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Temp Head - Minister For Justice Charles Haughey

* Minister For Justice Charles Haughey announces the government's intention of abolishing the death penalty.

* Galway beat Dublin in the All-Ireland Football Championship.

* The winter of 1962/1963 was the coldest for more than 200 years outstripping even 'white 1947' for bitter temperatures. It began freezing on Christmas Day until the following March.

* In June Teilifis Eireann closes down immediately after its 9 o'clock news bulletin as a mark of respect to Pope John XXIII who had just passed away.

* She Loves You by The Beatles is the biggest selling single of 1963. In November the Fab Four are quizzed about their haircuts by RTE's Frank Hall in Dublin Airport before they play the Adelphi Cinema in Abbey Street.

* Popular Films in 1963 included Cleopatra, The Longest Day, Lawrence of Arabia, and To Kill A Mockingbird

* Popular TV Programmes in 1963 were Coronation Street, The Andy Griffith Show, The Flintstones, The Avengers and The Dick Van Dyke Show

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* The highlight of RTE TV schedule for Christmas Day 1963 is Jimmy O'Dea's Christmas Show featuring Maureen Potter