28 September-Carlow Garda Síochána

An Garda Síochána station in Carlow town, Ireland is located on the Athy Road. The station moved there from its location on Tullow Street in 1991. An Garda Síochána (Guardian of the Peace), which is the police force of Ireland, has its headquarters in the Phoenix Park in Dublin.

The Peace Preservation act of 1814 brought about the establishment of the first police force in Ireland. However it was the Irish Constabulary Act of 1822 that saw the real beginning of an Irish Police Force. Under that Act a police force was established in each province in Ireland. A police command structure was put in place which had its headquarters in Dublin.

The Constabulary (Ireland) Act of 1836 further reorganised the new police force and led to the introduction a constabulary code of regulations. Permission to name The Irish Constabulary as the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) was granted by Queen Victoria in 1867. The RIC became the model for many other police forces around the world.

In 1822 seventy two police officers of the new Irish Constabulary were appointed to stations throughout County Carlow. For the purposes of policing, County Carlow was divided into two districts, Carlow and Bagenalstown. Eight police officers were assigned to Carlow Town which was designated as the headquarters for the county. The remainder were assigned to sixteen other police stations around the county.

Following independence in 1922 the RIC was replaced by a new police force called the Civic Guard. The Civic Guard was later renamed An Garda Síochána. The RIC departed from Carlow in February 1922 and were replaced by the Civic Guard the following September.

Twenty eight Garda and three Sergeants took up duty in Carlow town in the year 1922 On This Day.

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Carlow Garda Station photo

Garda Headquarters, Phoenix Park, Dublin

Photo by National Library of Ireland on The Commons

27 September-LIT Tipperary

Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) is an institution of higher education in Limerick, Ireland which offers courses from undergraduate through to PhD. The Institute also caters for craft apprentices and adult and continuing education. LIT which has a student population of 7,000 has campuses in Limerick city, Thurles and Clonmel in County Tipperary and in Ennis, County Clare.

The campuses in Thurles and Clonmel are known as LIT Tipperary. They were formerly known as Tipperary Rural and Business Development Institute and operated under the name of Tipperary Institute. Tipperary Institute was opened in 1999. In 2011 it was merged with LIT and the name was changed to LIT Tipperary. LIT Tipperary provides courses fully accredited under the Higher Education and Training awards Council.

Tipperary Rural and Business Development Institute, now LIT Tipperary, was officially opened in the year 1999 On This Day.

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27 September-Meat Loaf

Michael Lee Aday is a musician, singer-songwriter and actor better known as Meat Loaf. With sales of over 80 million records he is one of the best-selling artists of all time. He won a Grammy Award for the song ‘I’d Do Anything for Love’ and enjoyed great success for his ‘Bat Out of Hell’ albums.

Michael Lee Aday was born in Dallas, Texas in 1947. Following high school he attended the University of North Texas before moving to Los Angeles in 1967. He started his first band ‘Meat Loaf Soul’ in Los Angeles. The band split up and Meat Loaf found success on the stage in the musicals ‘Hair’ and ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’.

In 1975 Meat Loaf starred in the successful movie version of ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’. He released his first album ‘Bat Out of Hell’ in 1977. It has sold over 43 million copies globally and is one of the best-selling albums of all time. Meat loaf continues to perform. During his career he has toured widely and plans to release an album in 2016.

Meat Loaf was born Marvin Lee Aday in Dallas Texas in the year 1947 On This Day.


27 September-The Royal Showband

The Royal Showband was founded in Waterford in 1957. 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. Though a band called the Clipper Carlton is regarded as the first of the Irish showbands, the Royal Showband became one of the most successful bands of the era.

The Royal Showband was founded by a group of young musicians which included Brendan Bowyer, Tom Dunphy, Michael Coppinger, Jim Conlan, Charlie Mathews and Gerry Cullen. The band was managed by T J Byrne from Carlow. As the band members all had day jobs they could only perform at the weekend and did not turn professional until 1959. During the following decade the band, with Brendan Bowyer as the lead singer, became the most popular band in Ireland.

The Royal showband had a brief change of name to the Waterford Showband in 1960. The change occurred because two members of the British royal family were in attendance when the band made an appearance at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London. By 1962 Brendan Bowyer and the Royal Showband were so successful that The Beatles were the supporting act for them at the Liverpool Empire Theatre. On the poster advertising the concert The Beatles were called ‘Liverpool’s own beat group’. The Royal Showband band toured extensively in Great Britain and the US and had several number one hits, the most popular of which was ‘The Hucklebuck’ in 1965.

In 1966 the Royal Showband played at a venue in Las Vegas, Nevada for a four week period. This led to the band performing in Las Vegas for up to six months each year during the following years. In 1970 Brendan Bowyer and Tom Dunphy left to form a new band called the ‘Big 8’. The Royal Showband gave its final performance on July 29th 1971 at the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas.

The Royal Showband was launched in Waterford in the year 1957 On This Day.

Waterford photo

Waterford City, Quays

Photo by Hotelsireland


26 September-Ballykealy House

Ballykealy House is located near the village of Ballon about 8 Km south of Carlow town, Ireland. It was once the home of the Lecky family. Today it is a hotel known as Ballykealy Manor Hotel. The Lecky family lived at Ballykealy House from 1649 until they sold the house and surrounding lands in 1953.

The land surrounding Ballykealy House, extending to about 150 hectares, was purchased by the Land Commission. Ballykealy House was purchased in the early 1960’s by the Patrician Order for use as a novitiate. The present Tudor-Gothic style house which was built in the 1820’s was designed by Thomas Cobden.

When Colonel Rupert Beauchamp Lecky sold Ballykealy House, he moved to London with his family. Within a few years bankruptcy proceedings were instituted against him. At the time his liabilities exceeded his assets by around £4,000. The bankruptcy proceedings were due for hearing in September 1957.

On the morning of the hearing Colonel Lecky, having said goodbye to his wife and family, got on a train to travel to London. He was never seen again. Efforts to locate him continued for many years. The search covered Britain, Ireland and locations in Europe. He was not found and the file on Colonel Lecky remains open at Scotland Yard.

Colonel Rupert Beauchamp Lecky of Ballykealy House near Carlow disappeared without trace in the year 1957 On This Day.

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