39th Birthday Gift.1981 was a low mintage year for the 50p, making these cufflinks very rare.The Irish 50p Cufflinks were made as there were no other coins made that year. It means that they cufflinks, make a very unique set of cufflinks The 50p was a seven sided coin and featured the woodcock design. The coins are encased into the cufflinks and would be suitable for someone who wants something just a little bit different.
Click on the description box for more information and events from 1981!
Kerry won the All Ireland Senior Football Champions
Offaly won the All Ireland Senior Hurling Champions
Alicia Keys (Singer)
Justin Timberlake (Singer)
Britney Speaks (Singer)
Paris Hilton (Socialite)
Serena Williams (Tennis Player)
Scanning tunnelling microscope
Iran releases 52 American hostages, who had been held for 444 days
In poland Solidarity inspired popular protests and general strike lead to imposition of Marshal Law and eventual outlawing of solidarity party.
Irish Republican Army member Bobby Sands dies on May 5th while on the hunger strike, During that time Bobby Sands is elected to Westminster as the MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone.
Ronald Reagan is sworn in as President of the U.S…..there are celebrations in his ancestral birthplace in Ballyporeen, County Tipperary.
Air traffic controllers strike causing chaos in the US and The US President Ronald Reagan Fires Them
The 22nd Dail meets on June 30. Garret Fitzgerald leads a Coalition government with Michael O’Leary, the new Labour leader. They rely on the support of Independents. The government will last 8 months.
Prince Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer in St. Paul’s Cathedral, London.
The Stardust Club, Dublin: A St. Valentine’s disco turns to tragedy. 44 young people die.
Politicians and the public unite in protest when the IRFU announce plans to tour South Africa. Petitions are presented and vigils are held, but the tour goes ahead anyway.
Doireann Ni Bhriain presents the Eurovision Song Contest from the RDS in Dublin. Sheeba sing “Horoscopes” for Ireland. The contest is won by Great Britain’s Buck’s Fizz.
1981 is a year of assasination attempts. President Reagan survives in January. The Pope survives in May. Egyptian President Anwar Sadat is murdered in October.
One of Us by Abba is Christmas number 1.
Human League: Don’t you want me
Abba: Super Trouper
Rolling Stones: Start Me Up
The Blades: Ghost Of A Chance
Undertones: It’s Gonna Happen
Phil Collins: In The Air Tonight
Big Tom: Four Country Roads
Talking Heads: Once In A Lifetime
Foster and Allen: Bunch Of Thyme
Joe Dolan: It’s You, It’s You, It’s You
The Police: Invisible Sun
Queen/David Bowie: Under Pressure
Fureys/Davey Arthur: Sweet Sixteen
The Boomtown Rats, lead by Bob Geldof record ‘Banana Republic’ a song about the corruption within the Irish church and political system.