11 July-Joseph Larmor

Joseph Larmor was one of Irelands most famous Physicists. He was a mathematical physicist whose main preoccupation was with electrodynamics. Larmor taught Physics at Queens College Galway, now NUI Galway. He later worked as lecturer in Mathematics at Cambridge University, England.

Joseph Larmor, one of Irelands most famous Physicists, was born in Magheragall, County Antrim in the year 1857 On This Day.

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10 July-Rolling Stones

Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull arrived at Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny City, Ireland for a party to celebrate the hand-over of the castle in 1967. By that time both Jagger and Faithfull were already well known international performers. For the party Mick Jagger wore a long green cloak over a white shirt and orange pants. Marianne Faithfull wore a full length white lace dress. Their presence and manner of dress attracted a lot of attention. Jagger is reported to have told the press that, ’we just came to loon about’.

Arthur Butler, 6th Marquess and 24th Earl of Ormonde, had sold the castle in 1967 to the Castle Restoration Committee for £50. The castle has since been restored, is a major tourist attraction in Kilkenny and is home to Part of the National Art Gallery.

Mick Jagger and 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 Rolling stones 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.

The Rolling Stones had their first international number 1 hit when ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’, reached the top of the charts in America in the year 1965 On This Day.

Mick Jagger, Statesboro, Georgia, May 4, 1965 by thinhippo on 1965-05-04 18:50:33

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05 July-Irish Mail Coach Service

The turnpike road (toll road) connecting Dublin to Kilkenny city via the town of Carlow, Ireland was completed in 1731. The road had been built in two parts, Dublin through Naas to Kilcullen (1729) and Kilcullen to Kilkenny (1731). The road was part of network of routes that spread throughout Ireland connecting with roads developed by the Grand Juries (County Councils). The development of the turnpikes improved travel time for passengers and they were used by the Irish Mail Coach when it was introduced in 1789.

The Turnpike Acts for the first time, introduced a planned system of roadbuilding in Ireland. Up until then, roads in Ireland mainly built in medieval times, were of very poor quality. It was one of the drawbacks of, unlike England, not having been invaded by the Romans. The improvement in Irish roads had begun with the opening of the 45km (28 mile) turnpike road from Dublin to Kilcullen in County Kildare in 1729. At the same time as the road to Kilkenny was being built, roads such as Dublin to Navan and roads leading out of Belfast, Cork and Limerick were also being built.

During the following decades the road network began to radiate from the major urban centres. Eventually there were five turnpike roads passing through County Carlow. Many of the roads in existence today were built during this era. The turnpike along the eastern corridor linking Dublin to Belfast and the road to Cork were completed by the middle of the 18th century.

The improvements in roads introduced a significant improvement in travel times and the development of more regular services. By 1737 coach services were available from Dublin to places such as Drogheda, Kinnegad and Kilkenny twice a week. However long distance journeys involved overnight stops. In the early 1740’s the journey from Dublin to Belfast took two days in Summer and three in Winter. Inns which had been opened along the routes of the new roads were the stop-off points for the coaches. The stop-off point in Carlow town the ‘Great Inn’.

The mail-coach system was first introduced to Ireland in 1789. The initial service was on routes from Dublin to Belfast and Dublin to Cork. The system was gradually extended countrywide. The first mail-coach service from Dublin to Waterford took place in 1790.

The Irish Mail Coach on its first journey from Dublin to Waterford made a stop in Carlow town in the year 1790 On This Day.

Image from page 441 of “The choice works of Thomas Hood, in prose and verse” (1881) by Internet Archive Book Images on 1881-01-01 00:00:00


04 July-Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is the day Americans celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It is the National Day of the United States. The day is celebrated with public and private events including such things as, political ceremonies and family reunions.

The Declaration of Independence was adopted at the Continental Congress held in Philadelphia in 1776. The vote to declare the thirteen American colonies independent of Great Britain was made on July 2nd. It was approved by the congress two days later.

The American Declaration of Independence was adopted in the year 1776 On This Day.

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