21st Anniversary Gift. The Irish 10 pence cufflinks, feature the Salmon which is taken from the old folklore tales of Cu Culann and relates to the salmon of knowledge and wisdom. This year had a very low mintage of 1999 10p making these coins very rare, meaning these cufflinks are especially unique.
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Meath won the All Ireland Senior Football Champions
Cork won the All Ireland Senior Hurling Champions
Ordinary Decent Criminal
European Union bans Beef Imports from the US over the widespread use of growth hormones
The sun disappears across most of Europe during a solar eclipse in August.
At MTV Europe’s Music Awards in November, the stars come out at the Point Depot.
It is another difficult year for Irish soccer. In a two-match play-off to decide qualification for next year’s European Finals, Ireland draw 1-1 at home to Turkey and 0-0 away. Turkey go through on the ‘away goal’ rule.
Cork bids farewell to former Taoiseach Jack Lynch.
The revelations continue at Ireland’s Tribunals of Inquiry. James Gogarty is the star witness at the Flood Tribunal. There are wide-ranging accusations and denials of money being handed over for planning favours.
After he is stopped at Dublin Airport with £200,000, serious questions are also asked of official George Redmond.
1999 is also the year of the ‘Ansbacher’ revelations. A secret list of 120 account-holders’ names is contained in Tanaiste report.
Finance Minister Charlie McCreevy gets into trouble. His Budget angers single-income couples, low-paid workers, and the Opposition.
Serbs accelerate ethnic cleansing of Kosovo Albanians leading to a NATO bombing attack
January 4 – The Euro makes its debut on European financial markets.
March 31 – The Irish Land Commission is dissolved.
May 21 – Gay Byrne hosts his last Late Late Show after 37 years and is presented with a Harley by the members of U2.
May 22 – The electorate of the entire island of Ireland go to the polls to vote on the Good Friday Agreement.
May 23 – People North and South give their overwhelming support to the Good Friday Agreement. New multi party assembly in Northern Ireland meets restoring self rule after 22 years
August 11 – Ireland joins the world and watches the last solar eclipse of the millennium.
August 28 – 80,000 fans see the Robbie Williams concert at Slane Castle, County Meath.
October 12 – Peter Mandelson arrives in Belfast as the new Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
October 20 – President McAleese leads tributes to the former Taoiseach Jack Lynch who died aged 82.
November 29 – Ten designated ministers are appointed to the power-sharing Northern Ireland Assembly.
December 2 – The Irish Government ratifies changes to Articles 2 and 3 of the Constitution. Direct rule from Westminster in Northern Ireland ends.
December 13 – The first meeting of the North-South Ministerial Council takes place in Armagh.
December 31 – The last sunset of the millennium occurs at 4.41 p.m. at Dursey Head in west Cork. Ireland lights candles to mark the millennium. Dubliners get a new bridge across the Liffey. There are midnight celebrations across the world. The 20th century draws to a close. The millennium solstice at Newgrange is seen by a select few people.
Arts and literatureNovember 1 – Sligo boyband, Westlife released their first album. To date, they are the only artist to have 7 singles straight at UK number one.
Christmas number 1- I have a dream-Westlife
Basement Jaxx – Red Alert
Britney Spears – Hit Me Baby One More Time
Westlife – Flying Without Wings
Stereophonics – Pick A Part That’s New
Lauryn Hill – Ex-Factor
B*witched – Jesse Hold On
Cardigans – Erase/Rewind
Ronan Keating – When You Say Nothing At All
Fat Boy Slim – Right Here, Right Now