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#1986

# 1986 - Wednesday 11 October, 2017

Stunning scenes as USA sensationally fail to reach World Cup for first time since 1986
# Upset
From The42
# Upset

Stunning scenes as USA sensationally fail to reach World Cup for first time since 1986

Oct 11th 2017, 3:19 AM 16,079 Views 22 Comments

Bruce Arena’s side suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Trinidad and Tobago.

# 1986 - Saturday 21 January, 2017

The night Peter Robinson and a gang of masked loyalists invaded a Co Monaghan village
# The Clontibret Affair
# The Clontibret Affair

The night Peter Robinson and a gang of masked loyalists invaded a Co Monaghan village

Jan 21st 2017, 10:00 PM 53,962 Views 54 Comments

The incursion terrorised a village – and later criminal charges threatened to derail the future first minister’s career.

# 1986 - Tuesday 3 January, 2017

1938 Ireland: Post office clerk fired after £10 disappeared and he bought new suits and a bicycle
# State Papers
# State Papers

1938 Ireland: Post office clerk fired after £10 disappeared and he bought new suits and a bicycle

Jan 3rd 2017, 7:30 PM 23,243 Views 13 Comments

Pearoid was paid £2.5.6 a week, with his lodging costing £1.2.6 a week.

The government brought in word processors in the 1980s - and civil servants weren't too happy
# Word Processing Problems
# Word Processing Problems

The government brought in word processors in the 1980s - and civil servants weren't too happy

Jan 3rd 2017, 7:00 PM 15,738 Views 22 Comments

One civil servant had to routinely work through lunch and late in the day to catch up on work.

Irish ambassador said Russians blaming Chernobyl staff was a 'typical Soviet tactic'
# Taking Responsibility
# Taking Responsibility

Irish ambassador said Russians blaming Chernobyl staff was a 'typical Soviet tactic'

Jan 3rd 2017, 6:30 AM 10,891 Views 18 Comments

Nuclear fallout and Soviet scepticism feature in official Irish state papers on the Chernobyl disaster.

# 1986 - Monday 2 January, 2017

The Government opposed giving any special money to help people left devastated by Hurricane Charley
# 1986 State Papers
# 1986 State Papers

The Government opposed giving any special money to help people left devastated by Hurricane Charley

Jan 2nd 2017, 6:00 PM 14,795 Views 21 Comments

Hurricane Charley swept across numerous counties in 1986 but Wicklow suffered the most.

# 1986 - Sunday 1 January, 2017

The secret songs, pleading letters, and big name snubs of Ireland's plans to entertain Ronald Reagan
# Let Me Entertain You
From The Daily Edge
# Let Me Entertain You

The secret songs, pleading letters, and big name snubs of Ireland's plans to entertain Ronald Reagan

Jan 1st 2017, 4:00 PM 16,587 Views 10 Comments

Brendan Grace and Phil Coulter both wanted a piece of the pie.

'Doomed to live alone': Mother pleads with Garret FitzGerald for divorce referendum
# Divorce Referendum
# Divorce Referendum

'Doomed to live alone': Mother pleads with Garret FitzGerald for divorce referendum

Jan 1st 2017, 1:00 PM 13,439 Views 22 Comments

The 27-year-old woman said Irish people should be given the opportunity to have a say in “their own destiny”.

Ireland's death penalty was a 'quaint throwback' but not everyone wanted to get rid of it
# 1986 State Paprs
# 1986 State Paprs

Ireland's death penalty was a 'quaint throwback' but not everyone wanted to get rid of it

Jan 1st 2017, 8:00 AM 17,831 Views 58 Comments

Thirty years ago, there were some political considerations.

Ireland risked a PR disaster by billing for post mortems following the Air India 747 bombing
# Flight 182
# Flight 182

Ireland risked a PR disaster by billing for post mortems following the Air India 747 bombing

Jan 1st 2017, 6:30 AM 23,217 Views 3 Comments

The bombing of Air India Flight 182 off the coast of Cork in June 1985 dropped Ireland into the middle of a humanitarian disaster recovery operation.

# 1986 - Saturday 31 December, 2016

1984: Letters from UK praise Irish people for their 'warm humanity' and generosity after Band Aid
# State Papers
# State Papers

1984: Letters from UK praise Irish people for their 'warm humanity' and generosity after Band Aid

Dec 31st 2016, 10:15 PM 17,747 Views 34 Comments

One woman in England said it was a shame that FitzGerald was not their Prime Minister.

'Play your war games somewhere else': Anger as submarines caused havoc for Irish fishing industry in 1986
# War Games
# War Games

'Play your war games somewhere else': Anger as submarines caused havoc for Irish fishing industry in 1986

Dec 31st 2016, 10:00 PM 15,646 Views 4 Comments

A number of incidents involving Irish trawlers and foreign submarines were reported in 1986.

30 years ago most Irish people wanted garda killers to be executed
# Getting Rid Of The Gallows
# Getting Rid Of The Gallows

30 years ago most Irish people wanted garda killers to be executed

Dec 31st 2016, 9:45 PM 8,266 Views 47 Comments

The death penalty wasn’t abolished in Ireland until 1990.

Ireland tried to ban smoking in public in 1986 - and Big Tobacco was not impressed
# Lovely Fags Ban
# Lovely Fags Ban

Ireland tried to ban smoking in public in 1986 - and Big Tobacco was not impressed

Dec 31st 2016, 8:15 PM 13,821 Views 16 Comments

1986 saw government health warnings introduced on tobacco products in Ireland for the first time.

Government urged to help free priest charged with murder of Filipino mayor
# Padre Free-o
# Padre Free-o

Government urged to help free priest charged with murder of Filipino mayor

Dec 31st 2016, 7:30 PM 9,962 Views 2 Comments

Fr Niall O’Brien was arrested in 1983 over the death of a local politician.

Aran sweaters, Avoca rugs and Waterford Crystal Statue of Liberty: Gifts Taoiseach gave Ronald Reagan
# There You Go
# There You Go

Aran sweaters, Avoca rugs and Waterford Crystal Statue of Liberty: Gifts Taoiseach gave Ronald Reagan

Dec 31st 2016, 7:00 PM 8,286 Views 4 Comments

Reagan said the Waterford Crystal Statue of Liberty would be displayed permanently in the Statue of Liberty Museum.

'It outsold U2' - an album of Bosco songs was one of RTÉ's biggest hits in 1984
# Hello Boys And Girls
From The Daily Edge
# Hello Boys And Girls

'It outsold U2' - an album of Bosco songs was one of RTÉ's biggest hits in 1984

Dec 31st 2016, 4:00 PM 11,299 Views 28 Comments

Did you have Bosco Sings in your house?

'Sell water to Saudi Arabia and turf to England': A Londoner's advice to Garret FitzGerald
# What's The Big Idea?
# What's The Big Idea?

'Sell water to Saudi Arabia and turf to England': A Londoner's advice to Garret FitzGerald

Dec 31st 2016, 3:00 PM 11,333 Views 12 Comments

William Long, from Essex, wrote to the then Taoiseach with his plans for Irish trade.

# 1986 - Friday 30 December, 2016

1986: The levels of radioactive material in Irish water, milk and vegetables following Chernobyl
# Sudden Spike
# Sudden Spike

1986: The levels of radioactive material in Irish water, milk and vegetables following Chernobyl

Dec 30th 2016, 6:00 PM 14,435 Views 18 Comments

Arrangements were made to impound any produce which showed unacceptable levels of contamination.

1986: Mother of four abused by husband writes letter to Taoiseach outlining need for divorce
# State Papers
# State Papers

1986: Mother of four abused by husband writes letter to Taoiseach outlining need for divorce

Dec 30th 2016, 1:00 PM 19,097 Views 32 Comments

“God never intended continual punishment for one mistake.”

Irish politicians really wanted Bob Geldof to win the Nobel Peace Prize
# 1986
# 1986

Irish politicians really wanted Bob Geldof to win the Nobel Peace Prize

Dec 30th 2016, 11:21 AM 9,008 Views 31 Comments

It didn’t happen for Bob though.

A Donegal child wrote a letter to Garret FitzGerald in 1984 having a sly dig at Charlie Haughey
# Pen Pals
From The Daily Edge
# Pen Pals

A Donegal child wrote a letter to Garret FitzGerald in 1984 having a sly dig at Charlie Haughey

Dec 30th 2016, 9:30 AM 15,725 Views 9 Comments

“I don’t like the way Charlie is doing it”.

Government investigated whether Josef Mengele spent time in Ireland after World War II
# 1986 State Papers
# 1986 State Papers

Government investigated whether Josef Mengele spent time in Ireland after World War II

Dec 30th 2016, 7:15 AM 17,503 Views 11 Comments

The Nazi war criminal was suspected to have spent six weeks in Ireland under an assumed name

'A punishment from God's own hand' - the Irish got Biblical in their objections to 1985's contraception law
# Divine Argument
# Divine Argument

'A punishment from God's own hand' - the Irish got Biblical in their objections to 1985's contraception law

Dec 30th 2016, 6:45 AM 15,366 Views 101 Comments

The 1985 Family Planning Act saw contraceptives made legal for over-18s without a prescription from selected outlets for the first time.

Government considered using 'AIDS argument' in David Norris gay rights case
# Norris V Ireland
# Norris V Ireland

Government considered using 'AIDS argument' in David Norris gay rights case

Dec 30th 2016, 6:45 AM 21,542 Views 50 Comments

In battling David Norris’ claims that Irish homosexuality laws were in breach of his human rights, the government was considering all kinds of defences.

# 1986 - Sunday 3 January, 2016

Enda fan wrote to 1986 Taoiseach to say people in the west happy with Kenny's latest appointment
# Well Pleased
# Well Pleased

Enda fan wrote to 1986 Taoiseach to say people in the west happy with Kenny's latest appointment

Jan 3rd 2016, 10:33 AM 510 Views 1 Comment

The letter was sent from Drimnagh in Dublin.

# 1986 - Thursday 11 December, 2014

Take 4: Homes for every budget around Ireland
# Cutting Your Cloth
# Cutting Your Cloth

Take 4: Homes for every budget around Ireland

Dec 11th 2014, 11:52 AM 2,737 Views 1 Comment

Here is our pick of properties from €250,000… up to €1 million.

# 1986 - Tuesday 15 July, 2014

So just how young is the country's youngest junior minister?... The Edge has hats that are older
# Simon Harris
# Simon Harris

So just how young is the country's youngest junior minister?... The Edge has hats that are older

Jul 15th 2014, 9:47 PM 35,445 Views 56 Comments

At 27, Simon Harris is now our most senior junior minister. Makes you wonder what you’ve been doing with your life, doesn’t it?

# 1986 - Sunday 13 July, 2014

5 memorable past Germany-Argentina clashes
# Looking Back
From The42
# Looking Back

5 memorable past Germany-Argentina clashes

Jul 13th 2014, 12:05 AM 3,335 Views 3 Comments

This is the third consecutive World Cup in which the sides have met.

# 1986 - Saturday 28 January, 2012

On this date: Challenger space shuttle explodes after take-off
# Anniversary
# Anniversary

On this date: Challenger space shuttle explodes after take-off

Jan 28th 2012, 2:37 PM 4,058 Views 7 Comments

It was on this day in 1986 that the space shuttle exploded just 73 seconds into its launch from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. All seven crewmembers were killed.

# 1986 - Monday 28 March, 2011

A Bluffer's Guide to ... Uruguay
# Who Are Ya
From The42
# Who Are Ya

A Bluffer's Guide to ... Uruguay

Mar 28th 2011, 3:43 PM 399 Views 0 Comments

We give you a few tidbits on Ireland’s opposition so that you won’t be stuck for something intelligent to say in the pub tomorrow evening.