07 July-Wayne McCullough

Wayne McCullough is an Olympic boxing champion who is a native of Northern Ireland. He had a very successful career both as an amateur and as a professional. In 1990 McCullough was the winner of a gold medal representing Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games in New Zealand. Representing Ireland at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, McCullough won a silver medal at bantamweight.

Wayne William McCullough was born in Belfast in 1970. Following a successful amateur career he turned professional in 1993. He went on to win the WBC title in 1995 and remained champion until 1997. In 2004 he changed his name by deed poll to ‘Wayne Pocket Rocket McCullough’. He became a United States citizen in 2005. McCullough retired from boxing in 2008.

Wayne McCullough, Olympic boxing champion who is a native of Northern Ireland was born in the year 1970 On This Day.




26 March-Martin McDonagh

Martin McDonagh is an award-winning author who is considered one of the most influential Irish playwrights. He is also a screenwriter and director. He was born in England to Irish parents. He holds dual citizenship for both Ireland and Britain.

Martin Faranan McDonagh was born in Camberwell, London in 1970. His father was from Connemara, Co Galway and his mother was from Easky Co Sligo. The family spent their summer holidays in Ireland. Having left school at the age of 16, McDonagh worked for time in a supermarket in London. He later worked in an administrative role for the British Department of Trade and Industry.

McDonagh’s first play ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’ was staged to critical acclaim in the Druid Theatre in Galway in 1996. It was produced on Broadway in 1998 where it was nominated for a Tony Award. McDonagh has written several other successful plays including ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’ and ‘The Lieutenant of Inishmore’.

‘Six Shooter’ was the first film written and directed by McDonagh. It won him an Academy Award for Best Live-Action Short Film of 2005. Since then other successful films have followed including ‘In Bruges’ and ‘Seven Psychopaths’. He was executive producer of the film ‘The Guard’ which was written and directed by his brother John Michael McDonagh.

In 2017 McDonagh wrote, directed and produced the film ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’. It received seven Academy Nominations and was the winner of the Award for Best Actress. The film also won three BAFTA Awards and two Golden Globe Awards.

Martin McDonagh playwright, screenwriter and director of films such as ‘In Bruges’ and ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ was born in the year 1970 On This Day.

Martin McDonagh

21 March-Ireland Wins Eurovision Song Contest

Ireland won the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in 1970. Dana won the contest, singing the ballad ‘All Kinds of Everything’. A recording of the song which was written by Derry Lindsay and Jackie Smith became an international hit. Ireland made its debut in the Eurovision in 1965. In all Ireland has won the contest on seven occasions.

Dana Rosemary Scallon was born Rosemary Brown in London in 1951. When she was five, the Brown family moved to Derry, Northern Ireland where Dana grew up. She was runner-up in the Irish National Song Contest in 1969. She won the contest in 1970. Following her win Dana represented Ireland in the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest in Amsterdam.

Dana singing ‘All Kinds of Everything’ won the Eurovision Song Contest for Ireland in the year 1970 On This Day.

Dana Scallon in 1970

Dana in 1970

Nationaal Archief, Den Haag, Rijksfotoarchief: Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederlands Fotopersbureau (ANEFO), 1945-1989 – negatiefstroken zwart/wit, nummer toegang, bestanddeelnummer 923-3512Nationaal Archief



11 November-D J Carey

Kilkenny hurler D J Carey is regarded as one of the best players ever to play the sport of hurling. He is looked on as an icon of the game. During his career he has won multiple County, Provincial and All-Ireland hurling titles. He has also been the recipient of several awards including being chosen for nine All-Star awards. Carey has been named Texaco Hurler of the Year on two occasions and in 2000 was named on the Kilkenny Hurling Team of the Century.

Denis Joseph Carey was born in Gowran Co Kilkenny in 1970. He was educated locally and received his second level education St. Kieran’s College in Kilkenny City. St Kieran’s is famed as a hurling school where Carey’s hurling skills were first developed. He won two All-Ireland Colleges’ Medals playing for St Kieran’s in 1988 and 1989.

While still a student at St Kieran’s Carey began his inter-county career playing for the Kilkenny minor hurling team in 1987. He won an All-Ireland medal with the team in 1988. He went on to win his second All-Ireland medal playing with the Kilkenny under-21 team in 1990.

Carey began playing with the Kilkenny senior team in 1989. Over the next seventeen years he made 57 appearances for his county before he retired 2006. During his senior career he won 5 All-Ireland titles, 10 Leinster titles and 4 national Hurling League titles.

D J Carey was born in the town of Gowran, Co Kilkenny in the year 1970 On This Day.

DJ Carey School of Hurling by Bernie Goldbach on 2006-07-14 12:04:44

D J Carey Kilkenny photo

Hurling action

Photo by Florian Christoph

05 October-President Nixon’s Visit to Ireland

Richard Nixon, President of the United States visited his ancestral home at Hodgestown, Timahoe Co Kildare, Ireland in October 1970. He was on a three day state visit to Ireland. Nixon had taken up office in January 1969 as the 37th President of the United States of America. It is said that he immediately began to plan a visit to Ireland in order to secure the Irish vote for his re-election. He felt he had underestimated the Irish vote when he lost to John F Kennedy in 1960.

Richard Milhous Nixon was born on January 9th 1913 in Yorba Linda, California. He qualified as a lawyer and was elected to the US. House of Representatives in November 1946. In 1950, Nixon was elected to the United States Senate. He was chosen by Dwight Eisenhower as his running mate in the election for president in 1952. He served as Vice-President for eight years under Eisenhower.

Nixon was nominated to run for President by the Republican Party but was narrowly defeated by John F. Kennedy in 1960. He was eventually elected US President in 1968. During his time as President, Nixon ended American involvement the Vietnam War, opened diplomatic relations with China and introduced several reforms in the US. He was re-elected to serve for a second term in 1972. However in 1974, following the Watergate scandal, he became the only US President in history to resign from office.

Richard Nixon’s maternal ancestors, Thomas and Sarah Milhous, left Ireland and settled in Pennsylvania in 1729.The Nixon family had always been aware of the Timahoe connection and Nixon’s aunt, Rose, visited Timahoe in 1952. In Timahoe Nixon and his wife Pat were greeted by a crowd of about 1,000 people. They were entertained by the Artane Boys Band and the President unveiled a monument. Inscribed on the monument are the words, ‘In memory of the Irish Quakers of Timahoe. Dedicated October, 1970 by Richard Milhous Nixon, President of the United States of America, whose maternal ancestors are resting here’. President Nixon’s wife Pat Nixon (nee Ryan) had visited her relatives in Robeen near Ballinrobe in County Mayo on the previous day.

President Richard Milhous Nixon visited his ancestral home near Timahoe Co Kildare in the year 1970 On This Day.

Richard Nixon by History In An Hour on 2009-01-26 20:40:12

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