20 March-Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Lion

The first lion to be used as a mascot by the Hollywood film studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, was born in Dublin Zoo. The lion was given the name Cairbre, a popular medieval Irish name, by the zoo. He was named Slats by the MGM studio. He made his first appearance in 1924 for the film ‘He Who Gets Slapped’.

Slats was born in 1919. It is said that he was suggested as a mascot to the MGM studio by Dublin born Cedric Gibbons. Gibbons was head director for (MGM). He designed the Oscar statuette and was a founding member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Slats appeared on all MGM films between 1924 and 1928. He died in 1936 having sired 24 cubs.

Cairbre, the first lion used as a mascot by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was born in Dublin Zoo in the year 1919 On This Day.

MGM Lion’s Ryan Brougham 1927


11 August-Andrew Carnegie

Kilkenny City Library on John’s Quay Kilkenny was opened in November 1910 with the help of a grant of £2,100 from Andrew Carnegie. It was one of over 2,500 ‘Carnegie’ libraries established with the aid of Carnegie grants in the United States, Britain, Canada, Ireland and other English-speaking countries. The foundation stone had been laid in 1908 and in 1910 the library was handed over to Kilkenny Corporation.

Andrew Carnegie was born in Dunfermline, Scotland on November 25th 1835. His family moved to the United States when he was fifteen years old. They settled in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. Andrew Carnegie began working on the railroad at an early age. He eventually became superintendent of the railroads in the Pittsburgh area. He began to make investments in various companies and by 1889 was the owner of the Carnegie Steel Corporation. His corporation became the largest of its kind in the world.

In 1901 Carnegie sold his business and devoted his time to philanthropic activities. One of those activities was supporting the establishment of libraries. He gave grants towards the establishment of 29 libraries in Ireland, including four in Dublin and three in Belfast. The foundation stone for the first ‘Carnegie library’ was laid in 1903 in the city of Waterford and the remainder were built in the following years.

Following completion of the Library building in Kilkenny, Lady Desart performed the opening ceremony. A silver key supplied by jeweller P.T. Murphy was used to open the library door on November 3rd 1910. Membership of the library was free to residents of Kilkenny City. Together with his support for libraries Carnegie established six other large charitable foundations. The foundations provided support for various areas including, universities, theatres, child welfare centres and scientific research.

Andrew Carnegie, industrialist and philanthropist, died at the age of 83 in the year 1919 On This Day.

Andrew Carnegie by cliff1066™ on 2008-08-26 12:26:58

Kilkenny Library photo

Carnegie Free Library, Kilkenny.

Photo by yellow book

October 19, 1903 Waterford by National Library of Ireland on The Commons on 1903-10-19 12:30:04



25 July-Patrick Cudahy

Patrick Cudahy, who was a native of Co Kilkenny, Ireland, revolutionised the meat packing industry in the United States. He was the founder of the city of Cudahy which is now a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Today the meatpacking business founded Patrick Cudahy is a division of Smithfield Foods.

Patrick Cudahy was born in Callan Co Kilkenny on March 17th 1849. Three months after his birth his family moved to America and settled in Milwaukee Wisconsin. At the age of 14 Patrick began working in the Plankinton and Armour meat packing plant. In 1874 at the age of 25 he became a superintendent in the business. He worked to transform the industry and in 1888 the owner transferred the company to Patrick Cudahy and his brother John Cudahy.

The Cudahy brothers moved the business to a new location south of Milwaukee in 1892. A town built up around the business, which became the City of Cudahy in 1906. The meat packing business expanded rapidly and by 1922 Cudahy Packing Co was among the largest of the packing houses in the United States. During his lifetime Patrick Cudahy, in an effort to promote temperance tried to limit the number of taverns in the city. He played an active role in the Milwaukee Association of Commerce, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and Friends of Irish Freedom. Cudahy and his wife Anna had nine children. One of their children, John Cudahy, served as Ambassador to Ireland from 1937 to 1940.

Patrick Cudahy, American industrialist, philanthropist and native of Co Kilkenny, Ireland died at the age of 70 in the year 1919 On This Day.

Patrick Cudahy HQ Sign by purpleslog on 2008-04-03 12:11:55

Milkaukee (WIS) Lakefront, Cudahy tower, 1909, University Club Tower, 2007 by (vincent) on 2010-06-08 23:20:39

IMG_2283 by Mark Sadowski on 2006-04-09 11:10:50

20111121 16 Cudahy, Wisconsin, USA by davidwilson1949 on 2011-11-21 00:00:08

Callan, Co Kilkenny, Ireland Red Front by Bernie Goldbach on 2004-10-24 16:11:15