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13 February - The Bishop of Clonfert protests over the content of The Late Late Show, taking exception to a woman telling host Gay Byrne that she didn't wear a nightie on her wedding night.
6 March - A memorial is opened at Kilmichael, County Cork, to commemorate the 1920 ambush there.
8 March - Nelson's Pillar in O'Connell Street, Dublin, is clandestinely blown up to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising.
The Broadcasting Authority (Amendment) Act changes the name of the national broadcasting authority from Radio Éireann to Radio Telefís Éireann and its radio and television (Telefís Éireann) services both become known as RTÉ.

31 March - The tricolour flag flown over the Dublin GPO in 1916 is handed back by the British to Taoiseach Seán Lemass in London.
10 April - Celebrations take place to mark the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Nine hundred 1916 survivors hear the reading of the Proclamation and President de Valera takes the salute at a military parade.
11 April - President de Valera opens the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin's Parnell Square.
17 April - In Belfast the Easter Rising is commemorated by large republican parades.
2 June - Éamon de Valera is re-elected President of Ireland. He defeats Tom O'Higgins by 10,500, less than 1% of the vote.
25 June - President de Valera is inaugurated for a second term.
7 July - The Minister for Education, Donogh O'Malley, announces details of his free secondary education scheme.
18 July - Exactly fifteen years after being burned down, the new Abbey Theatre in Dublin opens.
21 October - An anti-apartheid demonstration takes place outside the National stadium as the South African Amateur Boxing Team visit.
8 November - Tributes are paid to Seán Lemass who announces his resignation as Taoiseach.
10 November - The new Taoiseach, Jack Lynch, and his ministers receive their seals of office from President de Valera at Áras an Uachtaráin.
25 November - The body of Seán T. O'Kelly, Second President of Ireland, lies in state at the Pro-Cathedral.

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