24 September-Carlow University

Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was founded by Sisters of Mercy from Carlow Ireland. The Sisters arrived in Pittsburgh in 1843 and began to establish schools and hospitals. They opened Mount Mercy College in 1929. In 1969 the name was changed to Carlow College. Carlow College officially became Carlow University in 2004.

The Sisters of Mercy came to Carlow town, Ireland from Dublin in April 1839. The sisters established St Leo’s College, a school for girls. The Mercy Order had been founded by Catherine McAuley in Dublin in 1831. St Leo’s opened its doors to its first students on May 1st 1839. Today the school is a thriving institution which educates girls form twelve to eighteen years.

In 1843 Michael O’Connor, a native of Fermoy Co Cork was appointed the first Bishop of the new Diocese of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He was consecrated in Rome and passed through Ireland on his return journey to the US. He visited Carlow and invited members of the Mercy Order to come and work in his diocese. The Mercy Order agreed and nuns from Carlow travelled to the USA.

Mother Francis Warde and six Mercy Sisters: Josephine Cullen (28), Veronica McDarby (27), Aloysia Strange (24), Philomena Reid (23), Elizabeth Strange (22), and Margaret O’Brien (21) left Carlow for Pittsburgh on November 1st 1843. They established schools and hospitals in Pittsburgh, including the first permanent hospital in Pittsburgh which opened on New Year’s Day 1847. During the following years they also established schools and hospitals in other locations in the USA.

The Sisters founded a Catholic University called Mount Mercy College in 1929. The name was changed to Carlow College in 1969. In 2004 Carlow College achieved University Status and is now known as Carlow University. Over 2,200 students, from undergraduate to PhD level, study a wide range of programmes at the University.

Carlow University has an international programme through which students study in institutions all over the world, from England to Russia to Tanzania to Thailand. It maintains its links with its Irish heritage and students and staff from the University visit Carlow. Each year a group of students from Carlow University spend a semester studying at Carlow College in Ireland. Students from the University also study at Universities in Northern Ireland and participate in programmes in Sligo.

Carlow University was established in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA in the year 1929 On This Day.

Mercy Nuns Pittsburgh photo

Pittsburgh, Pa

Photo by kla4067

23 September-Nintendo

Nintendo is a video game and electronics company. It was founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi in 1889 to produce and market the playing card game Hanafuda. Today Nintendo is a multinational company which has its headquarters in Kyoto in the Kansai region of Japan.

Nintendo continued to produce playing cards until the 1970’s when it entered the video gaming industry. The company has produced some of the best-known video games in the world. These include Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Pokémon. It has also produced some of the most successful gaming consoles, including, the Game Boy and the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo employs over 5,500 people

Nintendo, a video game and electronics company, was founded in Kyoto, Japan in the year 1889 On This Day.

Nintendo Wii

Nintendo Gameboy Micro 20th Anniversary Mario Edition



23 September-Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen is one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. Nicknamed “The Boss” he is best known for his work with the E Street Band. Among his most famous compositions are ‘Born in the USA’ and ‘Streets of Philadelphia’.

Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen was born in New Jersey, USA in 1949. Interested in music from a young age, his mother bought him his first guitar when he was 16 years old. Ten years later in 1975 Springsteen released his third album Born to Run. The album was a success and skyrocketed him to fame.

In his career to date Springsteen has been the recipient of numerous awards. In 1994 he was given an Academy Award for Best Original Song for ‘Streets of Philadelphia’. He has also received 20 Grammy Awards. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 1999. Springsteen continues to perform and released the album Letter to You in 2020.

Bruce Springsteen was born in Long Branch New Jersey USA in the year 1949 On This Day.

Bruce Springsteen by kyonokyonokyono on 2012-04-29 16:54:15

21 September-Malta

The Republic of Malta is located in the Mediterranean Sea about 80km south of Italy. The country, which is an archipelago of six islands and islets, covers almost 320km2 and has a population of around 450,000. It is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. Valletta is the capital city of Malta.

From pre-historic times Malta has been occupied by various powers. These included the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Spanish, French and British. Malta became part of the British Empire in 1814 under the treaty of Paris and remained under British rule until 1964. It became a Republic on December 13th 1974. Today Malta has an advanced economy and is a member of the European Union. It is a major tourist destination.

Malta gained independence from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the year 1964 On This Day.

Malta: Valetta by Ben124. on 2013-09-23 17:15:51

Alleway; Mdina, Malta by foxypar4 on 2008-11-25 10:22:56

Malta: Sliema sunrise by Ben124. on 2013-09-22 06:03:02

21 September-Ryder Cup

The Ryder Cup is a golf competition for men which is played between teams from Europe and the United Sates. The competition, which was first held officially in 1927, takes place on a biennial basis at venues alternating between Europe and the United States. In 2021 the Ryder Cup will be held in the United States on September 24 to 26, at Whistling Straits Golf Course, Haven, Wisconsin. It was held at the K Club in Ireland in 2006.

The Ryder Cup was initially contested between the United States and Great Britain. From 1953 the competition was held between a team from Great Britain and Ireland and a team from the United States. In 1979 the team from Great Britain and Ireland was expanded to include golfers from continental Europe.

The official opening ceremony for the 2006 Ryder Cup was held at the K Club, Straffan, Co Kildare, Ireland in the year 2006 On This Day.

K Club