31 January-Trotsky

Leon Trotsky was one of the leaders of the Russian revolution. He was the founder of the Red Army. An opponent of Joseph Stalin, Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party in 1927 and exiled to Kazakhstan in 1928. He was deported from Russia to Turkey 1929. He later lived for a time in France and Norway

Trotsky applied for asylum in Ireland in 1930. His request was refused. He was later given asylum in Mexico. Just over ten years after being deported from Russia, Trotsky was assassinated on August 21st 1940. He was attacked and murdered with and ice pick at his home in Mexico by a Stalinist assassin.

Leon Trotsky was exiled to the city of Almaty in Kazakhstan in the year 1928 On This Day.

Casa de Trotsky




06 October-Maeve Kyle

Maeve Kyle is a native of Kilkenny, Ireland. In 1956 became the first female athlete to represent Ireland at the Olympic Games in Sydney. She also competed in the Rome Olympics of 1960 and the Tokyo Olympics of 1964.

During her career Kyle competed in the 100m and 200m, 400m and 800m events. She won a bronze medal in the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Dortmund in 1966. She also competed in other sports including tennis, swimming, sailing and cricket. Kyle also played hockey. She was selected to play for Ireland on 58 occasions.

Maeve Kyle, Ireland’s first female Olympian, was born in Kilkenny in the year 1928 On This Day.

Maeve Kyle

Maeve Kyle, courtesy of the BBC



30 July-MGM Lion Jackie

The Hollywood film studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer uses a lion as its mascot. The first lion used was born in Dublin Zoo on March 20th 1919. Known as Slats he made his first appearance in 1924 for the film ‘He Who Gets Slapped’. Slats was the only MGM lion not to roar as his appearance took place during the era of silent movies.

Slats appeared on all MGM films between 1924 and 1928. He died in 1936 having sired 24 cubs. Following his retirement in 1928 Slats was replaced by Jackie. It was at the time of the advent of sound in the movies and Jackie was the first lion to be heard roar. He retired in 1931. Since Jackie five other lions have been used for the MGM logo.

Jackie the lion roared for the first time to introduce first MGM talking movie in the year 1928 On This Day.

Leo the MGM Lion’s Ryan Brougham




24 May-William Trevor

William Trevor was a novelist, playwright and short story writer who was a native of Co Cork, Ireland. He won the Whitbread Prize on three occasions and was the recipient of numerous other awards. Trevor received an honorary knighthood for his services to literature on December 4th 2002. He was a member of Aosdána.

William Trevor was born William Trevor Cox in Mitchelstown, County Cork in 1928. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin, with a degree in history in 1950. Trevor worked as a schoolteacher for a time before moving to live in England in 1954. He became a full-time writer in 1964 following the success of his novel ‘The Old Boys’. He went on to write more than 15 novels and several short stories. He died at the age of 88 at his home in Somerset, England on November 20th 2016.

William Trevor was born in the year 1928 On This Day.

William Trevor photo

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