03 November-Kilkenny City Library

Kilkenny City Library is located on John’s Quay, Kilkenny city, Ireland. The library was built with the help of a grant of £2,100 from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. The grant was awarded in 1908. It is one of over 2,500 ‘Carnegie’ libraries established with the aid of Carnegie grants in the United States, Britain, Canada, Ireland and other English-speaking countries.

The foundation stone was laid in 1908. When construction was completed in 1910 the library was handed over to Kilkenny Corporation. Membership of the library was free to residents of Kilkenny City. Lady Desart performed the opening ceremony using a silver key supplied by Kilkenny jeweller P.T. Murphy

Kilkenny City Library, Kilkenny, Ireland which was established with the aid of a Carnegie grant, was officially opened in the year 1910 On This Day.

KILKENNY CITY CARNEGIE LIBRARY ON JOHN’S QUAY [SONY 28-135 LENS]-115848 by infomatique on 2016-05-09 16:38:50

03 November-Stroan Fountain Co Kilkenny

Stroan Fountain is located near Kilfane Church about 5km from Thomastown Co Kilkenny, Ireland. The fountain was built by Colonel Bush of Kilfane House in 1766. He built it to provide access to water for the people of Kilfane House Estate. A panel on the fountain is inscribed: ‘Erected by subscription by permission of the landlord Gervase Bushe. Designed and arranged by Thomas Seigne’.

Stroan Fountain is an attractive feature. It is constructed of Kilkenny limestone and is cylindrical in shape. Lack of maintenance over a long period had led to deterioration of the structure. Restoration has recently been carried out on the fountain. The restoration, which began in 2009, was carried out by The Follies Trust and Kilkenny County Council.

The restoration work was completed in 2010. A lecture to mark the successful conclusion of the conservation work on Stroan Fountain was given by Right Reverend Michael Burrows Bishop of Cashel and Ossory.

The lecture by Bishop Burrows about the Stroan Fountain in Co Kilkenny  was given at the Heritage Council Offices in Kilkenny in the year 2010 On This Day.

Representative view of fountain.

Stroan Fountain, Kilfane, County Kilkenny.

Department of Arts, Heritage and
the Gaeltacht.

06 October-Instagram

Instagram is a popular photo-sharing and video-sharing internet application. It is a social networking service which was developed in San Francisco, California in 2010. The application is now owned by Facebook. As well as sharing photos and videos, Instagram users can also add captions.

Instagram was created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger. Kevin Systrom is a programmer who is a native of Massachusetts. Mike Krieger is a software engineer who is a native of Brazil. Following its launch Instagram quickly gained users. Today it has over a billion users and continues to grow in popularity. It is now an international company with offices around the world

Instagram, a popular photo-sharing and video-sharing social networking service, was launched in the year 2010 On This Day.

Instagram photo




28 October-Chile

Chile is located along South America’s western coast. It is one of the most stable and prosperous countries in South America. In 1818 it declared independence from Spain. It celebrates its National Day each year on September 18th. Bernardo O Higgins and John (Juan) MacKenna played a central role in Chile’s fight for independence from the Spanish Empire.

Bernardo O Higgins whose Sligo born father Ambrose was the governor of Chile became the first head of state of Independent Chile. There is a monument to O Higgins in Merrion Square in Dublin. John (Juan) MacKenna from Monaghan town was Commandant-General of the Chilean Army during the war of independence. There is a bust of General MacKenna in Monaghan County Museum.

Stamps to celebrate the roles of Bernardo O Higgins and Juan MacKenna in Chilean Independence were jointly issued by the Irish Post Office and the Chilean Post Office in the year 2010 On This Day.

Libertador General Bernardo O’Higgins

Merrion Square – Dublin


13 October-Chilean Mining Accident

The ‘Chilean Mining Accident’ began on August 5th 2010. It led to 33 men being trapped at a depth of 700 meters (2,300 feet) underground, when a cave-in occurred at a gold and copper mine in Northern Chile. The miners were rescued and Mincon, an Irish engineering company based at Shannon Co Clare, played a crucial role in the rescue.

In order to locate the trapped miners exploratory bore-holes were drilled. A Mincon drill made the first breakthrough. The trapped miners attached a note to the drill which read: ‘We are well in the shelter, the 33 of us’. The rescue began and eventually the men were all brought safely to the surface.

The 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground for 69 days were all rescued in the year 2010 On This Day.

Chile rescue