10 August-Robert Barton

Robert Barton was one of the signatories of the Anglo-Irish Treaty. In 1921, Barton together with General Michael Collins, Arthur Griffith, Éamonn Duggan and George Gavin Duffy were members of the Irish delegation which went to London to negotiate the terms of the Anglo-Irish Treaty. The Irish representatives, with plenipotentiary status, signed the Anglo-Irish Treaty on December 6th 1921.

Robert Childers Barton was born in Glendalough House, Annamoe, Co Wicklow on March 14th 1881. His great grandfather was the founder of the Langoa & Barton vineyards in France. The vineyards are still in the control of the Barton family. Another branch of the family were members of Barton & Guestier, wine shippers of Bordeaux.

Robert Barton served in the British Army. He was stationed in Dublin during the 1916 Easter Rising. After the Rising he resigned his commission and joined the Republican movement. He was elected as an MP in the 1918 General Election and in 1921 was chosen as a member of the delegation to negotiate the Anglo-Irish Treaty. When he died aged 94 he was the last surviving signatory of the Treaty.

Robert Barton, one of the five signatories of the Anglo-Irish Treaty died in Dublin in the year 1975 On This Day.


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Family of Robert Erskine Childers




09 September-Michael Bublé

Michael Bublé is a singer and songwriter who is a native of Canada. He is also an actor and record producer. Influenced by artists such as Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald, Bublé’s musical genres include, classic jazz, traditional pop, swing and blue-eyed soul. To date he is the winner of numerous awards.

Michael Steven Bublé was born in Burnaby, about 14km east of Vancouver, British Columbia in 1975. Interested in music from a young age he won the British Columbia Youth Talent Search at the age of 17. Bublé went on to gain a worldwide audience with albums such as ‘It’s Time’, ‘Crazy Love’ and ‘To Be Loved’. He is the winner of four Grammy Awards.

Michael Bublé, award winning singer from Canada, was born in the year 1975 On This Day.

Michael Bublé




31 July-Miami Showband Massacre

The Miami Showband was one of the most successful Irish bands of the showband era. During the 1960’ and 1970’s the band played to large audiences all over Ireland and had seven number one recordings in the Irish singles charts. In 1975 three members of the group, Fran O’Toole, Tony Geraghty, and Brian McCoy were murdered. They were killed by the paramilitary group, the Ulster Volunteer Force in what has become known as the ‘Miami Showband massacre’.

Showbands were popular form of entertainment in Ireland from the mid 1950’s to the late 1970’s. The showband, which played dance music together with pop, rock and roll and country music of the time, usually consisted of six or seven members. They played in large venues all over Ireland and some bands toured with success in Britain, the United States and Canada.

In 1962 the Miami Showband, led by singer Dickie Rock, was established in Dublin. Dickie Rock left the ban in 1972 and was replaced as lead singer by Fran O’Toole. In 1975 the band was returning from a performance in the Castle Ballroom in Banbridge County Down. They were stopped by gunmen at a bogus military checkpoint at Buskill near Newry, Co Down. Three members of the band were killed and two were wounded.

The Miami Showband massacre occurred in the year 1975 On This Day.


The Miami Showband



29 July-Tom Dunphy

Tom Dunphy was one of the founding members of the Royal Showband. The band was founded in Waterford in 1957. With Dunphy as leader and Brendan Bowyer as lead singer, it became the most popular band in Ireland. In 1975 Tom Dunphy was killed in a car accident in Co Leitrim. At the time he was travelling to perform at the Mary from Dungloe Festival in Co Donegal.

Following its formation the Royal Showband played at venues across Ireland and toured extensively in Great Britain and the US. It had several number one hits, the most popular of which was ‘The Hucklebuck’ in 1965. In 1970 Brendan Bowyer and Tom Dunphy left the Royal Showband to form a new band called the ‘Big 8’. The ‘Big 8’ was based primarily in Las Vegas but also toured in Ireland.

Tom Dunphy of the Royal Showband and the ‘Big 8’ died in a car crash near Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim in the year 1975 On This Day.

Waterford, Ireland


05 July-Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe was a World No. 1 tennis player. He is the only African-American male tennis player to win the United States, Wimbledon and Australian Opens. He is the first black American to be ranked number 1 tennis player in the world. Ashe was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1985.

Arthur Robert Ashe was born in Richmond, Virginia, USA on July 10th 1943. He began playing tennis at the age of seven. Ashe, in 1963, became the first African-American to be a member of the United States Davis Cup team. He played with the Davis Cup team for ten years winning in 1968, 1969 and 1970. He won the US Open in 1968, Australian Open 1970, French Open in 1970 and 1971 and Wimbledon in 1975.

In July 1979 Arthur Ashe suffered a heart attack. He had just completed a coaching session for underprivileged children in New York City. Ashe later underwent heart surgery during which he contracted HIV from a blood transfusion. He established programmes to raise awareness of, and to help fight the disease. Arthur Ashe died of Aids-related pneumonia on February 6th 1993. He was just 49 years old.

Arthur Ashe defeated fellow American Jimmy Connors to become the first African American to win a Wimbledon singles title in the year 1975 On This Day.

Arthur Ashe Monument

Arthur Ashe