01 December-Rural Electrification in Ireland

Paddy Dowling of Linkardstown, Tinryland County Carlow and William F. Roe of 25 Patrick Street Kilkenny, were among the first eleven employees of the ESB (Electricity Supply Board). They both played a leading role in the development of the ESB and in the rural electrification scheme in Ireland. The ESB is an electricity company operating in Ireland. The company which is 95% state owned was established in Ireland under Electricity Supply Act of 1927. It was one of the first major industrial undertakings of the newly established Irish state. Its purpose was take charge of existing electrical schemes in Ireland and take responsibility for Shannon Hydro-Electric Scheme then under construction.

Paddy Dowling was educated locally in Carlow and at Clongowes Wood College in Co Kildare. Following qualification as an engineer at the Royal College of Science for Ireland he began working with the ESB. William F Roe was educated locally in Kilkenny and also qualified as an engineer at the Royal College of Science for Ireland. He worked for a time with the Shannon Power Development Board before joining the newly established ESB. The Royal College of Science for Ireland became part of the faculty of Science and Engineering at University College Dublin in 1926.

When the Shannon Scheme was completed it supplied electricity to the cities and larger towns in Ireland. Smaller villages and rural areas were not connected to the grid. The rural electrification scheme commenced on November 5th 1946 at Killsallagahan in County Dublin. The scheme was led by William Roe and Paddy Dowling. Electricity was gradually brought to all parts of the country until 2003 when the islands of Inishturbot and Inishturk off the west coast were finally connected to the national grid.

Both Paddy Dowling and William Roe have been the recipients of several awards. A plaque commemorating the contribution of Paddy Dowling to the rural electrification scheme in Ireland was erected in his home village of Tinryland. A similar plaque commemorating the contribution of William Roe was erected at his birthplace in Patrick Street, Kilkenny City.

Paddy Dowling was awarded the ‘Carlow Person of the 20th Century’ by Carlow Historical & Archaeological Society in the year 1999 On This Day.

Evening Silhouette by Neil Tackaberry on 2013-04-06 19:10:19

Rural Electrification by Timitrius on 2011-03-14 14:07:15


28 November-Leighlinbridge Meteorite

Leighlinbridge is a picturesque and historic village located on the river Barrow about 10km south of Carlow town, Ireland. It is the location where the last meteorite to fall in Ireland was recovered. It is thought that it is the last known meteorite of the last millennium to have landed on earth and to have been recovered. The rock which is billions of years old was recovered by an elderly lady on December 12th 1999, a fortnight after it had fallen. The International Meteorite Nomenclature Committee has officially named the meteorite ‘Leighlinbridge’

Apart from the ‘Leighlinbridge’ at least eight other meteorites have been recovered in Ireland. Each one is named after the area in which it was found. The ‘Pettiswood’ landed in 1779 near Mullingar Co Westmeath. In 1810 the ‘Mooresoft’ landed near Lattin, Co Tipperary. The ‘Limerick’ fell to earth near Adare, Co Limerick in 1813. The ‘Killeter’ landed near the town of Castlederg Co Tyrone in 1844. In 1865 the ‘Dundrum’ fell near the village of Dundrum in Co Tipperary. The ‘Crumlin’ fell near Crumlin in Co Antrim in 1902 and in 1969 the ‘Bovedy’ fell near the town of Limavady in Co Derry. Parts of the meteorites are stored in the National Museum in Dublin and the Natural History Museum in London and the Smithsonian Institute in the US.

On the night the ‘Leighlinbridge’ fell to earth an exploding fireball lasting several seconds was observed over Carlow town. This was followed by a loud noise from the following sound waves, which were travelling more slowly and which caused houses to shake. Following the initial discovery on December 14th two more pieces of the meteorite were found later. A Scottish meteor dealer purchased the Leighlinbridge Meteor for £20,000. It was analysed at the National History Museum in London and a piece of the meteorite weighing about a gram was offered for sale in 2009 for £250.

The Leighlinbridge Meteorite lit up the night sky over Carlow as it fell to earth just after 10pm in the year 1999 On This Day.

Leighlinbridge by nilachseall on 2014-10-10 08:42:51

Awayland by David Bergin Photography on 2013-01-27 15:24:20

Barrow River at Leighlinbridge

19 November-Dunmore Cave

Dunmore Cave is located about 11 Km North of Kilkenny City, Ireland close to the road linking the city to Castlecomer town. The cave contains many passages and is 150 feet below the surface at its deepest. It has several calcite formations the most spectacular of which is known as the Market Cross, measuring over 5m high and 1.3m across. The cave is open to the public and was designated as a national monument in 1944.

Reference to the cave, which is a 300 million years old limestone formation, can be found in documents dating back centuries. The Annals, for instance, tell of a Viking massacre which occurred at the cave in 928 AD. Later investigations showed that the remains discovered were the bodies of nineteen female adults and twenty five children. Excavations at various times have uncovered bodies, coins, weapons and various artefacts dating back to Viking times. The cave is referred to in many publications including the Dublin Penny Journal. Kilkenny native Bishop George Berkeley wrote an account of a visit he made to the cave in 1706.

At the end of the 1999 tourist season, a tourist guide who was tidying up discovered a hoard of silver and bronze items which dated back to 970 AD. Among the items found were some coins from the North East of England and others from Baghdad. Officials described the find as “very exciting and of major significance”. The cave was closed to the public so that further archaeological works could be carried out. The announcement of the discovery of the hoard of coins and jewellery which was over 1,000 years old, and its transfer to the National Museum in Dublin was made on January 13th 2000. Following the archaeological works extensive redevelopment at the cave was undertaken before it was reopened to the public in 2003.

The hoard of coins and jewellery dating back over 1,000 years was discovered in Dunmore Cave in the year 1999 On This Day.

Dunmore Cave by Olivier Bruchez on 2011-08-01 17:23:32

Dunmore Cave photo

Dunmore Cave by Olivier Bruchez on 2011-08-01 16:32:37

Photo by Olivier Bruchez


27 September-LIT Tipperary

Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) is an institution of higher education in Limerick, Ireland which offers courses from undergraduate through to PhD. The Institute also caters for craft apprentices and adult and continuing education. LIT which has a student population of 7,000 has campuses in Limerick city, Thurles and Clonmel in County Tipperary and in Ennis, County Clare.

The campuses in Thurles and Clonmel are known as LIT Tipperary. They were formerly known as Tipperary Rural and Business Development Institute and operated under the name of Tipperary Institute. Tipperary Institute was opened in 1999. In 2011 it was merged with LIT and the name was changed to LIT Tipperary. LIT Tipperary provides courses fully accredited under the Higher Education and Training awards Council.

Tipperary Rural and Business Development Institute, now LIT Tipperary, was officially opened in the year 1999 On This Day.

Creators of Modern Warfare 3 networking technology meet LIT-Tipperary Students by RedCraig on 2012-01-11 12:12:10

Tipperary Institute Schoolworks 2007 by topgold on 2007-03-05 14:29:34


11 June-DeForest Kelley

DeForest Kelley was an American actor, author and singer who is best known for his role as Dr McCoy in the TV series Star Trek. Prior to Star Trek he acted in movies such as Fear in the Night, Variety Girl and in several Westerns. Kelley published two books of poetry.

Jackson DeForest Kelley was born in Toccoa, Georgia, USA on January 20th 1920. He was educated locally and graduated from high school in 1938. Kelley worked at various jobs, including local theatres and as a youth sang at his father’s church. During World War II he served in the United States Army Air Forces. He was assigned to the First Motion Picture Unit making propaganda and training films.

After the War Kelley joined Paramount Pictures. He played various roles in several films. He became famous as Dr Leonard “Bones” McCoy in the television series Star Trek which ran from 1966 to 1969. He later played the same role in the successful Star Trek Movies.

DeForest Kelley, who played Dr Leonard “Bones” McCoy of the USS Enterprise in Star Trek, died at the age of 79 at his home in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California in the year 1999 On This Day.

Dr. Leonard McCoy by Neil Tackaberry on 2011-09-06 22:26:31

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