What have the Irish ever done for us?

What have the Irish ever done for us?

FOR centuries the Irish have had an impact on the world far beyond what you would expect for a tiny nation on the edge of Europe. In What have the Irish ever done for us?...

T.P. O’Connor – A giant of journalism

A GIANT of London's Fleet Street, a pioneer of 'New Journalism' and the longest serving MP in the British House of Commons, Athlone man...

Republic declared

#OTD in 1949 The Irish Republic is officially declared as the country leaves the British Commonwealth. Fascinating stories of Irish success and ingenuity - What...
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Spike Milligan – Make ’em laugh

Born #OTD in 1918, Terence Alan “Spike” Milligan. Comedy legend. Fascinating stories of Irish success and ingenuity - What have the Irish ever done for...

Hans Sloane – Drinking Chocolate

Born #OTD in 1660 in Killyleagh, County Down, the venerable Sir Hans Sloane was founder of the British Museum in London and the the...

Aer Lingus – the national airline

#OTD in1936 Aer Lingus, Ireland's national airline was founded. The first service flew from Baldonnel Airfield near Dublin in May of that year to...
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Handel’s Messiah

#OTD in 1742 George Frideric Handel's Messiah was performed for the first time in Dublin.   Fascinating stories of Irish success and ingenuity - What have...

Seamus Heaney – Nobel prize-winning poet

Born #OTD in Co. Derry in 1939, Seamus Heaney forged a remarkable career as a poet and academic and was probably during his lifetime...

Samuel Beckett – Waiting for Godot

Born #OTD in 1906, Samuel Beckett ranks as one of the most influential playwrights in history and having spent much of his life in...

Thomas D’Arcy McGee – Father of Confederation

Born #OTD in Carlingford Co. Louth in 1825, Thomas D'Arcy McGee was a giant of early Canadian politics, sometimes described as “the first Canadian...