Sunday 25 September 2016

100 defining moments: Only in Ireland...

Published 24/04/2016 | 02:30

July 1985: 13 people witness a statue of Our Lady 'moving' in the small Cork village of Ballinspittle sparking nationwide phenomenon
July 1985: 13 people witness a statue of Our Lady 'moving' in the small Cork village of Ballinspittle sparking nationwide phenomenon
May 2015: Stand-off at Gorse Hill

1 January, 1934: 'Anti-jazz' march through Mohill, County Leitrim, in which demonstrators shouted "down with jazz" and "out with paganism" and called on the government to close the dance halls and ban all foreign dances in Ireland.

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8 May, 1945: On VE Day a riot breaks out among Trinity and UCD students on College Green over the burning of an Irish and British flag as students argue over Ireland's neutrality during the war.

1965: Government issue a ‘Survival in a Nuclear War’ leaflet on how to protect one’s farm and home. It advises to “turn your back to the flash and throw yourself to the ground.”

1970: Invited by the island's owner John Lennon, a group of hippies establish a commune on the island of Dorinish in Co Mayo.

22 July, 1985: 13 people witness a statue of Our Lady 'moving' in the small Cork village of Ballinspittle sparking nationwide phenomenon where people claimed to witness moving statues at several grottos around the country.

1993: A bare-chested singing group called Boyzone debut on The Late Late Show by showing off their dance moves.

October, 2010: The appearance of former Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern in a kitchen cupboard in a television ad causes widespread consternation.

May, 2015: Stand-off at Gorse Hill as the O'Donnell family fight eviction in their plush Killiney home, dividing national sympathies.

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