1940 in Ireland

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Other events of 1940
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Events from the year 1940 in Ireland.



Arts and literature[edit]

  • 10 June – Christine Longford's historical play Lord Edward is premiered at the Gate Theatre, Dublin.[7]
  • 5 August – George Shiels' play The Rugged Path is premiered at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.[7]
  • 4 October – Brian O'Nolan's first "Cruiskeen Lawn" humorous column is published in The Irish Times; from the second column he uses the pseudonym 'Myles na gCopaleen'. The original columns are composed in Irish. He continues writing the column until the year of his death, 1966.
  • October – The Bell, a liberal monthly magazine of literature and social comment, is established in Dublin by Peadar O'Donnell under the editorship of Seán Ó Faoláin.
  • Seán Ó Faoláin publishes his travelogue An Irish Journey and novel Come Back to Erin.
  • Cecil Day-Lewis publishes Poems in Wartime and his translation of The Georgics of Virgil.[8]
  • Louis MacNeice's poetry collection The Last Ditch (including "The Coming of War" sequence) is published by Cuala Press in Dublin.[8]
  • Ewart Milne's poetry collection Letter from Ireland is published in Dublin.



League of Ireland
Winners: St James' Gate
Winners: Shamrock Rovers 3–0 Sligo Rovers.





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  2. ^ Wills, Clair (2007). That Neutral Island. London: Faber. ISBN 9780571221059. 
  3. ^ "Three Irish Girls Killed By German Bombs". The Irish Times. 27 August 1940. 
  4. ^ "German Compensation for Bombing at Campile". The Irish Times. 14 February 1946. 
  5. ^ Bourke, Marcus (1993). Murder at Marlhill: Was Harry Gleeson innocent?. Dublin: Geography Publications. ISBN 0-906602-23-8. 
  6. ^ "Bombs Fall in County Dublin". The Irish Times. 21 December 1940. 
  7. ^ a b "Playography Ireland". Dublin: Irish Theatre Institute. Retrieved 2015-04-05. 
  8. ^ a b Cox, Michael, ed. (2004). The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-860634-6.