21 January-DeLorean

DeLorean is a sports car which was manufactured by the DeLorean Motor Company at Dunmurry, near Belfast in Northern Ireland in the early 1980’s. The iconic car which was officially known as the DeLorean DMC-12 had a fibreglass chassis and a stainless steel body. The stainless panels for the DeLorean, were all produced at the Läpple Factory in Carlow, Ireland.

In 1981 John DeLorean began manufacturing the DeLorean DMC-12 sports car at the Dunmurry plant. The iconic sports car with gull-winged doors became famous as a modified time machine in the film ‘Back to the Future’. The car had a fibreglass chassis, a stainless steel body.

The stainless steel panels for the DeLorean, were all produced at the Läpple factory in Carlow. The panels were transferred by truck to Belfast. On at least one occasion the DMC (DeLorean Motor Corporation) needed panels urgently and sent a helicopter to Carlow to pick them up. Production began in 1981. However production was halted and the firm went into liquidation in early 1983. Over 9,000 DMC-12’s were produced.

The Delorean, the iconic sports car with gull-winged doors, began production at Dunmurry near Belfast in the year 1981 On This Day.

DeLorean at Google

 

 

 

06 January-AJ Cronin

AJ Cronin was a physician and novelist. His most famous novels include The Citadel, The Stars Look Down, Hatters Castle and The Keys of the Kingdom. Several of Cronin’s novels were adapted for film. The television series Dr Finlay’s Casebook was based on his novel Country Doctor.

Archibald Joseph Cronin was born in Cardross, Dunbartonshire, Scotland on July 19th 1896. Having completed second level education in 1914, he won a scholarship to study medicine at the University of Glasgow. He graduated with honours in 1919. He trained at various hospitals including the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin and was awarded an MD in 1925.

Having worked as a doctor in South Wales for a period Cronin was employed as medical inspector of mines before opening a practice in London in 1926. In 1930 due to ill health he was forced to take a break from his work as a doctor. He used the time to write his first novel, Hatter’s Castle. The novel was a success and Cronin never returned to practising medicine.

A J Cronin went on to write several successful novels. He moved with his family to the United States in 1939 where he lived until 1945. He returned to Europe and lived for a time at Raheny in Dublin before returning to the US in 1947. He returned to Europe in 1956 and settled in Switzerland.

AJ Cronin, physician and author of novels such as The Citadel, The Stars Look Down, Hatters Castle and The Keys of the Kingdom, died 84 in the year 1981 On This Day.

Gothic revival castle

 

 

04 August-Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle is a native of California. She is a former actress who married Prince Harry of Great Britain on May 19th 2018. Prince Harry is the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II. Meghan Markle is now Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex was born Rachel Meghan Markle in the year 1981 On This Day.

14 February-Stardust Fire

Stardust Memorial Park is located is located in Coolock on the north side of Dublin, Ireland. It is dedicated to the memory of the 48 people who lost their lives in a fire in February 1981 at the Stardust Nightclub in nearby Artane. The fire also resulted in over 200 people being injured, some seriously.

Over 800 people were attending a disco when the fire broke out at the Stardust Nightclub at 1.42am. The fire spread quickly. Lighting failed and patrons panicked as they tried escape. Several people were trampled on in the rush to the exits, some of which were locked. Dublin Fire Brigade fought the fire and hospitals in Dublin city were overwhelmed with casualties.

The Stardust fire in which 48 people lost their lives, occurred at the Stardust Nightclub in Artane, Dublin in the year 1981 On This Day.

Remembering The Stardust Disaster, Ireland’s worst-ever fire. 48 young people perished

The Stardust Disaster

Stardust Memorial Park

 

 

 

 

04 September- Beyoncé

Beyoncé is a singer and songwriter who is a native of the USA. She is also an actress and dancer who has had success both as a member of a girl group and as a solo artist. The recipient of numerous awards, Beyoncé is one of the world’s best-selling music artists.

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles was born in in Houston, Texas in 1981. She began performing at a young age and became lead singer of the R&B girl-group Destiny’s Child in 1996. The group was a major success selling 60 million records.

In 2006 Beyoncé began her solo career. With songs such as ‘Single Ladies’, ‘Drunk in Love’ and ‘Crazy in Love’ she has become one of the highest paid musicians in history and has won 22 Grammy awards. She has also starred in films such as ‘Austin Powers in Goldmember’ and ‘Dreamgirls’.

Beyoncé was born in Houston, Texas in the year 1981 On This Day.

Beyoncé