27 August-Brian Epstein

Brian Epstein discovered the Beatles and then became the manager of the band. He first saw the Beatles performing at the Cavern Club in Liverpool in November 1961. He became the manager of the band in January 1962. Epstein was also the manager of Gerry and the Pacemakers and Cilla Black.

Brian Epstein was born in Liverpool on September 19th 1934. He worked in fathers business and was managing a music store when he first saw the Beatles performing. Though initially unsuccessful he eventually secured recording contracts for the band. The Beatles became enormously popular and are regarded as the most influential act in popular music.

Brian Epstein died at the age of 32 in the year 1967 On This Day

Brian Epstein by cdrummbks on 2012-09-13 16:53:37

 

THE CAVERN CLUB… LIVERPOOL. by ronsaunders47 on 2011-12-03 12:47:05

27 August-Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe

Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe is the national Irish language theatre of Ireland. The theatre is based in Galway city. The word Taibhdhearc is derived from combining the Irish words ‘taibhse’ and ‘dearc’. ‘Taibhse’ means spectacle or ghost, and ‘dearc’ means behold or look.

Work began on the development of an Irish language theatre in Galway in 1918. However it was not until 1927 that a committee was formed for the establishment of the theatre. At that time Irish language theatre was administered by the Department of Education in Dublin. The new committee in Galway sought a grant from the Government. The Minister for Finance at the time, Ernest Blythe, was keen to support the initiative and made a grant of £600 available to the committee in 1928.

The Augustinian Hall in Middle Street which is located in the medieval area of Galway was hired by the committee in 1928. Converting the hall to a theatre, which could seat over 200, was carried out by committee members and local supporters. The first production was Micheál Mac Liammóir’s, Diarmuid agus Gráinne in 1928. During the following decades the theatre successfully produced plays which had been written in the Irish language by various authors. Plays were also produced which had been translated into Irish from various other languages. Well-known actors like Mick Lally from Toormakeady in Co Mayo began their careers in An Taibhdhearc.

The theatre was damaged in a fire in 2007. It has since been renovated and is now a modern theatre with seating for almost 150 people. It plays host to several drama and music productions during the year.

Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe first opened its doors with a production of Diarmuid agus Gráinne in the year 1928 On This Day.

St. Nicholas’ Church, Galway, 1890(?) by National Library of Ireland on The Commons on 1890-01-01 00:00:00

Eyre Square, Galway by National Library of Ireland on The Commons on 1885-01-01 00:00:00

Halloween in Galway. by young shanahan on 2013-10-27 00:23:19

26 August-Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa was a Loreto Sister. She did part of her training at Loreto Abbey in Rathfarnham in Dublin, Ireland. Having been a Loreto nun for 20 years she founded the Roman Catholic order of nuns known as the Missionaries of Charity. Today the order has over 4,500 sisters in centres around the globe. In October 2003 the title ‘Blessed’ was bestowed on Mother Teresa.

Blessed Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in the Republic of Macedonia in 1910. In 1928 she moved to Dublin to join the Sisters of Loreto at Loreto Abbey in Rathfarnham. She continued her training in India and on May 24th 1931 took her religious vows as a nun. Sister Teresa, as she was then known, taught at the school of the Loreto Order in Calcutta until 1948.

Having experienced what she called ‘the call within the call’ Sister Teresa began devoting herself to caring for the sick and the poor in 1948. She founded the Missionaries of Charity and became known as Mother Teresa of Calcutta. The Missionaries of Charity order is now active in over 130 countries caring for the sick and the poor. Mother Teresa has been the recipient of several awards, including the Nobel peace prize in 1979. She died in Calcutta at the age of 87 on September 5th 1997.

Mother Teresa was born in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia in the year 1910 On This Day.

 Mother Teresa by leprosymissionie on 2014-12-04 04:29:51

Mother-Teresa-collage by @Peta_de_Aztlan on 2009-04-26 12:25:29

26 August-Campile Co Wexford Bombed by Luftwaffe

The village of Campile lies about 14 km to the South of New Ross in Co Wexford, Ireland. The German Luftwaffe bombed Campile during World War II. The bombing killed three people, injured several others and caused widespread destruction. Campile, which today has a population of around 350, became the first place in Ireland to be bombed by the Luftwaffe.

Around lunchtime on the day of the bombing two aircraft were seen flying in over Carnsore Point, Co Wexford. The planes then travelled west following the railway line from Rosslare to Waterford. One plane turned south and dropped a bomb in a field but the other plane continued on to Campile. Shortly before 2pm the plane dropped three bombs. One bomb hit the railway line, damaging it severely. A second bomb hit the creamery and restaurant of the local Shelburne Co-op. Another bomb landed on a grain store close to petrol pumps but did not explode.

The people working in the Co-op had just finished lunch and left the restaurant. The restaurant manager Mary Kent and her assistants Kitty Kent and Kathleen Hurley, who were still in the restaurant when the bombs hit, were killed. Several people in the locality were injured and the Co-op was destroyed. There was widespread damage to other properties in the village. The German ambassador, who was escorted by military and civil police, attended the funerals of the three victims.

After the bombing it was suggested that the Co-op had been targeted because it supplied food items, including butter, to Britain. It was also suggested that the pilots had mistaken the coast of Wexford for Pembroke in Wales or that the pilots had jettisoned the bombs in order to save fuel on the return journey to Germany. The German government eventually accepted responsibility for the incident and paid compensation of £9,000 in March 1943.

On August 28th 2010 a Memorial Garden was unveiled in Campile in memory of the three victims of the bombing. Some survivors of the incident attended the event.

The terror, death and destruction of the Second World came to the village of Campile in the year 1940 On This Day.

Luftwaffe by nim on 2006-06-24 01:47:33

luftwaffe by hornet.driver on 2015-03-17 15:37:09

25 August-Rose of Tralee

The Rose of Tralee festival is held each year in the month of August in the town of Tralee Co Kerry, Ireland. The festival was inspired by a song of the same name. It is claimed that the song was written by William Mulchinock about a woman called Mary O Connor with whom he was in love.

Today the festival is supported by Irish communities from all over the world.

The 2014 Rose of Tralee was Maria Walsh from Philadelphia USA.

The 2015 Rose of Tralee was Elysha Brennan from Co Meath

In 2016, the Chicago Rose Maggie McEldowney, was selected as the Rose of Tralee.

The first Rose of Tralee was Alice O’Sullivan from Dublin.

Alice O’Sullivan was selected as the first Rose of Tralee in the year 1959 On This Day

Rose of Tralee Statue by brookscl on 2015-09-12 18:16:11

“That was the ‘Rose of Tralee’. Did you like it?” by baldeaglebluff on 2002-07-08 06:36:48