22 June-Kris Kristofferson

Kris Kristofferson is an internationally renowned singer-songwriter, musician and actor who is a native of America. His most famous recordings include ‘Me and Bobby McGee’ and ‘Help Me Make It Through the Night’, songs which he wrote himself. Kristofferson has also had a successful acting career. He has appeared in films such as ‘Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore’ and ‘A Star Is Born’.

Kris Kristofferson was born Kristoffer Kristofferson in Brownsville, Texas in 1936. He excelled academically and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, England. Having graduated in 1960 he had a successful career in the U.S. Army. He left the Army in 1965 to pursue a career as a songwriter. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004. He won a Golden Globe Award in 1976 for his role in the film ‘A Star is Born’.

Kris Kristofferson, internationally renowned singer-songwriter, musician and actor was born in the year 1936 On This Day.

Kris Kristofferson



21 June-Jean-Paul Sartre

Jean-Paul Sartre was a native of France. He was an author, philosopher and literary critic. He was one of the leading philosophers of the 20th century and one of the main figures in the philosophy of existentialism. His most famous plays include Les Mouches (The Flies) and Huis Clos (No Exit). Sartre was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1964 but he refused to accept it.

Jean-Paul Sartre, author, philosopher and literary critic was born in Paris, France in the year 1905 On This Day.

Jean-Paul Sartre, painted portrait

Sartre and de Beauvoir




20 June-John A Costello

John A Costello was a politician who served two terms as Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland between 1948 and 1957. During his time as Taoiseach Ireland was declared a republic and the economy improved. Bodies such as the Industrial Development Authority and the Board of Trade were established. Projects such as rural electrification was accelerated.

John Aloysius Costello was born in Dublin in 1891. Having qualified as a barrister he was appointed Attorney General in 1926. He was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 1932. He was elected at each subsequent election until his retirement from politics in 1969. Following his retirement he resumed his career as a barrister.

John A Costello, who served two terms as Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland between 1948 and 1957, was born in the year 1891 On This Day.

US visit of Taoiseach Costello in 1956 (cropped).jpg

John A Costello

20 June-James Clarence Mangan

James Clarence Mangan was a poet who was a native of Dublin. He is considered to be one of the greatest poets of the nineteenth century. He is best known for poems such as ‘My Dark Rosaleen’ and ‘Woman of Three Cows’. His gravestone in Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin proclaims him to be ‘Ireland’s National Poet’.

James Clarence Mangan was born in Fishamble Street Dublin on May 1st 1803. He was educated locally and studied at least three foreign languages including, German, French and Spanish. During his lifetime he worked in various jobs including as a clerk in a law office, with Ordnance Survey of Ireland and in the Library of Trinity College Dublin. His first publications, which were translations from German appeared in 1830. Most of his later works were published in the ‘Nation’ newspaper. He died of cholera in Mercer’s Hospital Dublin in 1849.

James Clarence Mangan author of poems such as ‘Dark Rosaleen’ and ‘Woman of Three Cows’, died of cholera in Mercer’s Hospital, Dublin in the year 1849 On This Day.

Memorial bust of Mangan in St. Stephen’s Green, sculpted by Oliver Sheppard

Image taken from page 6 of ‘James Clarence Mangan; his selected poems