03 January-Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher was the first female British Prime Minister. She served as leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990 and as Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990. Thatcher was the longest serving Prime Minister of Britain since 1827.

Margaret Thatcher was born Margaret Hilda Roberts in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England on October 13th 1925. She studied chemistry at the University of Oxford, graduating in 1947. She worked as a research chemist whilst studying law. She began practicing as a barrister in 1954.

In 1959 Margaret Thatcher was elected as Conservative MP for the constituency of Finchley. She rose through the ranks of the Conservative Party and was elected leader on February 11th 1975. The Conservative Party won the 1979 British General Election. On May 4th 1979 Thatcher was elected Prime Minister. She served as Prime Minister until 1990.

Margaret Thatcher became the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century in the year 1988 On This Day.





13 June-Molly Malone

Molly Malone is a ballad which tells the fictional story of a Dublin woman called Molly Malone. She was a fishmonger who wheeled her barrow through the streets of Dublin selling cockles and mussels. According to the ballad ‘she died of a fever’. Now her ghost haunts the streets of Dublin.

The city of Dublin celebrated its millennium in 1988. As part of the celebrations a statue of Molly Malone was erected at the junction of Grafton Street and Suffolk Street near the city centre. The statue was unveiled by the Lord Mayor of Dublin in June 1988 on Molly Malone Day. It has become a major tourist attraction and is often referred to as ‘The Tart with the Cart’.

Molly Malone is now regarded as the unofficial anthem of Dublin city. It has been recorded by several artists in Ireland and abroad and has featured in movies and television shows. For generations it has been sung by supporters of the Ireland National Rugby team and by the supporters of several football teams in Ireland and abroad.

Molly Malone day was declared in the year 1988 On This Day.

Molly Malone



02 August-First All-Female Aer Lingus Crew

Aer Lingus, the Irish airline, was founded on April 15th 1936. Today just over 10% of Aer Lingus pilots are female. Though this figure is low, it is better than the international average of just 3% female pilots. Around 4,000 of the pilots in the world are female.

Just over forty years after the airline was founded Aer Lingus appointed its first female pilot. Grainne Cronin took up duty on April 29th 1979. Ms Cronin, who was 23 years old was a native of Ennis Co Clare and the daughter Aer Lingus Captain Phelim Cronin.

Grainne Cronin went on to become a captain. She made history again in 1988 as captain of the first all-female Aer Lingus crew. The flight from Dublin to Shannon aboard a Shorts 360 aircraft, had Grainne in command and Elaine Egan as first officer. By 2008 there were over 500 pilots working at Aer Lingus and around 10% were female. In that year Davina Pratt became the first female chief pilot and director of flight operations at the airline.

The first Aer Lingus flight, with an all-female crew of Captain Grainne Cronin and Co-Pilot Elaine Egan flew from Dublin to Shannon in the year 1988 On This Day.

Aer Lingus Shorts 360 by Ian A Gratton on 2013-10-09 22:26:32