22 June-Kris Kristofferson

Kris Kristofferson is an internationally renowned singer-songwriter, musician and actor who is a native of America. His most famous recordings include ‘Me and Bobby McGee’ and ‘Help Me Make It Through the Night’, songs which he wrote himself. Kristofferson has also had a successful acting career. He has appeared in films such as ‘Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore’ and ‘A Star Is Born’.

Kris Kristofferson was born Kristoffer Kristofferson in Brownsville, Texas in 1936. He excelled academically and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, England. Having graduated in 1960 he had a successful career in the U.S. Army. He left the Army in 1965 to pursue a career as a songwriter. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004. He won a Golden Globe Award in 1976 for his role in the film ‘A Star is Born’.

Kris Kristofferson, internationally renowned singer-songwriter, musician and actor was born in the year 1936 On This Day.

Kris Kristofferson



20 June-John A Costello

John A Costello was a politician who served two terms as Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland between 1948 and 1957. During his time as Taoiseach Ireland was declared a republic and the economy improved. Bodies such as the Industrial Development Authority and the Board of Trade were established. Projects such as rural electrification was accelerated.

John Aloysius Costello was born in Dublin in 1891. Having qualified as a barrister he was appointed Attorney General in 1926. He was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 1932. He was elected at each subsequent election until his retirement from politics in 1969. Following his retirement he resumed his career as a barrister.

John A Costello, who served two terms as Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland between 1948 and 1957, was born in the year 1891 On This Day.

US visit of Taoiseach Costello in 1956 (cropped).jpg

John A Costello

20 June-James Clarence Mangan

James Clarence Mangan was a poet who was a native of Dublin. He is considered to be one of the greatest poets of the nineteenth century. He is best known for poems such as ‘My Dark Rosaleen’ and ‘Woman of Three Cows’. His gravestone in Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin proclaims him to be ‘Ireland’s National Poet’.

James Clarence Mangan was born in Fishamble Street Dublin on May 1st 1803. He was educated locally and studied at least three foreign languages including, German, French and Spanish. During his lifetime he worked in various jobs including as a clerk in a law office, with Ordnance Survey of Ireland and in the Library of Trinity College Dublin. His first publications, which were translations from German appeared in 1830. Most of his later works were published in the ‘Nation’ newspaper. He died of cholera in Mercer’s Hospital Dublin in 1849.

James Clarence Mangan author of poems such as ‘Dark Rosaleen’ and ‘Woman of Three Cows’, died of cholera in Mercer’s Hospital, Dublin in the year 1849 On This Day.

Memorial bust of Mangan in St. Stephen’s Green, sculpted by Oliver Sheppard

Image taken from page 6 of ‘James Clarence Mangan; his selected poems

19 June-Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi is State Counsellor (de facto Prime Minister) of Myanmar. She is the leader of the National League for Democracy which won a landslide victory in the Myanmar General Election of 2015. She has served in the role of State Counsellor since April 6th 2016. Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. She was under house arrest at the time.

Aung San Suu Kyi was born in Rangoon, Burma in 1945. Rangoon is now Yangon. Her father, Aung San, who brought about Burma’s independence from British rule, is regarded as the Father of the Nation of Myanmar. He was assassinated during the transition period, six months before independence. At the time Aung San Suu Kyi was two years old.

Suu Kyi’s mother was appointed ambassador to Delhi in 1960. Suu Kyi was educated there and later studied at Oxford University in England. She graduated from Oxford in 1967 and lived and worked in the United States, Japan and Bhutan before settling in the England. In 1988 she returned to Burma to care for her mother who was critically ill.

When Suu Kyi returned to her homeland there was major political upheaval in the country. Myanmar had been ruled by a military junta since 1962. She was one of the founders of the National League for Democracy. The aim was to establish a democracy and bring about the integration of the various ethnic groups. She led a programme of non-violent opposition to the military junta.

Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest in 1989. Her party won the 1990 election but the military refused to allow parliament to convene. She spent most of the following 21 years under house arrest. Suu Kyi was finally released in November 2010. Since then Myanmar has undergone a rapid programme of democratisation, culminating in the election of Suu Kyi as State Counsellor in 2016.

However since her election she has failed to bring about the integration of the various ethnic groups in Burma. There has been international criticism of her failure to stop the persecution of the Rohingya people in the west of Myanmar and the Kachin people in the east.

Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of Myanmar, was born in the year 1945 On This Day.

Aung San Suu Kyi i Oslo Rådhus

Aung San Suu Kyi – Visits Dublin