27 October-St Abban

St Abban’s Athletic Club is located in Co Laois about 10km (6 Miles) west of Carlow town, Ireland. St Abban (Abbán) was an abbot and Irish missionary during the 6th century AD. He was the son of King Cormac of Leinster and is particularly associated with Co Wexford.

As a youth, Abbán was sent to Wexford to study with his uncle St Ibar. Ibar was a bishop and Abbán travelled with him to Rome. Following his training Abbán established several monasteries and churches. The best known of his foundations were in Adamstown (formerly Abbanstown), Co Wexford and Killabban, Co Laois. He is also said to have founded a monastery in Nurney Co Carlow.

The Feast Day of St Abban is celebrated every year On This Day.

Relief of Saint Abban, Church of St. Mary and St. Michael, New Ross

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12 October-Columbus Day

Columbus Day is a national holiday in several countries in North and South America. It is also celebrated in Spain and Italy. The day celebrates the anniversary of the landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World. Christopher Columbus was an explorer and navigator who was a native of Genoa, Italy. He is known as ‘the man who discovered America’. He was hoping to find a new route to India when he landed in the New World on October 12th 1492. His discovery changed the course of world history.

Columbus had failed to get support from Portugal, France and England for his ‘enterprise of the Indies’. However, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain agreed to sponsor the Expedition. On August 3rd 1492 Columbus sailed from Palos de la Frontera in Southwestern Spain. Ten weeks later he landed in the Bahamas. He believed he had discovered a new route to India. He claimed all the newly discovered territories for Spain.

The first celebration of Columbus Day was held in New York City in 1792. In the same year the first monument honouring Christopher Columbus was dedicated in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1892, in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Columbus landing the original version of the Pledge of Allegiance was first recited in public schools in the United States. The celebration of Columbus Day has been opposed by various groups and organisations in recent years.

Columbus Day, on the anniversary of the landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World, is celebrated every year On This Day.

Columbus photo

 

13 September-Programmers’ Day

Programmers’ Day, also referred to as The Day of the Programmer, is celebrated on the 256th day of each year. The day celebrates the work of computer programmers and the effect their work has on our everyday lives. It was proposed by Valentin Balt and Michael Cherviakov and a decree recognising the day was signed by Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev in 2009.

The 256th day of the year was chosen as Programmers’ Day because this is the number of distinct values that can be represented with an eight-bit byte. It is also the highest power of two which is less than 365.

Programmers’ Day is celebrated every year (except Leap Years, when it is celebrated the previous day), On This Day.

International Programmers Day

23 June-Bonfire Night

Bonfires are lit in many parts of Ireland on June 23rd to celebrate St John’s Eve. Though it was once widely celebrated throughout the country, it takes place nowadays mostly in the west. Fires are lit around sunset and the evening is a festive occasion for the local community. It is believed to be an ancient pre Christian custom which celebrated the Summer Solstice.

The ancient pre Christian custom of lighting bonfires on what is now St John’s Eve occurs in many parts of Ireland every year On This Day.

Bonfire Night Buncrana

23 May-St Gobban

St Gobban was the Abbot of Old Leighlin Monastery in Co Carlow Ireland during the 6th century. He was succeeded as Abbot by his brother St Lazerian who was the first bishop of Leighlin. Today the monastery is the site of the Cathedral of St Laserian. It is one of the Church of Ireland cathedrals in the Diocese of Cashel and Ossory. St Laserian is one of the patron saints of the Roman Catholic diocese of Kildare and Leighlin.

St Gobban was born c.560 in Turvey, County Dublin. He served as Abbot of Old Leighlin until his brother, St Lazerian returned from Rome as Papal Legate. St Gobban then moved to Tascaffin, Co Limerick to live as a hermit. He is reputed to have been an architect and builder of churches and related structures, usually around a holy well. He is sometimes referred to as the Gobán Saor (highly skilled smith or architect) of 6th and 7th century Ireland.

The Feast Day of St Gobban is celebrated every year On This Day.

St Gobbans Chuch