01 January-Kathryn Thomas

Television star Kathryn Thomas is a native of Carlow town, Ireland. She is the popular presenter of programmes such as The Voice of Ireland and Operation Transformation on RTE (Raidió Teilifís Éireann) television. Thomas began her broadcasting career while still a student at University.

Kathryn Thomas was born in Carlow in 1979 and received her primary education at Carlow National School. Having spent two years at St Leo’s College, Carlow, she went on to complete her second level education at King’s Hospital School in Dublin. Thomas then enrolled in UCD (University College Dublin) where she studied English, Sociology. She has successfully completed all the London Guildhall acting exams (to Grade 8).

Kathryn Thomas began her television career as co-presenter of the youth sports show Rapid on RTE. She went on to present the popular travel show ‘No Frontiers’ visiting places as diverse as New Zealand, Namibia and America. She began presenting ‘Winning Streak’ with Derek Mooney in 2008. In 2011 she left Winning Streak and became the presenter of the very popular Operation Transformation on RTE 1. She also frequently works as a presenter on RTE Radio.

Thomas is a member of a well-known Carlow family. The family firm Thompson Engineering has built and installed many well-known landmarks in various locations in Ireland and abroad, including the Millennium Bridge which spans the River Liffey near Dublin city centre. She gives generously of her time in support of many events in her native Carlow. In an interview in 2014, Thomas is reported to have said her resolution for 2015 is to say ‘no’ more frequently. In 2015 she established Pure Results Boot Camp on Inish Beg Island off the west coast of Cork. The successful company offers participants ‘a three week diet, fitness and wellbeing programme’.

Kathryn Thomas was born in Carlow in the year 1979 On This Day.

RTE’s WINTER SEASON LAUNCH [Kathryn Thomas – TV Presenter] REF-107008 by infomatique on 2015-08-13 11:57:22


07 December-Central Bank of Ireland

The headquarters of the Central Bank of Ireland is located on Dame Street in Dublin. The building caused a lot of controversy during and following its construction and it was also the subject of widespread criticism. Described as having a bold outline it can be seen from many streets in the Temple Bar area of Dublin City.

Under the Central bank Act of 1942 the Central Bank of Ireland was established on February 1st 1943. The Currency Commission, which had been established in 1927, was dissolved on the same date. It had overseen the introduction of the new Irish currency in 1928.

On November 7th 1967 the Central bank announced a proposal to erect the present building on Dame Street. The announcement indicated that the building would be “specifically designed to meet the present and foreseen requirements of the Bank”. Architect Sam Stephenson designed the building which is one of the few structures of its type in the world. Each floor of the building was constructed on the ground and had all its fittings in place before it was then lifted into place. Each floor was then suspended, using steel trusses, from two central service structures.

Controversy occurred initially when some buildings on Dame Street, dating from the 18th century, were demolished to make way for the new building. During construction, which lasted from 1972 to 1978, it emerged that the building would exceed the height allowed for in planning permission. This led to a suspension of building work in July 1973. It took almost two years to resolve the planning difficulties. Construction resumed again in the spring of 1975. The building was finally completed in June 1978. The ‘Golden Tree’ (Crann an Óir) was installed on the plaza of the Central Bank to mark Dublin’s year as European City of Culture in 1991.

Today the unique building is the headquarters for the Central Bank & Financial Services Authority of Ireland. They are the institutions with responsibility for the supervision and control of all banks and financial institutions in Ireland. It was recently announced that the Central Bank will relocate to new a new site on the North Wall Quay in Dublin.

The Central Bank of Ireland building on Dame Street, Dublin was officially opened in the year 1979 On This Day.

Central Bank Dame Street photo


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Central Bank of Ireland photo

Crann An Or – The Golden Tree by infomatique on 2006-07-09 16:11:50

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NEW CENTRAL BANK IN THE DOCKLANDS [UNDER CONSTRUCTION]-116152 by infomatique on 2016-05-14 17:51:59

29 September-Pope John Paul II Visits Ireland

Pope John Paul II visited Ireland in 1979. He was the first pontiff in history to visit Ireland. During the three days he spent in the country the Pope visited Dublin, Drogheda, Galway, Knock, Clonmacnoise, Maynooth and Limerick. He was greeted by large crowds at every location. Over 1.25 million people welcomed him at a special mass in the Phoenix Park on the first day of his visit.

Pope John Paul II arrived at Dublin Airport in the year 1979 On This Day.

DSC01543, Papal Cross at Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland. by lyng883 on 2006-09-02 07:41:49


13 August-1979 Fastnet Race

The Fastnet Race is a yacht race from Cowes, Isle of Wight off the coast of England to the Fastnet Rock off the coast of Cork, Ireland. The race over 974km (605 miles) is generally held every 2 years. Eighteen people died in a storm during the 1979 race. The inaugural Fastnet Race was held in 1925.

In 1979 the Fastnet Race started on August 11th with 306 yachts taking part. A worse than expected storm wreaked havoc on the participants during the race. Five yachts were sunk and 177, either suffered knock down or were overturned. Though a large rescue operation from Ireland and England was mounted, 15 yachtsmen and 3 rescuers died.

Eighteen people died in storm during the Fastnet Race in the year 1979 On This Day.

Fastnet Race by david.nikonvscanon on 2013-08-11 13:43:59

Fastnet Race 1979 by Ludovic_P on 2011-07-16 15:53:18

Fastnet Rock by singlefin on 2005-01-01 00:00:00

31 May-RTÉ 2FM

RTÉ 2FM is one of nine radio stations operated in Ireland by Raidió Teilifís Éireann. The station concentrates on broadcasting popular music catering for a young audience. 2FM, which has as its slogan ‘The Sound Of The Nation’ is the second most popular national radio station in Ireland.

Radio broadcasting became popular after World War I. Ireland was one of the first countries in Europe to begin radio broadcasting, when 2RN (now RTÉ 1) was launched on January 1st 1926. RTÉ 1 continues to broadcast and is the most listened to station in Ireland.

By 1979 a large number of pirate radio stations had been established in Ireland. RTÉ 2 was developed in response to the pirate radio stations. The station, which concentrated on popular music, also broadcast news and current affairs.

During the following decades the station went through numerous changes. In 1988 the station was rebranded as 2FM. The station has successfully kept pace with developments in music and entertainment.

RTÉ 2FM began broadcasting as RTÉ 2 in the year 1979 On This Day.

RTE_DAB_2FM_Scrolling_Text by mike.walsh on 2008-04-24 15:42:50

Ryan Tubridy REF-101806 by infomatique on 2015-03-04 13:16:31