30 November-South Leinster Way

South Leinster Way is one of many walking trails in Ireland. It begins in Kildavin, Co Carlow and stretches for 104km (65 miles) to Carrick-on-Suir in Co Tipperary. At Carrick-on-Suir the trail known as the east Munster Way begins. Both walking trails form part of Ireland’s 4,000km waymarked trails the first of which, the Wicklow Way, was opened in 1982.

From Kildavin in Co Carlow the South Leinster Way passes through Borris in Co Carlow, Graiguenamanagh and Inistigoe Co Kilkenny and on to Carrick-on-Suir in Co Tipperary. The terrain along the route varies between mountain trails and riverside walks. These include walks on Mount Leinster in the Blackstairs Mountains in Co Carlow and Mount Brandon near Graiguenamanagh in Co Kilkenny together with a riverside walk along the towpath of the River Barrow.

This National Waymarked Trail has no significant climbs and takes about 5 days to complete. Overnight accommodation is available along the route in picturesque country towns such as Borris, Inistioge and Griaiuenamanagh. Because of Ireland’s temperate climate the walking trails can be enjoyed all year round.

South Leinster Way, a National Waymarked Trail in the south east of Ireland, was officially opened in the year 1985 On This Day.



Finea 5KM Road Race – March 2014 by Peter Mooney on 2014-03-23 10:58:17

Mount Leinster photo

View from Mt Leinster

Photo by stephenhanafin


29 November-George Harrison

George Harrison was a guitarist, singer, songwriter and film producer. He was the lead guitarist of the world famous rock group the Beatles. The band was one of the most commercially successful in music history.

George Harrison was born in Liverpool, England, on February 25th 1943. Interested in music from a young age he was given his first guitar at age 14 by his father. He learned to play the guitar and formed his own band called the Rebels.

Harrison met Paul McCartney on the school bus and later joined McCartney and John Lennon as a member of the Quarrymen. The Quarrymen would eventually become the Beatles in August 1960 and would be joined by Ringo Starr. The Beatles disbanded in 1970 and Harrison pursued a successful solo career. He also established a movie production company.

George Harrison, lead guitarist of the world famous rock group the Beatles, died at the age of 58 in Los Angeles, California in the year 2001 On This Day.

george harrison the quiet one, by badgreeb RECORDS – art -photos on 2012-03-23 01:30:20


28 November-Sonia O’Sullivan

Sonia O’Sullivan, who is a native of Co Cork, is one of Ireland’s most successful athletes. She represented Ireland at four Olympic Games, winning an Olympic Silver Medal on September 25th 2000 in Sydney. O’Sullivan also won European Gold and World Gold Medals. She was Chef De Mission for the Irish team at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Sonia “Fran” O’Sullivan was born in Cobh, Co Cork in November 1969. She was educated at Cobh Vocational School and began her athletic career with Ballymore Running Club in the town of Cobh. In 1988 O’Sullivan was awarded a scholarship to Villanova University in Philadelphia, USA. She graduated from there with a degree in Accounting in 1992.

Prior to winning her Olympic Medal, Sonia O’Sullivan had a long list of successes to her credit. These included:

•Three World Championship Gold Medals

•Three European Championship Gold Medals

•Four World Records

Sonia O’Sullivan, one of Ireland’s most successful athletes, was born in the year 1969 On This Day.

January 1, 1992 by National Library of Ireland on The Commons on 1992-01-01 13:09:18

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27 November-Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix was a musician, singer and songwriter who was a native of Washington State, USA. Though he had a short career he became one of the most influential musicians in the history of Rock Music. His innovative guitar playing was a feature of his exciting performances.

Johnny Allen Hendrix was born in Seattle, Washington in November 1942. He was of Irish, African American and Cherokee ancestry. He began playing the guitar at the age of 15. By the time he appeared at the Woodstock Festival in 1969 Hendrix was the highest paid performer in the world. ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ was one of his most memorable performances at Woodstock. Hendrix was the headline performer at the Isle of Wight Festival in England in 1970. He died at the age of 27 in Kensington, London on September 18th 1970.

Jimi Hendrix, musician, singer and songwriter was born in the year 1942 On This Day.

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26 November-Ireland’s Own

Ireland’s Own is the longest running and bestselling family magazine in Ireland. Published weekly by People Newspapers in Wexford town it has a circulation of over 50,000 in Ireland and abroad. It is one of hundreds of weekly and monthly, national and regional magazines published in Ireland. Ireland’s Own continues to be as popular as ever, over one hundred years after it was first published.

Ireland’s Own grew out of a tradition of Irish magazines which began to be published in the middle of the 19th century. These magazines were aimed at an Irish readership and they prioritised the work of Irish authors. They were designed to meet the increasing demand for Irish related material from a growing literate population.

The first editor of Ireland’s Own was John Mellifont Walsh. The front page of the new magazine, which cost one penny, carried an ‘Address to the First Number’. There were also six other articles including ‘Ballooning in a Thunderstorm’, ‘Silkworms in New York’ and ‘Some Irish Bon Mots’. The magazine was described as having something for all the family. It was, and still remains non-political and non-sectarian.

Today Ireland’s Own continues as a non-glossy, old-fashioned publication which has remained true to its traditions while managing to adapt to the modern era. Every week it has regular features, short stories, articles on history and a section for children. Using the publicity slogan ‘The Week Wouldn’t Be the Same Without It’ the publishers say that ‘many people have rightly observed that it is amazing the diversity of interesting material that can be packed into one magazine every week’

The first edition of Ireland’s Own was published in Wexford town in the year 1902 On This Day.

A sample of some of our cover stories from over the years.

Samples of Ireland’s Own magazine

Courtesy Ireland’s Own

Wexford photo

Main Street, Wexford by Poole Studios by National Library of Ireland on The Commons on 1895-01-01 00:00:00

Photo by National Library of Ireland on The Commons