESB customers in the west and north west of the country were left without power.[4]
  • 3 January – The level of hospital overcrowding increased to a national record of 677 patients, according to the latest figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.[5]
  • 4 January – An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar apologised to patients who have experienced long delays and waits on trolleys in emergency departments as the Health Service Executive revealed that there were 12 children on trolleys in the three children's hospitals in Dublin. [6]
  • 6 January – The diocese of Down and Connor suspended the sign of peace between people at mass in response to the surge in cases of influenza.[7]
  • 7 January – Met Éireann issued a Status Orange low temperature warning for many counties, with temperatures plummeting to as low as -6C over night.[8]
  • 8 January – Sinn Féin MP Barry McElduff was suspended from all party activity for three months after he posted a video online that relatives of the victims of the 1976 Kingsmill massacre described as callous and offensive. He resigned as an MP a week later.[9]
  • 12 January – Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney met new Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley for the first time. The two ministers discussed the re-establishment of power-sharing in the north.[10]
  • 14 January – The Citizens' Assembly recommendeded a ban on anonymous donations to political parties and campaign groups, weekend voting and lowering the voting age to 16.[11]
  • 15 January – Gardaí announced that they are to conduct a review into the death of a baby whose body was found on a beach at Cahersiveen in County Kerry 33 years ago.[12]
  • 16 January – Gardaí apologised to Joanne Hayes for the stress and pain she was put through as part of the original investigation into the murder of 'Baby John' in Kerry in 1984.[13]
  • 17 January
    • An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that the European Union is at a decisive point in its future when he addressed MEPs in the European Parliament in the first of a series of debates between EU government leaders and MEPs on the future of the EU.[14]
    • Opening statements on the Report of the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment were made in the Dáil, with Minister for Health Simon Harris describing the commencement of the debate as an historic one.[15]
  • 18 January
  • 20 January – Mary Lou McDonald was confirmed as Sinn Féin's President-elect by Gerry Adams at a meeting of the party Ard Comhairle and its Northern region organisation in Belfast. She was he only candidate for the leadership.[18]
  • 25 January – The Dáil passed legislation to allow the sale of alcohol on Good Friday for the first time in over 90 years.[19]
  • 27 January – An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced that he will be campaigning for more liberal abortion laws in the forthcoming referendum on the repeal of the Eighth Amendment.[20]
  • 29 January
    • It was announced that Michelle O'Neill is to be the new deputy leader of Sinn Féin after it was confirmed she was the only candidate nominated for the post.[21]
    • The Cabinet gave formal approval to the holding of a referendum on the Eighth Amendment.[22]

February

  • 3 February – Brexit supporter Nigel Farage said at a Dublin conference that there was “a gap in the political market” in Ireland for a party to push for an Irish exit from the European Union.[23]
  • 5 February – More than 30 homes in 12 counties were searched as part of an investigation into the possession and distribution of child abuse images.[24]
  • 7 February – More than 30 secondary school students and two adults were taken to hospital after a school bus and a car collided in Caherconlish, County Limerick.[25]
  • 9 February – The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said the UK's decision to leave the EU single market and customs union will mean checks at the Irish border are "unavoidable".[26]
  • 10 February – Mary Lou McDonald was formally elected as President of Sinn Féin at a special Ard Fheis at the RDS.[27]
  • 12 February – An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British Prime Minister Theresa May held talks at Stormont in an effort to resolve the deadlock in establishing the Executive.[28]
  • 14 February – A three-year-old girl died following an alleged assault at her home in Dublin the previous Saturday.[29]
  • 16 February – The government launched a €116 billion development plan for the country. Project Ireland 2040 is aiming to spread economic development across the country which will see a population expansion of one million people over the lifetime of the plan.[30]
  • 20 February – The proposed wording that would be inserted in the Constitution should people vote to repeal the Eighth Amendment has been agreed by the Cabinet.[31]
  • 25 February – Aodhán Ó Conchúir, a 14-year-old student at Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, died following a head injury sustained while playing in a football match in Dingle.[32]
  • 28 February – Met Éireann issued a red weather warning, its most severe alert, for all of Munster and Leinster as the Beast from the East weather event arrived.[33]

March

  • 1 March – The Status Red snow and ice warning was extended to the entire country with blizzard conditions expected. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar called on people to heed public safety warnings about the blizzard conditions that are expected and to be safe at home by 4pm on Thursday.[34]
  • 2 March
    • Two separate weather warnings were in place for the country tonight as blizzard-like conditions and exceptionally high accumulations of snow were expected with the arrival of Storm Emma.[35]
    • An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar ordered a general review of the Government's Strategic Communications Unit (SCU) after a week of controversy over advertorials for Project Ireland 2040.[36]
  • 3 March – A vote in Lisdoonvarna returned a 93% rejection of plans by the Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) to house asylum seekers in the King Thomond Hotel.[37]
  • 4 March – A 27-year-old man appeared in court in Dundalk charged with the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe in County Louth just over five years earlier.[38]
  • 5 March – Thousands of people were without electricity, while water rationing was imposed in some areas as the country recovered from the recent bad weather.[39]
  • 6 March – Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary becomes Ireland’s latest billionaire, earning himself a place on Forbes’s annual billionaire ranking.[40]
  • 8 March
    • The Cabinet agreed to hold a referendum asking voters to repeal the Eighth Amendment and “provision be made in law for the regulation of termination of pregnancy”.[41]
    • Former President Mary McAleese criticised the Catholic Church as "an empire of misogyny".[42]
  • 10 March – Tens of thousands of people marched through Dublin in one of the country's biggest ever anti-abortion demonstrations.[43]
  • 12 March
    • An Taoiseach, speaking at an event in Oklahoma, thanked members of the Choctaw Nation for the generosity shown by their ancestors to Ireland during the Great Famine.[44]
    • There were 714 patients on trolleys or on wards awaiting admission to a hospital bed – the highest number ever recorded.[45]
  • 14 March
    • 36 people were arrested following days of Garda activity in the Kilkenny-Carlow area aimed at preventing crime and disrupting criminal activity.[46]
    • Taoiseach Leo Varadkar confirmed that an invite to US President Donald Trump to visit Ireland extended by his predecessor Enda Kenny still stands.[47]
    • Students occupying Trinity College Dublin's dining hall in a protest over extra charges were denied access to toilets and water by security at the college, according to the students' union.[48]
  • 15 March – An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar met US President Donald Trump in the White House where Trump said he would like to visit Ireland soon.[49] He later had to clarify that he had not interfered in the planning process four years previously when Trump had asked him to intervene to block the creation of a wind farm near Trump's Doonbeg golf resort.
  • 16 March – The Taoiseach met US Vice President Mike Pence at his official residence. In a break with protocol, the media were not in attendance, however, it is understood that the Taoiseach did raise the issue of gay rights.[50]
  • 17 March
  • 19 March – The European Union and Britain agreed that there must be a "backstop" solution to ensure that there is no hard border on the island of Ireland. A backstop agreement would fully align Northern Ireland with the rules of the EU in order to avoid a hard border.[53]
  • 20 March – Taoiseach Leo Varadkar discussed Brexit with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin during his first visit to the German capital as Taoiseach.[54]
  • 21 March
    • Pope Francis confirmed that he will make the first papal trip to Ireland in nearly 40 years, visiting Dublin for two days in August.[55]
    • The second stage of the bill to allow for a referendum on the Eighth Amendment passed by a large majority in the Dáil by 110 votes to 32.[56]
  • 27 March
    • The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, informed the Russian Ambassador to Ireland that the "accreditation of a member of his staff with diplomatic status is to be terminated".[57]
    • The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, announced that the Cabinet approved the "general scheme" of the legislation on abortion that would be brought forward if the referendum on the Eighth Amendment was passed.[58]
  • 28 March
    • Ulster and Ireland rugby player Paddy Jackson was acquitted of rape and sexual assault, while his teammate Stuart Olding was acquitted of rape.[59]
    • The government announced that the referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment will take place on 25 May.[60]
    • New figures revealed that there were 1,739 homeless families recorded in February.[61]
  • 29 March – The Save the 8th campaign was launched in Dublin. The group is campaigning for a No vote in May’s referendum on the Eighth Amendment.[62]
  • 30 March
    • Pubs around the country open on Good Friday for the first time in 91 years.[63]
    • The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed that one Irish diplomat has been instructed to leave Russia.[64]

April

  • 1 April –
  • 3 April – Heavy overnight rain forced an early end to the Easter festival at Fairyhouse due to a waterlogged track.[67]
  • 4 April – President Higgins signed a warrant granting a posthumous pardon to Myles Joyce who was wrongfully convicted and hanged over the murder of five people in 1882.[68]
  • 6 April – UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor was charged with assault, menacing and reckless endangerment at the UFC 223 media day in New York.[69]
  • 7 April – Up to 10,000 people took part in a demonstration in Dublin to demand action over the ongoing housing crisis.[70]
  • 9 April – Two American tourists died when a jaunting car overturned near the Gap of Dunloe, County Kerry.[71]
  • 10 April –
  • 12 April – Eir announced the loss of 750 jobs after a majority stake takeover by two French firms connected to a telecoms billionaire.[74]
  • 17 April – Enterprise Ireland launched €1 million for a competitive start fund for female entrepreneurs.[75]
  • 19 April – Minister for Communications Denis Naughten said he sincerely regrets expressing his own opinion to a PR executive acting for Independent News & Media in relation to the company's proposed takeover of Celtic Media.[76]
  • 20 April – The harvesting of up to 1,000 silage bales began at Shannon Airport in an effort to help farmers with fodder shortages.[77]
  • 25 April – A 53-year-old Meath man was left in a critical condition after being assaulted before Liverpool's Champions League semi-final against Roma at Anfield.[78]
  • 26 April – The HSE confirmed that 206 women developed cervical cancer after having a misdiagnosed smear in the free national screening programme.[79]
  • 29 April – After a week of uncertainty regarding cancer misdiagnoses, the HSE confirmed that the clinical director of CervicalCheck, Dr Gráinne Flannelly, has stepped down from her post.[80]

May

  • 2 May – New information in the cervical cancer tests scandal revealed that up to 3,000 women may be at risk as a result of misdiagnoses.[81]
  • 3 May – It was announced that HSE director-general Tony O’Brien is to take a temporary leave of absence from the board of a US medical company amid renewed calls for him to stand aside from his position due to the ongoing controversy over the CervicalCheck controversy.[82]
  • 4 May
    • A man in his 40s was killed when the single-seater light aircraft he was piloting crashed near Ballina, County Mayo.[83]
    • The HSE agreed to pay the €150,000-a-year cost of treatment for cervical cancer victim Vicky Phelan.[84]
  • 5 May – A new report revealed that the average rent has risen to €1,261 nationwide.[85]
  • 7 May – A number of individuals affected by the cervical cancer tests scandal revealed that they were in the process of suing the HSE, a cervical screening laboratory and a number of doctors.[86]
  • 9 May – Transport Minister Shane Ross was accused of “picking your nose” and “not listening” to rural TDs by Mattie McGrath during a debate on his Road Traffic Bill.[87]
  • 10 May – Tony O'Brien announced that he will step down as director-general of the HSE with effect from close of business on 11 May following the CervicalCheck cancer controversy.[88]
  • 11 May
    • Gardaí announced that they are investigating photographs posted online of two men, one dressed as a priest, engaged in sex acts on an altar of a rural Catholic church in Kildorrery, County Cork.[89]
    • The government announced a package of supports including discretionary medical cards, travel and childcare expenses, and counselling services to women impacted by the CervicalCheck scandal.[90]
  • 13 May – A 47-year-old man and a seven-year-old boy were killed in a light plane crash in County Offaly.[91]
  • 15 May – There were calls to expel the Israeli ambassador to Ireland following the killing of 58 Palestinians on the Gaza border.[92]
  • 16 May
    • The Acting Director General of the HSE, John Connaghan, apologised for the "confusion and alarm" that was created in relation to the CervicalCheck programme, as a result of the failure to communicate with the women affected.[93]
    • Galway hurler Davy Glennon was given 240 hours' community service, in lieu of seven concurrent two-year sentences, after he pleaded guilty to the theft of an estimated €70,000 from his employers to fund a gambling addiction.[94]
  • 17 May – A 41-year-old man was jailed for three years for the harassment of RTÉ newsreader and journalist Sharon Ní Bheoláin. [95]
  • 20 May – A 40-year-old armed man died following a shooting in Cherrywood by Gardaí searching for missing woman Jastine Valdez.[96]
  • 21 May – A body was found in the Puck's Castle area in south County Dublin by Gardaí searching for 24-year-old Jastine Valdez, who had been missing since the previous Saturday evening.[97]
  • 25 May – A constitutional referendum on whether to repeal the ban on abortion in Ireland took place,[98] with a landslide win of 66.4% to 33.6% for the repeal side.[99]
  • 26 May – Gardaí launched a murder investigation following a post-mortem examination on the body of an 18-year old man found dead in a field in Dunleer.[100]
  • 29 May – The child and family agency Tusla said 126 people were incorrectly registered at birth between 1946 and 1969 by the former adoption society St Patrick’s Guild.[101]
  • 31 May – Two teenage boys died after they got into difficulty while swimming in a lake in a quarry outside Ennis, County Clare.[102]

June

  • 1 June – A 36-year-old man died after he was assaulted at a pub in Mitchelstown, County Cork.[103]
  • 3 June
    • A 27-year-old man was charged with the murder of Patrick 'Paddy' O'Donnell at a pub in Mitchelstown two days earlier.[104]
    • Gardaí launched a murder investigation into the death of Monaghan man Séamus Bell following a post-mortem examination this afternoon.[105]
    • A 20-year-old Irish tourist died after falling from an apartment block in the resort of Magaluf.[106]
  • 4 June – A 39-year-old man died following a collision between a van and a tractor near Buttevant, County Cork. Two teenagers were also injured in the crash.[107]
  • 5 June
  • 6 June
  • 8 June
    • Leo Varadkar became the first Taoiseach to visit the Orange Order's headquarters in Belfast.[114]
    • The EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier rejected British Prime Minister Theresa May's proposals for a backstop customs arrangement in Northern Ireland.[115]
    • A 14-year-old boy was killed in County Donegal when the car he was driving on a dirt road crashed.[116]
  • 9 June – 2,505 women set a new Guinness World Record for the world's largest skinny dip at a beach in County Wicklow.[117]
  • 12 June
    • A report on the CervicalCheck screening controversy recommended an immediate assistance payment of €2,000 to women and their families.[118]
    • All planned Irish Ferries sailings to France on the WB Yeats vessel this summer were cancelled due to a delay in the delivery of the new ferry.[119]
  • 13 June
    • An elderly husband and wife from the United Kingdom died in a two-vehicle crash near Dromkeen in County Limerick.[120]
    • Met Éireann issued two weather warnings ahead of Storm Hector, which is expected to bring gusts of up to 125km/h in parts of the south and northwest.[121]
  • 14 June
    • Latest figures revealed that the total number of people on waiting lists to be treated, or seen by a doctor, stood at over 707,000, the highest number recorded.[122]
    • Up to 35,000 homes and businesses were left without power as a result of Storm Hector.[123]
    • Mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor appeared in court in New York on charges of assault, criminal mischief and reckless endangerment.[124]
    • Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visited Cork for a round of engagements, which included a visit to the city's English Market.[125]
  • 15 June – James Quinn was convicted of the murder of Gary Hutch - but the jury ruled he was the getaway driver and not the gunman.[126]
  • 19 June
    • An investigation by HIQA revealed that Tusla must take urgent action to address serious shortcomings in how it manages allegations of child sexual abuse.[127]
    • Taoiseach Leo Varadkar apologised in the Dáil to members of the LGBT community who suffered as a result of the criminalisation of homosexuality.[128]
  • 20 June – Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm was sentenced to six years in prison for conspiracy to defraud and false accounting.[129]
  • 21 June
  • 22 June – Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was awarded an honorary doctorate of law from Trinity College Dublin.[132]

August

Sports

Gaelic games

2018 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final
  • 19 August – TBD vs. TBD
2018 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final
  • 2 September – TBD vs. TBD

Association football

International friendly matches

Rugby union

Deaths

January

February

March

April

May

June

Martin Birrane's blue racing car

See also

References

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  39. ^ Thousands lack power or water after Storm Emma Irish Examiner, 2018-03-05.
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  46. ^ 36 people arrested in Kilkenny and Carlow RTÉ News, 2018-03-14.
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  55. ^ Pope Francis confirms he will make first papal visit to Ireland in nearly 40 years Irish Independent, 2018-03-21.
  56. ^ Second stage of Referendum bill passes by large majority in Dáil RTÉ News, 2018-03-21.
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  92. ^ Ireland will not expel Israeli ambassador, says Varadkar Irish Times, 2018-05-15.
  93. ^ Interim HSE head sorry for 'confusion and alarm' over cancer controversy RTÉ News, 2018-05-16.
  94. ^ Galway hurler sentenced over €70k theft from employers RTÉ News, 2018-05-16.
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  100. ^ Murder investigation launched after body found in Co Louth RTÉ News, 2018-05-26.
  101. ^ 126 people identified as having had births incorrectly registered by adoption agency RTÉ News, 2018-05-29.
  102. ^ Teenage boys who drowned in Clare quarry named locally Irish Times, 2018-05-31.
  103. ^ Man dies after assault in Cork RTÉ News, 2018-06-02.
  104. ^ Man charged with murder of Patrick O'Donnell in Cork RTÉ News, 2018-06-03.
  105. ^ Murder probe launched after Monaghan man in coma dies RTÉ News, 2018-06-03.
  106. ^ Irish tourist dies after fall from apartment block in Majorca RTÉ News, 2018-06-03.
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  108. ^ One man dead, well-known boxing trainer Pete Taylor rushed to hospital after early-morning gun attack Irish Independent, 2018-06-05.
  109. ^ Latest: Church and state 'ahead of their time in people trafficking', says Magdalene Laundries survivor Irish Examiner, 2018-06-05.
  110. ^ 'The lucky streak continues!' Irish player wins €17m EuroMillions jackpot Irish Examiner, 2018-06-05.
  111. ^ And they're off... Over 121,000 Leaving and Junior Cert students begin exams today Irish Independent, 2018-06-06.
  112. ^ Anglo CEO David Drumm found guilty of conspiracy to defraud and false accounting in €7.2bn 'confidence trick' Irish Independent, 2018-06-06.
  113. ^ Aer Árann to cease operation of flights to Aran Islands RTÉ News, 2018-06-06.
  114. ^ Varadkar meets Orange Order, says he is a ‘neighbour not an invader’ Irish Times, 2018-06-08.
  115. ^ EU rejects 'temporary backstop' plan for Irish border RTÉ News, 2018-06-06.
  116. ^ (14) killed after car he was driving crashed in Donegal named Irish Times, 2018-06-08.
  117. ^ Thousands of women break record for world's largest skinny dip at Wicklow beach Irish Independent, 2018-06-09.
  118. ^ Women who suffered delayed cervical cancer diagnosis to receive €2,000 in 'immediate ex gratia' payment Irish Independent, 2018-06-12.
  119. ^ Irish Ferries cancels all summer sailings on new WB Yeats ferry Irish Independent, 2018-06-12.
  120. ^ Elderly couple visiting from UK die in Co Limerick crash RTÉ News, 2018-06-13.
  121. ^ Two weather warnings issued ahead of Storm Hector RTÉ News, 2018-06-13.
  122. ^ Hospital waiting lists reach high of 707,000 RTÉ News, 2018-06-14.
  123. ^ Storm Hector leaves 35,000 premises without power Irish Times, 2018-06-14.
  124. ^ Conor McGregor appears in NY court over assault charge RTÉ News, 2018-06-14.
  125. ^ Coveney tells Prince Charles visit of Queen was a 'watershed moment' Irish Examiner, 2018-06-14.
  126. ^ Dubliner James Quinn found guilty of murder of Gary Hutch in Spain - but not as gunman Irish Independent, 2018-06-15.
  127. ^ McDonald: Hiqa report proof Tusla 'not fit for purpose' Irish Examiner, 2018-06-19.
  128. ^ Some of State’s founding patriots were gay, Taoiseach tells Dáil Irish Times, 2018-06-19.
  129. ^ Drumm sentenced to six years for conspiracy to defraud RTÉ News, 2018-06-20.
  130. ^ 'Ireland's border is the EU's border, and the EU's priority' - Juncker's words receive applause in the Dáil Irish Independent, 2018-06-21.
  131. ^ James Quinn jailed for 22 years in Spain over Gary Hutch murder Irish Times, 2018-06-21.
  132. ^ Clinton lauds ‘grassroots activism’ behind abortion vote Irish Times, 2018-06-22.
  133. ^ Pope Francis to visit Ireland in 2018 The Guardian, 2016-11-28.
  134. ^ Pope to address controversial issues at World Meeting of Families in Dublin RTÉ, 2017-01-17.
  135. ^ Pope expected to attend two events in Ireland next year RTÉ, 2017-09-30
  136. ^ Turkey vs Republic of Ireland FAI.ie. Retrieved 2017-12-24.
  137. ^ France vs Republic of Ireland FAI.ie. Retrieved 2017-12-24.
  138. ^ "Ireland win Six Nations after England lose to France". Planet Rugby. 10 March 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2018. 
  139. ^ "Grand Slam glory as Ireland dominate England in Twickenham". RTÉ. 18 March 2018. Retrieved 18 March 2018. 
  140. ^ The death has occurred of Michael (Mick) MURPHY, rip.ie
  141. ^ Former Galway hurling legend Tim Sweeney dies aged 88, galwaybayfm.ie
  142. ^ Ex-judge and ‘barrister to underdog’ Donal Barrington dies, irishtimes.com
  143. ^ Sad death of 1964 All Ireland winning Tipperary captain Michael Murphy, nationalist.ie
  144. ^ Former attorney general Peter Sutherland dies aged 71, irishtimes.com
  145. ^ Former Donegal Fine Gael TD Paddy Harte dies at 86, rte.ie
  146. ^ Death of former Tyrone panellist Christopher Colhoun, hoganstand.com
  147. ^ Death of former Curragh trainer Kennedy
  148. ^ Sad death of Clonmel man Jim Kennedy, one of the founding fathers of ladies football, nationalist.ie
  149. ^ Death of Kay Crowley (neé Toal), former continuity Announcer., superannrte.ie
  150. ^ Death of St Vincent de Paul's Prof John Monaghan, rte.ie
  151. ^ Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan dies suddenly, rte.ie
  152. ^ Death of Louise McDermott - former Radio Continuity Announcer., superannrte.ie
  153. ^ Tributes paid to late Roscommon businessman Des Whyte, shannonside.ie
  154. ^ Laois GAA stunned by Liam's tragic death, hoganstand.com
  155. ^ Obituary: Pat Lynch, independent.ie
  156. ^ Trainer Peter Casey passes away, theirishfield.ie
  157. ^ Offaly hurling legend dies aged 68, offalyindependent.ie
  158. ^ "An Anglo-Irish poet who wrote to unite his divided self and land". The Irish Times. 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018. 
  159. ^ Deep sadness in Emo and beyond at the passing of Pat Brophy, laoistoday.ie
  160. ^ Tributes paid on passing of former Ceann Comhairle Seamus Pattison, irishexaminer.com
  161. ^ Cavan All-Ireland winner John Sheridan passes away, hoganstand.com
  162. ^ Sadness at death of Limerick and Claughaun GAA stalwart Sean O'Connor, limerickleader.ie
  163. ^ 'He served city, county and country with distinction' - Tributes pour in for ex-Ireland international Liam Miller (36), independent.ie
  164. ^ Former city architect for Limerick and Dublin James Barrett dies
  165. ^ Tributes paid to former senator John Robb
  166. ^ Irish athletics star (33) dies in car crash in South Carolina
  167. ^ ‘Black Widow’ Catherine Nevin dies at Dublin hospice just months after being released from prison
  168. ^ 'I will miss him greatly' - Enda Kenny leads tributes after sudden death of political ally
  169. ^ Frank Norberg RIP
  170. ^ Semi-pro footballer who scored against Manchester United found dead in car
  171. ^ Irish writer Emma Hannigan dies after 11-year cancer battle, rte.ie
  172. ^ Sadness at death of former Boyle store owner in collision, independent.ie
  173. ^ Church bulletin announcing Carmel McSharry's death [better source needed]
  174. ^ Alltech founder Pearse Lyons dies, independent.ie
  175. ^ Arts patron Garech de Brún dies aged 78, rte.ie
  176. ^ Novelist Val Mulkerns dies aged 93, irishtimes.com
  177. ^ Renowned Uilleann piper Liam O'Flynn has passed away, irishexaminer.com
  178. ^ Body found by crew searching for Elisha Gault, irishtimes.com
  179. ^ Kilkenny hurling legend passes away in US, kilkennypeople.ie
  180. ^ Obituary: Joseph Gallagher, independent.ie
  181. ^ First Irish priest to oppose papal contraception ban dies at 94, rte.ie
  182. ^ Former Ceann Comhairle Sean Treacy dies aged 94, thejournal.ie
  183. ^ Tributes paid to 'committed and talented' Tipperary footballer Rachel Kenneally, hoganstand.com
  184. ^ Taoiseach leads tributes to 'exceptional public servant' Frank Murray, independent.ie
  185. ^ Last surviving child of a 1916 Easter Rising leader dies aged 104, independent.ie
  186. ^ RTÉ tributes to late Sligo colleague, Justin Nelson, sligotoday.ie
  187. ^ Tributes paid to well-known Limerick poet Barney Sheehan, rte.ie
  188. ^ The death has occurred of Liam DEVALLY, rip.ie
  189. ^ Timmy Matley death: The Overtones singer dies aged 36 after losing cancer battle
  190. ^ 'Sunday World' founder was 'a man of style' who blazed a trail in industry, independent.ie
  191. ^ 'We referred to him as the king' - tributes pour in as country music singer Big Tom dies aged 81, independent.ie
  192. ^ Sadness at death of Galway football stalwart Tommy Varden, tuamherald.ie
  193. ^ Tributes pour in for former Saw Doctor Tony Lambert who has died in Thailand, extra.ie
  194. ^ Former Fine Gael TD Monica Barnes dies aged 82
  195. ^ Death of Derry great Seamus Lagan
  196. ^ 'What a privilege to have known this amazing young man': Tributes paid to popular teen who has died aged 15
  197. ^ Doyen of Cork culture Abigail Hennessy dies
  198. ^ Former Ireland international Arthur Fitzsimons (88) dies
  199. ^ Montreal filmmaker and Gazette columnist Kevin Tierney dies at 67
  200. ^ One of the most successful jockeys in Ireland TP Burns has died
  201. ^ Fintan O'Toole: Tom Murphy documented ‘inner history of modern Ireland’
  202. ^ Noel Meade leads tributes after death of former champion jockey Joe Byrne
  203. ^ Cork poet Liam Ó Muirthile has died
  204. ^ Former Bishop of Elphin dies aged 82
  205. ^ Eddie O'Leary pays tribute to a 'huge talent' after Sir Des Champs dies pointing
  206. ^ Brendan Ingle: World champion boxing trainer dies aged 77
  207. ^ Landscape artist McSweeney dies at age of 82
  208. ^ Tributes paid to John Coolahan, the ‘father of Irish education’
  209. ^ Former FF minister of state Sean Calleary dies, aged 86
  210. ^ Louth ladies mourn untimely passing of manager Mícheál McKeown
  211. ^ Former Fair City and The Clinic actor Dubliner Stephen Swift dies aged 44
  212. ^ 'A great man who will be sadly missed' - Tributes paid to Sons of Anarchy and Fair City star Alan O'Neill
  213. ^ Martin Birrane: 1935 – 2018
  214. ^ Ballymaloe founder Myrtle Allen dies at 94
  215. ^ President pays tribute to ‘legendary’ Limerick GAA figure and former senator Rory Kiely
  216. ^ Noted Irish poet Macdara Woods dies at age 76
  217. ^ BLAYNEY, Mr. Justice John : Death notice
  218. ^ Tributes paid to former Man City goalkeeper who collapsed and died while cycling
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