24 September-County Down wins Senior All-Ireland Football Championship

The County Down Senior Gaelic Football Team has won the All-Ireland Football Championship on five occasions. The All-Ireland Football Championship is an inter-county Gaelic football tournament for the top teams in Ireland. The final is played annually at Croke Park in Dublin in late September.

The first victory for County Down was in 1960. The team won the title again in 1961, defeating Offaly 3-6 to 2-8. A crowd of 90,556, the biggest ever to attend Croke Park watched the Co Down team come from behind to win their second All Ireland Football Championship.

The County Down Senior Gaelic Football Team won the All-Ireland Football Championship in the year 1961 On This Day.

GAA – Croke Park Stadium by Visentico / Sento on 2008-02-24 20:43:15


23 September-Thomas Kilroy

Thomas Kilroy, playwright and novelist is a native of Co Kilkenny, Ireland. He now lives in Co Mayo. One of Ireland’s most important writers, he is internationally renowned. The winner of several awards, Kilroy is best known as a playwright.

Thomas Kilroy was born in Callan, Co Kilkenny in 1934. His father was a Garda Sergeant in the town. Kilroy was educated at the Christian Brothers School in Callan and received his second level education at St Kieran’s College in Kilkenny City. He graduated with a BA Degree from University College Dublin (UCD) in 1956 and a Higher Diploma in Education in 1957. Kilroy was awarded and an MA from UCD in 1959.

Following a period as a teacher and as Principal of Stratford College in Dublin, Thomas Kilroy was appointed senior lecturer at UCD in 1965 in the Department of Modern English. He was also a visiting professor in various American and Canadian universities.

In his early career Thomas Kilroy was play editor at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. He has written sixteen plays including The Death and Resurrection of Mr. Roche (1968), Double Cross (1986), The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde (1997) and Christ Deliver Us! (2010). Most of his plays have been performed in the Abbey. His novel THE BIG CHAPEL which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1971, won the Guardian Fiction Prize and the Heinemann Award. He has also written screenplays for both film and television.

Thomas Kilroy took a break from his career as a university lecturer in 1973. In 1979 he was appointed Professor of English at University College Galway (UCG). He worked in UCG until 1989 when he resigned his professorship in order to concentrate fully on writing. He has won numerous awards he is a member of the Royal Society of Literature, the Irish Academy of Letters and Aosdána.

Thomas Kilroy was born at Green Street, Callan, Co Kilkenny in the year 1934 On This Day.

NUIG Quadrangle by EoinGardiner on 2008-04-30 13:06:15

22 September-HMS Wasp

HMS Wasp which was based in Cóbh Co Cork (Queenstown), Ireland sank off Tory Island in 1884. Her sinking on what has been described as an inglorious mission, about which her crew were reported to be unhappy, remains an unsolved mystery.

The main functions of HMS Wasp was fishery and lighthouse inspections. She would also have delivered foodstuffs to the islands around the coast. In 1883 there was a serious food shortage on the island of Inishtrahull which lies 10 kilometres north of Malin Head. The Wasp delivered food donated by the Quakers to the people of Inishtrahull.

The following year however, HMS Wasp was en-route from Westport to the same island with bailiffs on board to evict three families who had failed to pay their rent. The vessel struck rocks close to Tory Island and sank with the loss of 50 lives. Only six people survived. The three families on Inishtrahull were never evicted.

HMS Wasp sank off Tory Island in the year 1884 On This Day.

Tory Island cliffs by breandán on 2011-04-25 14:03:53

People gathered on West Street, Tory Island by National Library of Ireland on The Commons on 1906-01-01 00:00:00

Baile Thoir,Oileán Thoraigh ** East Town,Tory Island by Liamfm . on 2010-07-02 12:08:30

22 September-Nationalist Newspaper Carlow

The Nationalist is the leading newspaper in Carlow, Ireland. Published weekly it has a circulation of around 12,000 in Counties Carlow, Laois and Kildare. The Nationalist has been published for over one hundred and thirty years and today it continues to report on local news, events and sport.

Finns Leinster Journal, a newspaper published in Kilkenny, circulated in Carlow in 1767. It became the Leinster Journal on August 22nd 1801. The first newspaper to be published in Carlow was the Leinster Journal or Leinster Chronicle, around 1770. Since then at least ten different newspapers have been published in the town. Apart from the Nationalist, The Carlow Sentinel was the longest running publication. It was first published on January 7th 1832 and continued publication until the 1920’s.

The Nationalist was founded by Patrick and John Conlan. The Conlan brothers were natives of Newbridge Co Kildare. Patrick Conlan, who had worked at the Sligo Champion and the Leinster Leader, became the first editor of the Nationalist. The paper was founded with the full support of the Irish Parliamentary Party and its local representatives. From the beginning the Nationalist took an independent and impartial approach reporting events. Patrick Conlan served two months in Kilkenny Jail for an item he published in the Nationalist on January 12th 1889. The item reported on the proceedings of a meeting of the Ballyadarus and Wolfhill Branch of the Irish National League in the Laois on the previous Sunday.

When Patrick Conlan died in 1898 his wife Annie became the owner of the Nationalist. His brother John took over as editor. Since its foundation the Nationalist has continued publication often through turbulent times to the present day. Its offices are now located at Hanover but for many years were located on Tullow Street and previous to that on Dublin Street in Carlow town.

The first edition of The Nationalist newspaper was published on Browne Street, Carlow in the year 1883 On This Day.


Nationalist, Centenary Issue


Map of Carlow by brookscl on 2015-10-04 10:41:02


21 September-Éamonn Ceannt

Éamonn Ceannt, who was born in Ballymoe Co Galway, Ireland was one of the signatories of the 1916 Proclamation. His father was an Officer in the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) and was stationed in Ballymoe when Éamonn was born. Éamonn Ceannt joined the Gaelic League in 1899, became a fluent Irish speaker and in 1912 joined the IRB. He worked as an accountant with Dublin Corporation from 1901.

During the 1916 Rising Éamonn Ceannt was in command of the 150 Volunteers who occupied the hospital on the south side of Dublin known as the South Dublin Union. It is now known as St James’ Hospital. When the hospital was commandeered by Éamonn Ceannt and the volunteers on April 24th 1916 there were 3,282 people including patients, doctors, nurses and ancillary staff on the site. The volunteers established their headquarters in the Nurses Home. The patients and staff were not evacuated during the fighting.

When the British Army attacked the Union on the afternoon of Monday 24th, the situation for staff and patients became perilous and many people lost their lives. One of those killed was Nurse Margaretta Kehoe from Leighlinbridge in Co Carlow who had been a nurse in the hospital for almost twenty years. She became the first female casualty of the Rising. With others who died in the fighting Nurse Kehoe was buried in the grounds of the hospital. Her remains were later exhumed and reinterred in Ballinabranna cemetery, Leighlinbridge.

While the Rising was in progress Éamonn Ceannt’s brother, William, was Company Sergeant Major with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers then based in Cork. Éamonn Ceannt was shot by the British Army on May 8th 1916 for his part in the Rising. Willaim Ceannt died fighting with the British Army on April 24, 1917 during the offensives at the battle of Arras in France.

Éamonn Ceannt was born in Ballymoe Co Galway in the year 1881 On This Day.

Eamonn Ceannt – Easter Rising 1916 by infomatique on 2008-08-30 13:31:38

Dublin General Post Office. 1916 Proclamation of Independence. Ireland. by sludgegulper on 2010-05-17 20:54:46