January/June - Ireland holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the first time.
January 7 - SinÃ©ad Bean de Valera dies in Dublin aged 96.
January 30 - Charles Haughey is brought back onto the Fianna FÃ¡il front bench.
February 18 - Aer Lingus hostesses get a new uniform.
April 17 - Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, and Our Lady of Mercy College, Carysfort, become recognised colleges of the National University of Ireland.
June 18 - Dr Danny O'Hare is made acting director of the National Institute for Higher Education, Dublin; a day later, the governing body first meets.
July 31 - Miami Showband killings: Three members of The Miami Showband, together with two paramilitaries, are killed in a Ulster Volunteer Force ambush in County Down as they return home to Dublin from playing at a dance in Banbridge.
August 29 - Ã‰amon de Valera dies in Dublin aged 92. His life has spanned the history of the Irish State: he was a leader of the Easter Rising in 1916, served as Taoiseach for 21 years and President for a further 14. The government announces a day of mourning.
October 3 - Dutch industrialist Dr. Tiede Herrema, who owns a factory in Limerick, is kidnapped.
October 12 - Oliver Plunkett, the 17th-century Archbishop of Armagh, is canonised by Pope Paul VI in Rome.
October 21 - Dr. Tiede Herrema is located with his kidnappers in Monasterevin, County Kildare.
November 18 - The Tiede Herrema kidnap siege ends.
December 28 - George Best plays a League of Ireland match for Cork Celtic against Drogheda.