09 October-Nicky Byrne

Nicky Byrne is a native of Dublin, Ireland. He is best known as a member of the Irish band Westlife. Westlife was a hugely successful boyband which was active from 1998 until it disbanded in June 2012. Following his success with Westlife, Byrne has pursued a successful radio and television career.

Nicky Byrne was born Nicholas Bernard James Adam Byrne in Dublin in 1978. His father was a member of a band which helped develop Nicky’s interest in music. Nicky was also a professional footballer and played for played for the Republic of Ireland under 15, under 16 and under 18 levels.

Westlife was formed in 1998 and Nicky Byrne became one of its members. The band was enormously successful selling over 50 million records worldwide. Several of Westlife’s most successful songs were co-written by Byrne. He has also represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Nicky Byrne, member of the band Westlife, was born in the year 1978 On This Day.

Nicky Byrne

 

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08 October-Sigourney Weaver

Sigourney Weaver is an actor and film producer who is a native of the United States. She is best known for her roles in films such as ‘Alien’, ‘Ghostbusters’ and Gorillas in the Mist. The recipient of several awards she has appeared in over 60 films during her career to date.

Sigourney Weaver was born Susan Alexandra Weaver in New York in 1949. She graduated with a B.A. degree in English from Stanford University in 1972. In 1974 she was awarded a Master of Fine Arts degree by the Yale University School of Drama.

Weaver made her first appearance in a minor role in the film, Annie Hall in 1977. Two years later she achieved fame as Ellen Ripley in the film Alien. Since then she has appeared in films such as Ghostbusters, The Girl in the Park and Avatar. She has been nominated for an Academy Award on three occasions and has won two Golden Globe Awards.

Sigourney Weaver, actress and producer who starred in films such as Alien and Avatar, was born in the year 1949 On This Day.

Sigourney Weaver

 

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06 October-Maeve Kyle

Maeve Kyle is a native of Kilkenny, Ireland. In 1956 became the first female athlete to represent Ireland at the Olympic Games in Sydney. She also competed in the Rome Olympics of 1960 and the Tokyo Olympics of 1964.

During her career Kyle competed in the 100m and 200m, 400m and 800m events. She won a bronze medal in the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Dortmund in 1966. She also competed in other sports including tennis, swimming, sailing and cricket. Kyle also played hockey. She was selected to play for Ireland on 58 occasions.

Maeve Kyle, Ireland’s first female Olympian, was born in Kilkenny in the year 1928 On This Day.

Maeve Kyle

Maeve Kyle, courtesy of the BBC

 

 

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06 October-Niall Quinn

Niall Quinn is a native of Dublin. He is a former Irish international football player who played with distinction for his country. He spent most of his career playing with clubs in the English Premier League and played 92 times for his country.

Niall John Quinn was born in Dublin in 1966. Born into a sporting family he played both Gaelic games with Dublin and soccer with Manortown United. He played for Dublin in the 1983 All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship. In 1983 at age 17 he moved to London where he began his career at Arsenal. Quinn remained at Arsenal until 1990, making 67 appearances for the club and scoring 14 goals.

In 1990 Niall Quinn transferred to Manchester City. During the following six years he made 204 appearances with the club and scored 66 goals. Quinn transferred to Sunderland in 1996. He made 203 appearances for the club scoring 61 goals. Quinn played for the Republic of Ireland team on 92 occasions and scored 21 goals.

Niall Quinn, former Irish international football player, was born in Dublin in the year 1966 On This Day.

Niall Quinn

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04 October-Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston was an actor and Hollywood star who was a native of the United States. The recipient of several awards he appeared in over 100 films during his career. He is best known for his roles in films such as ‘Ben Hur’ and ‘Planet of the Apes’.

Charlton Heston was born John Charles Carter in 1923. By the time he was aged six his name appeared on census record for Roscommon County, Michigan as Charlton John Carter. He appeared in his first film as Charlton Heston in 1941. He went on to appear in films such as The Ten Commandments (1956), Ben-Hur (1959), and Planet of the Apes (1968).

For his role in Ben Hur, Heston won the Academy Award for Best Actor. He was a supporter of Dr Martin Luther King and was present at the Civil Rights March on Washington in 1963. Charlton Heston died at the age of 84 on April 5th 2008. He was commemorated on a United States postage stamp which was issued on April 11th 2014.

Charlton Heston, award winning American actor, was born in the year 1923 On This Day.

 

 

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