26 July-Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger is a singer and songwriter who is a native of England. He is the lead singer with the rock band, The Rolling Stones. Jagger was one the founding members of the band in 1962. During a career that has spanned more than four decades he has become a rock legend. He was knighted for his services to music in 2003 and was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004.

Michael Philip Jagger was born in Dartford, Kent in 1943. Having finished second level education in 1961 he enrolled in the London School of Economics. He left in 1963 to concentrate on his musical career with the Rolling Stones. With major hits such as ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’, ‘Angie’, and ‘Miss You’ the Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones became well known international performers.

The Rolling Stones made their first tour of Ireland in January 1965. They gave performances in Belfast at the ABC Theatre on January 6th, in Dublin at the Adelphi Theatre on January 7th and in Cork at the Savoy Theatre on January 8th. On that occasion the first documentary film was made about the Rolling Stones and was called Charlie Is My Darling. The band did a second Irish tour on 3rd and 4th of September 1965.

During the years Mick Jagger has been a frequent visitor to Ireland staying at venues such as Borris House in County Carlow, Rossenarra House in County Kilkenny and Russborough House in County Wicklow. In 1982 and 2007 the Rolling Stones was the headline act in concerts at Slane Castle in County Meath.

Mick Jagger was born in the year 1943 On This Day.

Mick Jagger

 

 

 

 

24 July-Croppies Grave

The Croppies Grave is located on 98th Street, Griaguecullen, Carlow. The grave is the resting place of over six hundred people who died in the Battle of Carlow which took place on May 25th 1798. Those who died in the battle were buried in a mass grave and covered in quick lime. The Battle of Carlow was part of the United Irishmen Rising of 1798.

One hundred years after the mass burial, a memorial Celtic Cross was erected at the Croppies Grave. The cross, which is over 4.5 metres (15 feet) is carved form local limestone. The inscription on the cross is in both Irish and English. (In memory of the 640 United Irishmen who gave their lives for their country at the Battle of Carlow May 25th 1798). To the right of the cross there is a memorial slab which was donated by Rowan McCoombe, town councillor of Carlow.

In a ceremony marking the centenary of the Rebellion of 1798 a memorial cross to the United Irishmen who died in the Battle of Carlow was unveiled in the year 1898 On This Day.

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23 July-DART

Dublin Area Rapid Transport is an electrified railway network in Dublin, Ireland. Known as the DART it began operating in 1984. The DART runs from Greystones in Co Wicklow on the south-side of Dublin city, along the coastline and through the city centre, to Howth and Malahide to the north of the city. Travelling over 50km of track the DART serves 31 stations and carries around 16 million passengers annually.

Ten kilometres of the DART track runs on the track bed of Ireland’s first railway, which began operations in 1834. The service ran from Westland Row station (now Dublin Pearse) in Dublin city to Kingstown (now Dún Laoghaire). It was the first suburban and commuter railway line in the world. In later years the railway was extended south to Wexford and north to Belfast.

The DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transport) began operating in the year 1984 On This Day.

DART [Dublin Area Rapid Transit] – Tara Street Station

 

 

22 July-2007 Open Champioship

Pádraig Harrington is a professional golfer who is a native of Dublin, Ireland. He was the winner of the Open Championship (British Open) in 2007. He was also won the Open Championship and PGA Championship in 2008. The Open Championship is one the four major championships in professional golf. It is held each year in mid-July in the United Kingdom.

The Open Championship was played for the first time at Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland on October 17th 1860. The tournament has been played every year since that date with the exception of:

  • 1871 when it was cancelled as no trophy was available
  • 1915–19 due to World War I
  • 1940–45 due to World War II.

When Pádraig Harrington won the Open Championship in 2007 he became the first Irish person to do so, since Fred Daly won the tournament in 1947.

Pádraig Harrington defeated Sergio García to win the Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland in the year 2007 On This Day.

Padraig Harrington, Open 2007

Padraig Harrington

 

 

 

21 July-Sirimavo Bandaranaike

Sirimavo Bandaranaike was a Sri Lankan politician. In 1960 she became the world’s first woman Prime Minister upon her party’s victory in the 1960 Ceylon general election. Ceylon became a republic in 1972 and was named Sri Lanka. Sirimavo Bandaranaike served as Prime Minister three times, 1960–65, 1970–77 and 1994–2000.

Sirimavo Bandaranaike was born Sirima Ratwatte on April 17th 1916. Her husband Solomon Bandaranaike was elected Prime Minister of Ceylon in 1956. He was assassinated in 1959 and Sirimavo Bandaranaike became the head of his party. She was elected Prime Minister of Ceylon in 1960 and served in the office until 1965. She was elected as Prime Minister on two further occasions.

Sirimavo Bandaranaike was elected Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (Ceylon), becoming the first woman to hold such a position, in the year 1960 On This Day.