Our “Ireland in the Year…” posts are inspired by an Irish documentary television program, Reeling in the Years, which highlighted political events and cultural trends from specific years in Irish history.
To see our other Ireland in the Year posts, please click here.
Now, let’s have a look at Ireland in the year 1980…
Emerald Isle Events of 1980
In 1980, Ireland enjoyed some positive exposure, when one of the country’s talented singer/songwriters, Johnny Logan, won the prestigious Eurovision Song Contest.
His tune, “What’s Another Year?” beat out tunes from all over the globe, and it heralded Ireland’s first victory in this annual competition.
During May of 1980, a medieval work of art known as the Derrynaflan Chalice was uncovered from its hiding place in an Irish bog.
The chalice is stunning to behold, as it features elegant examples of intricate and symbolic Celtic knot work.
Believed to date back to the 8th century, this priceless artifact is a masterpiece of Insular Art.
Check out Reeling in the Years for 1980
Watching Reeling in the Years is one of the best ways to capture the essence of Ireland’s past.
This popular documentary series featured a unique style that made it very watchable. Short snippets of news, accompanied by captions and video footage, are interspersed with pop music hits of the day, as well as lighthearted commentary on trends.
Be sure to watch the YouTube clip shown below, in order to appreciate all that Reeling in the Years has to offer…
Tragedy struck in the early autumn, when the Buttevant Rail Disaster occured. This accident claimed the lives of eighteen people.
In October, two thousand men and women ran the RTE Radio 2 marathon, which was held in Dublin City.
Later in the year, social change came to the Emerald Isle, as the National (Family Planning) Act became law, allowing Emerald Isle citizens to access birth control by prescription only.
Political changes were rung in as the Irish Prime Minister of the day, Charles Haughey, met with British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, within the hallowed halls of Dublin Castle.
This marked the first visit by a British PM since Ireland achieved independence.
Hit Songs of 1980
The Irish Hit Parade was filled with unforgettable rock tunes in 1980, such as Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall and The Police’s Don’t Stand So Close to Me.
Another hit tunes for this year included the Pretenders’, Brass in Pocket, and Abba’s Super Trouper.
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