Irish Historical Events – May

  • 2nd May 1981 : An Aer Lingus flight scheduled to fly from Dublin to London was hijacked.
  • 10th May 1967 : Ireland applied for E.E.C membership.
  • 12th May 1950 : Irish actor Gabriel Byrne was born
  • 18th May 1950 : Sean T O’Kelly was re-elected President of Ireland.
  • 22nd May 1971 : A group of Irish women took a train to Belfast to buy Contraceptives. The sale of Contraceptives was illegal in the Republic at that time. (the train later became known as the Condom train).
  • 23rd May 1999 : The electorate of Northern Ireland and the Republic endorse the Good Friday agreement.
  • 24th May 1953 : Irish actor Pierce Brosnan later to become the James Bond film character was born.
  • 24th May 1965 : The Car Ferry service between Rosslare and Fishguard began.