25 February-Joey Dunlop

Joey Dunlop was a native of Northern Ireland. He was a world champion motorcyclist who won the TT (Tourist Trophy) Formula One world title on five consecutive occasions (1982-1986). Dunlop is widely regarded as one of the most popular and most successful motorcyclist racers of all time. He died at the age of 48 while leading a race in Tallinn, Estonia on July 2nd 2000.

William Joseph Dunlop was born in Ballymoney, Co Antrim in 1952. He began racing in 1969 and made his Isle of Man debut in 1976. He went on to win 26 races in total on the Isle of Man. He also won the Ulster Grand Prix 24 times and the North West 200 13 times. In 1986 he was awarded the MBE for his services to motorcycling. He was also awarded and OBE for his humanitarian work in 1996.

Joey Dunlop, world champion motorcyclist from Co Antrim, Northern Ireland was born in the year 1952 On This Day.

Joey Dunlop

 

08 February-Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II has reigned for longer than any other monarch in British history. In February 2017 she celebrated 65 years on the throne. Together with a full programme of engagements the Queen has also undertook many historic overseas visits. In 2011 Queen Elizabeth II became the first British Monarch to visit Ireland in 100 years.

Queen Elizabeth II was born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor in London on April 21st 1926. She became Queen, on the death of her father George VI, on February 6th 1952. At the time Elizabeth and her husband Philip were on a tour of Kenya. The couple returned to England two days later where the accession proclamation was read. The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place on June 2nd 1953. She has reigned through a time of great change. Her personal popularity and public support for the monarchy remains high.

The accession proclamation of Queen Elizabeth II was read in the year 1952 On This Day.

Queen Elizabeth II

 

 

31 March-Dermot Morgan Father Ted

Dermot Morgan was an actor and comedian who was a native of Dublin. He became famous for playing the role of Father Ted Crilly in the sitcom ‘Father Ted’.

Dermot John Morgan was born in Dublin in 1952. He was educated at Oatlands College, Stillorgan before going to University College Dublin (UCD). He graduated from UCD with a BA degree in English and Philosophy in 1974. Following graduation he began working as a teacher at St. Michael’s College, Ailesbury Road in Dublin. He left his teaching post two years later to pursue a career in comedy.

Between 1979 and 1982 Morgan regularly appeared on ‘Live Mike’ on RTE (Raidió Teilifís Éireann) where he played several comic characters. The most popular character he played was a catholic priest called Father Trendy. He later made appearances on shows such as Kenny Live. However, his comedy sketches which were at times controversial, were eventually dropped from the show. His comedy show ‘Scrap Saturday’, which began on RTE radio in 1988, became a big broadcasting success. The show lampooned several aspects of Irish life, especially its politicians. It was cancelled by RTE in 1991 much to the annoyance of Morgan.

Dermot Morgan’s big break came in 1995, when he starred in the show ‘Father Ted’ on Channel 4. ‘Father Ted’ ran for three series with a total of 25 episodes. It was also shown on RTE, Nine Network in Australia and on ABC Television. Dermot Morgan died suddenly at his home in London on February 28th 1998. He was 45 years old and had just completed the final episode in the third series of ‘Father Ted’.

Dermot Morgan was born in Dublin in the year 1952 On This Day.

Father Ted

 

 

01 March-Martin O’Neill

Martin O’Neill is the manager of the Republic of Ireland national football team. He is a native of County Derry, Northern Ireland. O’Neill began his management career in 1987. He spent most of his football playing career with Nottingham Forest Football Club in England.

Martin Hugh Michael O’Neill was born in the village of Kilrea, County Derry, Northern Ireland. He played Gaelic Football with his local club and with County Derry at under age level. He also played Gaelic Football with his school St Malachy’s College in Belfast. He was a member of the school team when the school won the MacRory Cup in 1970.

It was while at St Malachy’s that O’Neill began to earn notice as a soccer player. He played first with Rosario Football Club and later with Distillery. He played for Distillery in the Irish Cup Final in 1971 and scored twice in the game.

While playing with Distillery Football Club O’Neill was studying law at The Queen’s University of Belfast. He left to sign for Nottingham Forest in 1971. O’Neill spent ten successful years with Nottingham Forest. He later went on to play for Norwich City, Manchester City and Notts County. During his career O’Neill played on sixty four occasions for Northern Ireland. He served as captain of Northern Ireland during the 1982 World Cup in Spain.

In 1990 O’Neill moved from Grantham Town, where he had begun his management career, to High Wycombe. During his five years as manager with High Wycombe the club had great success including winning the FA trophy in 1991 and 1993. He then spent a short period as manager of Norwich before being appointed manager of Leicester City in 1995 where he stayed for five successful years. Over the following thirteen years O’Neill managed Glasgow Celtic (2000-2005), Aston Villa (2006-2010) and Sunderland (2010-2013) with great success.

Martin O’Neill, regarded as one of the most successful Irish football managers of all time, was born in the year 1952 On This Day.

Martin O’Neill

Martin O’Neill

Roy Keane photo

Martin O’Neill with Minister Paul Kehoe and Roy Keane Irish Defence Forces

 

 

25 November-The Mousetrap

The Mousetrap, which has been running continuously for over 60 years, is one of the longest running plays in history. Written by Agatha Christie it was first performed in London’s West End in 1952. The Mousetrap is a murder mystery play which is famous for ending with an unexpected twist which the audience is asked not to reveal.

Agatha Christie was born in Torquay, Devon, England on September 15th 1890. As well as being a playwright she was also a novelist and writer of short stories. In 1947 she wrote a play called Three Blind Mice. It was loosely based on the life of a boy called Dennis O’Neill who died while he was in foster care. The play was later renamed The Mousetrap and premiered at Nottingham Theatre Royal on October 6th 1952.

The Mousetrap began its run in London in the year 1952 On This Day.

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