1896 in the United Kingdom
Other events of 1896
List of years in Ireland
Events from the year 1896 in Ireland.
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February – The Broighter Gold hoard of prehistoric objects is discovered near Limavady by Tom Nicholl while ploughing.
16 May – The first electric tram runs on the Dublin tramways system.
28 March – Tom Gallaher incorporates the Gallaher tobacco business and opens the world’s largest tobacco factory in Belfast.
James Connolly founds the Irish Republican Socialist Party.
John Dillon assumes the leadership of the anti-Parnellite wing of the Home Rule Party.
An extension is made to Arthur Balfour’s Land Act. 1,500 bankrupt estates are made available for sale to tenants.
Ireland’s first motor vehicle laws are introduced.
Restoration of the Church of Ireland’s Kildare Cathedral is completed.
Arts and literature
20 April – First cinema show in Ireland, at Dan Lowry’s Star of Erin Variety Theatre in Dublin.
The lyrics of The Mountains of Mourne are written by Percy French with Dr. W. Houston Collision.
Charles Villiers Stanford’s comic opera Shamus O’Brien is first performed.
February: Tim O’Brien becomes the first Irish captain of the England cricket team in a match won against South Africa at Port Elizabeth
29 February Wales 6 – 1 Ireland (in Wrexham)
7 March Ireland 0 – 2 England (in Belfast)
28 March Ireland 3 – 3 Scotland (in Belfast)
Winners: Distillery 3 – 1 Glentoran
The Championships, Wimbledon
Harold Mahony wins the gentleman’s singles Championship
John Pius Boland wins gold medals in the men’s singles and doubles at the first modern Summer Olympics in Athens (Greece)
15 February – Arthur Shields, actor (died 1970).
March – Martin Joseph Sheehan, soldier and Royal Air Service Observer in World War I, killed in action (died 1918).
4 April – Sir Osmond Esmonde, 12th Baronet, diplomat and politician (died 1936).
24 April – F. R. Higgins, poet and th