12 December-Boys Town

Boys Town is located in Nebraska, USA. It is an organisation dedicated to caring for children and families. It was founded in 1917 by Monsignor Edward Flanagan who was a native of Roscommon, Ireland. A film called Boys Town, based on the life of Fr Flanagan was made in 1938. Spencer Tracy playing the part of Fr Flanagan won an Oscar for Best Actor. Today Boys Town is a national organisation with twelve regional headquarters across the United States.

Located ten miles west of Omaha, Boys Town was originally founded to cater for homeless boys. It was opened to girls in 1979. Boys Town did not use the reform school model but instead emphasised the social preparation of children in its care. The model became the standard in several countries.

Boys Town was opened in Nebraska, USA by Monsignor Edward Flanagan from Roscommon, Ireland in the year 1917 On This Day.

Boys Town, Omaha



11 December-Erskine Childers

Erskine Childers was elected 4th President of Ireland in 1973. A politician who served in several government ministries during his career, Childers was a member of the Fianna Fáil Party. His father Robert Erskine Childers was a British born writer who spent his childhood in Ireland and played a major role in the Irish revolution.

Erskine Hamilton Childers was born in London, England in 1905. A graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge, he came to Ireland in 1931 to work for the Irish Press newspaper. He was elected to Dáil Eireann in 1938. He was re-elected at each subsequent election until he resigned his seat in 1973 to become President of Ireland. He died in office at the age of 78 on November 17th 1974.

Erskine Childers, who served as the 4th president of Ireland, was born in the year 1905 On This Day.

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Erskine Childers



10 December-Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’ is a film based on first volume of The Lord of the Rings. The Lord of the Rings is a fantasy novel which was written by J R R Tolkien. It was published in three volumes over a 15 month period from July 1954 to October 1955. The publication of The Fellowship of the Ring in 1954 was followed by The Two Towers and The Return of the King.

When the ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’ was released in 2001 it was highly acclaimed. In 2002 it was nominated for thirteen Academy Awards and was the winner of four. The film has been a huge financial success, earning to date over $800 million dollars worldwide.

‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’ was premiered at the Odeon Leicester Square in London in the year 2001 On This Day.

Lord of the Rings

The Fellowship of the Ring photo

The Lord of the Ring – The Fellowship of the Rings by ~Beekeeper~ on 2011-07-16 16:18:12





10 December-Nobel

Alfred Nobel was a chemist and engineer who was a native of Sweden. The inventor of dynamite he became a wealthy businessman. His fortune was used to institute the Nobel Prizes.

Alfred Bernhard Nobel was born in Stockholm, Sweden on October 21st 1833. He excelled academically and as a young man he worked in his father’s armaments business. He invented dynamite and was also a manufacturer of armaments. He established companies in several countries in Europe and North America. He

Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite whose fortune was used to establish the Nobel Prizes, died in Sanremo, Italy at the age of 63 in the year 1896 On This Day.

Alfred Nobel, the founder of the Nobel Peace Prize




09 December-Charge of the Light Brigade

Daniel Dowling was a survivor of the Charge of the Light Brigade. He was a native of Carlow, Ireland. The Charge of the Light Brigade took place on October 25th 1854 at the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War. Daniel Dowling died in an almshouse in Utica, New York on July 15th 1913. When he died a copy of the poem, The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson was found among his possessions.

Tennyson wrote his poem, The Charge of the Light Brigade on December 2nd 1854. He was the Poet Laureate at the time. He wrote the narrative poem based on newspaper reports of how ‘The Light Brigade’ charged up the valley at Balaclava. The Brigade was fired on from the Russian positions at the top of the valley and from both sides. The charge resulted in 278 casualties of whom 156 were killed.

“Forward, the Light Brigade!”

Was there a man dismayed?

Not though the soldier knew

Someone had blundered.

Theirs not to make reply,

Theirs not to reason why,

Theirs but to do and die.

Into the valley of Death

Rode the six hundred.

“The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred Lord Tennyson was published in the year 1854 On This Day.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Charge of the Light Cavalry Brigade. 25th Oct. 1854