24 May-Copernicus

Copernicus was a mathematician and astronomer who was a native of modern day Poland. He developed a heliocentric model of the universe. His model, which placed the sun rather than the earth at the centre of the solar system caused controversy when it was first published around 1514.

Nicolaus Copernicus was born in the city of Torun in northern Poland on February 19th 1473. He was educated at Krakow Academy and later at the University of Bologna in Italy. In 1514 he was asked by Pope Leo X to help improve the calendar. His major work, ‘On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres’ was published shortly before his death at the age of 70 in 1543.

Copernicus published ‘On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres’ (proof of a sun-centred solar system) in the year 1543 On This Day.




25 August-St Francis’s Abbey

In the City of Kilkenny the history of St Francis’s Abbey can be traced back to the 13th Century. The Abbey with many interruptions continued until the late 18th century. Today parts of the Abbey survive within the grounds of the Smithwicks Brewery. The abbey which had been dissolved by Henry VIII in 1540 was given by royal grant to Walter Archer chief officer of the Corporation of Kilkenny in 1543 On This Day

Smithwicks photo

Photo by D&S McSpadden