11 March-John Daly, Irish Olympic Medal Winner

John Daly was a native of Galway, Ireland. He was a medal winning athlete at the 1904 Olympic Games, which were held in St Louis, United States. As a member of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) Daly represented Ireland at four International Cross Country Championships. He won three Silver team medals and a Bronze medal.

John Daly was born at Ballglunin near Tuam, Co Galway, Ireland on February 22nd 1880. The 1903 International Cross Country Championships were held at Hamilton Park, South Lanarkshire, Scotland. Daly, competing for Ireland won an individual Bronze medal and a team Silver medal. At the 1904 Olympics Daly won a Silver medal in the steeplechase. Following a successful athletics career Daly lived in New York where he became a successful businessman.

John Daly, winner of a Silver medal in the 1904 Olympics, died at the age of 89 in New York City in the year 1969 On This Day.

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John Daly 1904

Courtesy of the Chicago Historical Society.

02 March-Concorde

Concorde is supersonic passenger airplane which operated from 1976 to 2003. It was capable of flying at over twice the speed of sound (over 2,100kph). Concorde had seating for 100 passengers and could cross the Atlantic in less than half the time of other aircraft.

Concorde was jointly developed and built by aircraft manufacturers in Great Britain and France. The two countries signed a treaty establishing the project on November 29th 1962. The first development Concorde was unveiled in Toulouse on December 11th 1967. Nineteen other Concorde were built.

Air France, and British Airways purchased the Concorde aircraft. Because of the sonic boom supersonic flight was limited to ocean crossing. Commercial flights began from London and Paris in 1976 and continued for 27 years. The aircraft was retired in 2003.

Concorde, the supersonic airliner, made its ‘faultless’ maiden flight from Toulouse in the year 1969 On This Day.





30 January-The Beatles

The Beatles were a world famous rock band, formed in Liverpool, England in 1960. The band became enormously popular and is regarded as the most influential act in popular music. The band, which consisted of four members, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, became one of the most commercially successful in music history. The Beatles disbanded in 1970.

John Lennon and Paul McCartney met at a church festival in Liverpool where they were both performing. Shortly thereafter McCartney joined Lennon’s band, The Quarrymen. They became the band’s songwriters. Together they went on to become one of the most celebrated song-writing partnerships of the 20th century. The Quarrymen would eventually become the Beatles in August 1960 and would be joined by George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.

Brian Epstein discovered the Beatles and then became the manager of the band. He first saw the Beatles performing at the Cavern Club in Liverpool in November 1961. He became the manager of the band in January 1962. The song, ‘Love Me Do’ which was written by Lennon and McCartney became the Beatles first single. It was recorded in September 1962.

The Beatles made their last public appearance together, on the roof of their Apple Studios in London in the year 1969 On This Day.





30 November-Catherina McKiernan

Catherina McKiernan is an award winning long-distance runner who is a native of Cavan, Ireland. During her international athletics career she has successfully competed in World Cross Country Championships and Marathons. McKiernan retired from professional athletics in 2004 and now works as a running instructor.

Catherina McKiernan was born in Cornafean near Killashandra, Co Cavan in 1960. She was educated locally and at Loreto College Cavan. Interested in sport from a young age McKiernan won a silver medal at the World Cross Country Championships in Boston in 1992. She went on to win silver medals at the World Cross Country Championships in 1993, 1994 and 1995.

In 1997 McKiernan won the Belin Marathon. In the following year she won the London Marathon and the Amsterdam Marathon. She has won several half marathons and mini-marathons and holds the Irish national record of 2 hours 22 mins for the marathon distance.

Catherina McKiernan, award winning cross-country and marathon athlete, was born in Co Cavan in the year 1969 On This Day.





29 June-Artist’s Income Tax Exemption


In Ireland creators of works of ‘cultural or artistic merit’ are exempt from income tax in certain circumstances. The exemption applies to writers, composers, visual artists and sculptors. The exemption was introduced under the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997. It was enacted in 1969.

According to the 1977 Act, artistic work under the following headings may qualify for exemption from income tax: (a) a book or other writing; (b) a play; (c) a musical composition; (d) a painting or other like picture; (e) a sculpture.

The artist must be resident in an EU or EEA state. Payments form government bodies such as the Arts Council and advance royalties are exempt from income tax.

Ireland enacted an exemption from income tax for creators of works of ‘cultural or artistic merit’ in the year 1969 On This Day.