23 October-Nick Vincent Murphy

Nick Vincent Murphy is a novelist and screenwriter who is a native of Kilkenny Ireland. He is best known for the feature film Hideaways and the award winning comedy series MOONE BOY which he co-wrote with Roscommon born actor Chris O’Dowd.

Nick Vincent Murphy was born in Kilkenny in 1977. He was educated at Kilkenny College in Kilkenny City and at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) where he was active in the drama society. He graduated from TCD with a BA degree in English and History in 2000. In 2001 he graduated with an MA in Film Production from The Dublin Institute of Technology.

Following graduation Murphy worked as a writer and editor of shows such as The Offside Show and The Running Mate for television stations TV3 and TG4 in Dublin. Hideaways, his first feature film, was produced in 2011. Described as a ‘fable about learning to live with the curses and blessings we inherit’ it had its premiere at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan, New York.

With Chris O’Dowd, Nick Vincent Murphy wrote a short film called ‘Capturing Santa’ for Sky 1. The film won the Grand Prize Short Film award at the 2012 New York International Children’s Film Festival. The short film, which was based on an incident in O’Dowd’s childhood was developed by Murphy and O’Dowd into the comedy series MOONE BOY.

MOONE BOY has been so successful that it has run for three series. It was the winner of an Emmy award in New York in 2013 for Best Comedy and an Irish Film and Television Award (IFTA) in 2014. It also won British Comedy Award for Best Sitcom in 2014.

THE AVIARY, a three-part miniseries adaptation of the novel ‘The Salesman’ by Joseph O’Connor and RIGHT AS RAIN a 6-part comedy series are in development by Murphy. He currently lives with his family in the United States.

Nick Vincent Murphy was born in Kilkenny in the year 1977 On This Day.

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20 August-Felipe Contepomi

Felipe Contepomi, an Argentine Rugby Union footballer was registered with Co Carlow Football Club, Ireland while playing at Leinster. Having joined Bristol from Club Newman in Buenos Aires in 2001 he moved to Leinster in 2003. He played his first game for Carlow against Shannon on January 18th 2004. Contepomi remained with Leinster until 2009 and played a major role in the club’s European success. He qualified as doctor in May 2007 having studied at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland whilst playing for Leinster.

Felipe Contepomi was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1977. He was educated at Colegio Cardenal Newman in Buenos Aires and played Rugby with Club Nemman in the city. Colegio Cardenal Newman was established in March 1948 by Brother Joseph Ignatius Doorley a member of the Irish Christian Brothers. Brother Doorley was born in Carlow, Ireland in 1878. Before moving to Argentina, he had established several schools in the United States, including Iona College in New Rochelle, New York.

Following his time with Leinster Contepomi played for Toulon and Stade Francais before returning to Club Newman in 2013. Contepomi was a key player with the Argentine National (Los Pumas) team from 1998 to 2013. He was capped on 87 occasions. Playing at fly-half he scored 651 points during his international career. Following his retirement Contepomi was appointed coach of the Argentine National team in 2015.

Felipe Contepomi was born in the year 1977 On This Day.

Mauricio Macri presenta la Copa de la Ciudad de Bs As, con integrantes de los Pumas. (2 de 2) by Mauricio Macri on 2012-08-01 13:00:31

16 August-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 in 1977 he still remains one of the most popular music icons in the world.

Elvis Aaron Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, USA on January 8th 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 died at the age of 42 in the year 1977 On This Day.

Elvis Presley show 05 by Luiz Fernando Reis MMF on 2010-12-12 20:50:32

Elvis Presley Graceland portrait by Mr. Littlehand on 2013-01-18 13:43:14

23 October-Nick Vincent Murphy

Nick Vincent Murphy co-writer of MOONE BOY was born and raised in Kilkenny. Having graduated from TCD (Trinity College Dublin) in 2000 with a degree in English and History he did a master’s degree in film production at DIT (Dublin Institute of Technology). Apart from MOONE BOY he is also known for his work on the feature film Hideaways and the television drama The Running Mate. Winner of many awards Nick Vincent Murphy was born in Kilkenny in the year 1977 On This Day

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