2003 The Spire is erected on the former site of Nelson’s Pillar.
2002 Euro replaces the punt.
2001 Irish voters reject the European Union’s Nice Treaty in a referendum.
1976 A group of Dublin schoolboys form rock group Feedback. They soon change their name to The Hype. And later to U2...
1969 Pioneering Irish rock band Thin Lizzy was founded in a pub in Dublin by Phil Lynott and Brian Downey.
1949 At midnight 26 Irish counties officially leave the British Commonwealth. A 21-gun salute on O'Connell Bridge marks the start of the
Republic of Ireland.
1916 Easter Rebellion: Martial law in Ireland is lifted and the rebellion is officially over with the surrender of Irish nationalists to British
authorities in Dublin.
1914 Publication of Dubliners by James Joyce
1890 Oscar Wilde writes his only novel The Picture of Dorian Gray
1834 Ireland’s first railway connects Dublin and Kingstown, 6 miles away. The line is still in operation today.
1759 Guinness is first brewed. Arthur Guinness agrees rent for the brewery of 45 pounds per year… for 9000 years.
1745 Jonathan Swift donates his entire estate upon his death to found a hospital for "fools and mad".
1591 Queen Elizabeth grants a charter for Trinity College. Graduates Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift and Bram Stoker ensure it has a superb reputation for literature.
1305 Three watchmen are appointed to patrol Dublin at night. Whether they were successful is unknown.
1171 Anglo-Normans conquer Dublin after a request for help from exiled Irish king Diarmait McMurchada.
841 The Vikings found Dyflin (named after the Irish word Duibhlinn meaning black pool).