12 February-Peanuts Cartoon

Charles M Schulz was an award winning cartoonist who was a native of the United States. He is best known as the creator of the popular comic strip ‘Peanuts’. The strip which featured characters such as Charlie Browne and Snoopy became a global publication. It was published in over 2000 newspapers around the world. Charles M Schulz received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1996.

Charles Monroe Schulz was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on November 20th 1922. Educated locally, he was interested in drawing from a young age. His drawing of the family dog ‘Spike’ was published when he was 15 years old. Schulz began submitting drawings to various publications and on October 2nd 1950 ‘Peanuts was published for the first time. Its popularity grew quickly. Over almost 50 years the comic strip appeared in publications in 75 countries around the world.

Charles M Schulz, the cartoonist who created the popular comic strip ‘Peanuts’ died aged 77 in the year 2000 On This Day.


24 September-Westlife

Westlife was a hugely successful Irish boyband which was active from 1998 until it disbanded in June 2012. The band consisted of Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily, Shane Filan and Brian McFadden. In 2000, Westlife made popular music history when they became the first band to have six consecutive singles go straight to the top of the UK charts.

Westlife was formed on July 3rd 1998. The band had its first hit with ‘Swear It Again’ in April 1999. In total the band had 14 number one singles in the United Kingdom. Westlife sold over 50 million records worldwide. It is the holder of four Guinness World Records, including the 21st century top-selling album group in the UK.

Westlife was an Irish boyband which made British pop history by becoming the first act to have six consecutive number one singles, in the year 2000 On This Day.




24 July-Judge John Garavan

John Garavan was a native of Castlebar Co Mayo, Ireland. He served as district court judge in Co Galway for more than two decades. During his time on the bench Judge Garavan is reported to have often cracked jokes and engaged in banter. His remarks sometimes caused controversy.

In 2000, Cuba nightclub in Galway applied for an extension of its opening hours. Sitting in court to hear the application the judge remarked, ‘I hear from respectable young men that they can’t meet nice respectable girls in these nightclubs. The girls they meet there are dreadful, at least that is what I am told’. He refused the application and his remark caused controversy. Judge Garavan stepped down from the bench in 2003.

Judge John Garavan refused to extend late night opening hours in a Galway nightclub, because the women frequenting them are ‘dreadful and not respectable’, in the year 2000 On This Day.

Galway City



02 July-Joey Dunlop

Joey Dunlop was a native of Northern Ireland. He was a world champion motorcyclist who won the TT (Tourist Trophy) Formula One world title on five consecutive occasions (1982-1986). He is widely regarded as one of the most popular and most successful motorcyclist racers of all time.

William Joseph Dunlop was born in Ballymoney, Co Antrim on February 25th 1952. He began racing in 1969 and made his Isle of Man debut in 1976. He went on to win 26 races in total on the Isle of Man. He also won the Ulster Grand Prix 24 times and the North West 200 13 times. In 1986 he was awarded the MBE for his services to motorcycling. He was also awarded and OBE for his humanitarian work in 1996.

Joey Dunlop died at the age of 48 while leading a race in Tallinn, Estonia in the year 2000 On This Day.

Joey Dunlop Memorial Garden

Joey Dunlop

1976 Ford Transit





10 April-Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel is the first woman to hold the office of Chancellor of Germany. She is also the first female leader of her political party, the Christian Democratic Union. In May 2015 Forbes named Angela Merkel the most powerful woman in the world.

Angela Merkel was born Angela Dorothea Kasner in Hamburg on July 17th 1954, but grew up in the former East Germany. Her family moved there in 1954 shortly after she was born. Her father, who was a Lutheran minister had been appointed as pastor in the town of Quitzow near Perleberg about 80km north of Berlin in what was then East Germany.

At school Angela Merkel was a prize winning student. She excelled at languages, became fluent in Russian and won trip to Moscow. Following second level education she studied Physics at the University of Leipzig from 1973 to 1978. After graduation she studied and worked at the Academy of Sciences in Berlin-Adlershof. She was awarded a doctorate in 1990 for her thesis on quantum chemistry.

Following the fall of the Berlin Wall and German reunification Angela Merkel was elected to the Bundestag for the constituency of Stralsund – Nordvorpommern – Rügen in north eastern Germany. She has been re-elected to serve that constituency at every election since 1990. During the following years she was appointed to various ministries by the then Chancellor Helmut Kohl. Helmut Kohl was defeated in the general election of 1998 and Angela Merkel was appointed secretary general of the CDU (Christian Democratic Union of Germany). In 2000 she became leader of the CDU when she defeated Wolfgang Schäuble to become the first female leader of a political party in Germany.

Following the 2005 general election Angela Merkel became the first female Chancellor of Germany. She was re-elected Chancellor in 2009 and again in 2013. During her time as Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel has had a consistently high rating in opinion polls. She is the recipient of numerous awards both in Germany and internationally.

Angela Merkel became the first female leader of a German political party in the year 2000 On This Day.

Angela Merke