12 June-Gregory Peck

Gregory Peck was an actor and Hollywood star who was a native of the United States. The recipient of several awards, he appeared in over 50 films during his career. He is best known for his roles in films such as ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, ‘How the West Was Won’, ‘The Omen’ and ‘The Boys from Brazil’.

Eldred Gregory Peck was born on April 5, 1916, in San Diego, California on April 5th 1916. Of Irish ancestry, he was related to Thomas Ashe who played a major part in the 1916 Easter Rising. Peck, who once considered entering the priesthood, enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley as a medical student in 1934. At Berkeley he appeared in several plays in the university’s Little Theatre. He became interested in acting and left University to study acting in New York.

In 1944 Peck’s first film, ‘Days of Glory’ was released. During his career he went on to appear in over 50 films and was nominated on five occasions for an Academy Award. He was awarded the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1963 for his role in the film ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. Peck was the recipient of many other awards including several Golden Globe awards. He was a founding patron of the University College Dublin School of Film and was made a Doctor of Letters by the National University of Ireland in 2000.

Gregory Peck, award winning actor who is best known for his role as Atticus Finch in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, died aged 87 in the year 2003 On This Day.

Gregory Peck

Gregory Peck

20 January-Tony O’Malley

Tony O’Malley was an artist who was a native of Co Kilkenny, Ireland. His father was from Clare Island off the Mayo coast. O’Malley was born in Callan Co Kilkenny in 1913. After completing education he began working with the Munster and Leinster Bank now part of Allied Irish Bank (AIB). Whilst working at the bank he began drawing and painting as a hobby.

In the 1940’s O’Malley contracted TB which gave rise to long periods of hospitalisation. He began painting in earnest while in convalescence. When he returned to bank work, he continued to paint and in 1951 he held the first exhibition of his work.

In 1958 O’Malley, who was by then an entirely self-taught artist, retired from the bank to paint full time. He had visited St Ives in Cornwall, then an important centre for abstract artists, on a number of occasions during the 1950’s. He settled in St Ives in 1960 in the company of many leading artists of the day. The Arts Council of Great Britain provided subsidised studios and accommodation in St Ives for artists allowing them to concentrate on their work. Tony O’Malley was a beneficiary of the scheme. Now O’Malley’s former home and the shop his parents owned in Callan has been transformed by his wife into a residence where artists can work and live.

Whilst living in St Ives, O’Malley met Canadian artist Jane Harris. They married in 1973 and began to live both in the Bahamas and Callan. In 1990 they made Ireland their home and by then O’Malley was one of the major figures in Irish contemporary art. President Mary Robinson conferred on him the title of Saoí of Aosdana in 1993. In 1994, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Trinity College, Dublin.

Tony O’Malley, who is regarded as one of Ireland’s leading painters, died at the age of 89 in the year 2003 On This Day.


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12 January-Maurice Gibb

Maurice Gibb CBE together with his brothers Robin and Barry formed the pop group The Bee Gees. The group, which was formed in 1958, became one of the world’s best-selling and most successful music groups of all time.

Maurice Ernest Gibb and his twin brother Robin Hugh Gibb were born on December 22nd 1949 in Douglas Isle of Man. When Maurice was four years old the Gibb family moved to Manchester in 1955. Always interested in music and singing, the Gibb brothers began performing in public from an early age. Following the formation of the Bee Gees, Maurice, a singer and songwriter, played both guitar and keyboard.

The Bee Gees had their first international hit in 1967. During the 1970’s they enjoyed success with songs such as ‘Staying Alive’ and ‘How Deep Is Your Love’. The three brothers continued to record and perform until Maurice died in Miami Beach, Florida in 2003.

Maurice Gibb CBE died at the age of 53 in the year 2003 On This Day.




06 December-Rosanna Davison

Rosanna Davison was the winner of the Miss World title in 2003. An actress, singer and model Davison is a native of Dublin, Ireland. She is the daughter internationally famous musician Chris de Burgh. Since winning the competition Davison has been involved in several high profile events. She actively promotes a healthy lifestyle and currently highlights the benefits of a vegan diet.

Rosanna Diane Davison was born in Dublin on April 17th 1984. She completed her Leaving Certificate in 2002 and graduated with a BA in Sociology and Art History from University College Dublin in 2006. The 2003 Miss World contest was held at the Crown of Beauty Theatre in Sanya, China PR. Having been crowned Miss Ireland at the age of 19, Davison competed against 106 contestants from around the world to win the title.

Rosanna Davison was crowned Miss World in the year 2003 On This Day.

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02 November-Christabel Bielenberg

Christabel Bielenberg lived most of her life at Munny House near Tullow Co Carlow, Ireland. During World War II she lived with her husband Peter in Germany. She wrote two books, ‘The Past is Myself’ about her life under the Nazis and ‘The Road Ahead’ about life in Ireland. Though ‘The Past is Myself’ was published in 1968 it did not become a bestseller until 1988 when it was made into a television drama starring Elizabeth Hurley.

Christabel Bielenberg, whose parents were Irish, was born Christabel Mary Burton in Totteridge, Hertfordshire, England on June 18th 1909. She was educated at St Margaret’s School, Bushey, Hertfordshire. She won a scholarship to Oxford but opted instead to go to Hamburg in Germany to study music. While there she met law student Peter Bielenberg. They married in 1934.

The Bielenbergs were opposed to Nazism. Following the failed attempt to assassinate Hitler in 1944 Peter was imprisoned in Ravensbrook Concentration Camp. Christabel pleaded her husband’s case to the Gestapo. He was released to a punishment camp but they managed to escape to the Black Forest in southwest Germany. They lived there for the remainder of the war.

In 1948 the Bielenberg family settled in Tullow, County Carlow where they bought a farm. They succeeded in making their farm a commercial success and played an important role in the local community. Some of the children of their German friends, who had lost their lives because of their opposition to the Nazis, spent their holidays on Munny farm. Christabel was made a Commander of the German Federal Order of Merit was awarded a Gold Medal of Merit by the European Parliament

Christabel Mary Bielenberg died at the age of 94 at her home in Tullow, Co Carlow, Ireland in the year 2003 On This Day.

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