January 5 - Former Taoiseach, John A. Costello, dies in Dublin aged 84.
March 18 - Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave and Mrs Cosgrave are greeted by President Gerald Ford and Mrs Betty Ford at the White House.
March 31 - "Sallins Train Robbery": A large quantity of money is stolen from a CIÃ‰ train at Sallins, County Kildare.
April 3 - The last passenger train runs on the Limerick-Claremorris line ending an 80-year-north-south link along the western seaboard.
May 17 - Tim Severin in the boat Brendan sets off from Dingle to America, tracing the route of the legendary 6th-century Irish monk Brendan.
June 29 - The highest temperature record in Ireland this century, 32.5C (90.5F) at Boora, Offaly. The highest on record was in 1887.
July 15 - Four prisoners escape when bombs explode in the Special Criminal Court, Dublin.
July 21 - Christopher Ewart-Biggs, UK ambassador, and a civil servant, Judith Cooke, are killed by a landmine at Sandyford, Co. Dublin.
September 23 - The President, Cearbhall Ã“ DÃ¡laigh, consults with the Council of State for four hours on whether to refer the Emergency Powers legislation to the Supreme Court.
September 25 - The band U2 is formed at Mount Temple Comprehensive School, Dublin.
October 22 - President Cearbhall Ã“ DÃ¡laigh resigns following the 'thundering disgrace' remark from the Minister for Defence, Paddy Donegan.
October 27 - A new Â£5 note is introduced with the image of the 9th-Century philosopher Johannes Scotus Eriugena.
November 20 - National Peace Day is marked with marches, church services and bell ringing.
December 3 - Patrick Hillery is inaugurated as the sixth President of Ireland in St. Patrick's Hall, Dublin Castle.
December 10 - Betty Williams and Mairead Corrigan win the Nobel Peace Prize.