08 January-Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley, musician and actor, is often referred to as The King of Rock and Roll. He was a native of Mississippi, USA. He was of Irish (Co Carlow), Scottish, Cherokee and German ancestry. From humble beginnings Elvis Presley became one of the biggest names in Rock and Roll. Though he died at the age of 42 on August 16th 1977, he remains one of the most popular music icons in the world.

Elvis Aaron Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, USA in 1935. He was educated locally and was given his first guitar at the age of 10. When he was thirteen years old his family moved to Memphis Tennessee where he graduated from High School in 1953. Elvis made his first recording at the age of 19 in 1954 but his first number 1 hit in the US was with ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ in 1956.

During the following years his recordings and television appearances made Presley enormously popular. With 18 number 1 singles and sales estimated at one billion records, he is the best-selling solo performer in the history of recorded music. He won three Grammy Awards during his lifetime and was one of the first performers to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Elvis Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu in 1967. They had one daughter, Lisa Marie, who was born in 1968.

Elvis Presley was born in the year 1935 On This Day.

Elvis Presley


18 November-Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny Castle is located in Kilkenny City, Ireland. The Castle, part of which dates from the 13th century, is set in picturesque parkland. The Butler family were residents of Kilkenny Castle for over 500 years from 1391 to 1935.

In 1935 the Butler family decided to sell the contents of the Castle and move to London. The auction was held over five days and raised over £6,000. Over 30 years later Kilkenny Castle was sold for £50 to members of the Kilkenny Castle Restoration Committee by James Arthur Butler 6th Marquess of Ormonde.

Shortly after the restoration committee took possession of the Castle it was handed over to the state. The Castle has since been restored and is under the management of the Office of Public Works. It is a major tourist attraction in Kilkenny and is home to part of the National Art Gallery.

The auction of the contents of Kilkenny Castle, which was held over five days, began in the year 1935 On This Day.

Kilkenny Castle by mellow cat on 2014-07-06 14:46:37


22 October-Edward Carson

Edward Carson, who was born in Dublin, was a barrister and unionist politician who campaigned against Home Rule for Ireland. He served as a Liberal Unionist MP for Trinity College Dublin from 1892 to 1918 and held several government positions. Carson is regarded by many as the creator of Northern Ireland

Edward Henry Carson was born in Dublin on February 9th 1854. He was educated at Arlington House, Portarlington, Co Laois and at Wesley College Dublin. He studied law at Trinity College Dublin where he was a member of the college hurley team. He was also a leading member of the College Historical Society. Carson graduated from Trinity College in 1878 and went on to study law at the King’s Inns in Dublin. After graduation he was called to the bar and became one of Ireland’s leading barristers.

Though he disliked ‘the culture of Orangeism’ Carson was opposed to Home Rule for Ireland. He became leader of the Ulster Unionist Party in 1910 and was the first signatory of the Ulster Covenant on September 28th 1912. Carson opposed the Anglo Irish Treaty but refused to stay as leader of the Ulster Unionist Party and become the first Prime Minister of Northern Ireland.

In a speech opposing the Treaty in 1921 he said: “What a fool I was! I was only a puppet, and so was Ulster, and so was Ireland, in the political game that was to get the Conservative Party into Power.” In later life Carson is reported to have expressed his disillusionment with Belfast politics. He was created a life peer in 1921 and retired in 1929.

Edward Carson died at the age of 81 at his home at Isle of Thanet, Kent in the year 1935 On This Day.

Edward Carson by ReflectedSerendipity on 2008-08-19 15:58:59