23 March-Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor was an actress who became one the most popular Hollywood film stars of the 1950’s and 60’s. Taylor, who began her career as a child actress was noted for her beauty and violet eyes. During her lifetime she became a well-known figure who in her later years began to focus her attention on philanthropy.

Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was born to American parents near London, England on February 27th 1932. Her parents, who were art dealers moved with their family back to the United States shortly after the outbreak of World War II. Taylor was seven years old at the time. She played in her first movie, ‘There’s One Born Every Minute’ in 1942 at the age of ten. She achieved stardom for her part in the movie ‘National Velvet’ in 1944.

During her career Elizabeth Taylor starred in over sixty movies, appeared in several television shows and was the recipient of numerous awards. She was nominated for six Academy Awards, winning on two occasions. She won her first Academy Award for Best Actress in ‘Butterfield 8’ in 1960. She won the award again in 1966, also for Best Actress, in ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’. It was the film of which she was most proud.

Elizabeth Taylor married her first husband, Conrad Hilton, in 1950. In total she was married seven times to eight men. She was married to actor Richard Burton on two occasions. Mike Todd, a film producer, was Taylor’s third husband. He was the only one of her seven husbands whom she did not divorce. He died in a plane crash in 1958. Todd won an Academy Award for his production of the movie Around the World in 80 Days. His son Mike Todd Jr, also a film producer, lived in Borris, County Carlow, Ireland.

Taylor was the recipient of several awards during her lifetime. She received the French Légion d’honneur in 1987 and was made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2000. She was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal for her humanitarian work in 2001.

Elizabeth Taylor died at the 79 in the year 2011 On This Day.

Elizabeth Taylor




17 March-Duckett’s Grove Paranormal Investigations

Duckett’s Grove lies a few miles east of Carlow town, Ireland. It is a 19th-century Gothic revival building which was badly damaged in a fire on April 20th 1933. It has several towers and turrets varying in shape and size which have recesses containing statues. Several paranormal groups have carried out investigations at Duckett’s Grove over recent years. At least two of the investigations have formed the basis for television programmes.

Situated on what was once a 5,000 hectare estate, Duckett’s Grove was the home of the Duckett family during the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries. The ruined gothic style mansion, with its walled gardens and surrounding grounds were purchased by Carlow County Council in 2005. Though the house remains a ruin, extensive restoration has been carried out. The walled gardens and pleasure grounds are now open to the public and have become a major visitor attraction.

Due to what were described as ‘unexplained phenomena’ Duckett’s Grove has the attracted the attention of those people interested in the paranormal. The paranormal television series Destination Truth did a four hour on-site live investigation to see if the ruins were haunted. The programme was broadcast on the US cable and satellite channel Syfy. . Killarney Paranormal Society has also carried out investigations at the castle.

The TV programme Destination Truth made live broadcast of a search for a Banshee from Duckett’s Grove, Carlow on SyFy Channel in the year 2011 On This Day.

Duckett’s Grove

Ducketts Grove



09 February-Richie Kavanagh

Richie Kavanagh is an award winning entertainer from Carlow, Ireland. In 2011 at the age of 61 he announced in an interview with Sue Nunn of KCLR (Kilkenny & Carlow Local Radio) that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Despite the announcement Kavanagh continues to perform and launched his latest album, ‘My Girlfriend Has New iPhone’, in September 2015.

Richie Kavanagh was born in Raheenwood, Fenagh, Co Carlow, Ireland on March 19th 1949. He had his first hit with ‘Aon Focal Eile’ (One More Word). The song, which was first played on local radio, became a national runaway hit when the late Gerry Ryan began playing it on his morning show on RTE radio. It reached Number One in 1996 and stayed in the charts for 27 weeks. The song, which earned Richie an Irish Recorded Music Award (IRMA) caused some controversy and was banned by some of the BBC radio stations.

Kavanagh has gone on to have hits with songs such as ‘Mickey’s Buckin’ Ass’, ‘Me Girlfriends Pussy Cat’ and ‘If I didn’t get a Ride’. He also writes and records songs which celebrate the heritage of his native Carlow. Today Kavanagh is still writing, recording and playing to packed venues in Ireland, England, America and Monte Carlo. He has said that being diagnosed with Parkinson’s has made him determined to make the most of his life and that as long as his voice holds up he will continue to perform. His latest album My Girlfriend Has New iPhone was released at the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska Co Laois in September 2015.

Richie Kavanagh made the announcement that he had being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease on the Sue Nunn Show on KCLR in the year 2011 On This Day.

iPhone photo


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02 September-1904 All Ireland Medal

Kilkenny senior hurling team won their first All-Ireland Championship when they beat Cork in 1904. The game was not played until June 1906. One of the players for Kilkenny was Jack Anthony from Piltown. The medal which he was awarded for the win along with other medals was rescued from the melting pot in 2011 when a cash for gold outlet contacted Mealy Auctioneers, Castlecomer for a valuation.

The story of the rescued medals was reported in the media in the year 2011 On This Day.


03 June-Peter Murphy

Peter Murphy from Clonegal, Co Carlow, Ireland was a radio and television broadcaster. He was best known as the host of the weekly RTE programme Cross Country Quiz during the 1970’s. Through his involvement with farmers organisations he became well known throughout Ireland and was often referred to as ‘the voice of rural Ireland’.

Peter David Murphy was born in Huntington, Clonegal Co Carlow on January 21st 1923. He was educated locally and at Carnew Vocational School, Carnew Co Wexford. Having completed second level education he went on to graduate from Warrenstown Agricultural College in Drumree Co Meath. An active sportsman Murphy played handball and cricket. He also played Gaelic Football at all levels for County Carlow.

After graduation from Warrenstown Murphy became involved with Macra na Feirme, a voluntary rural youth organisation. He was appointed National Organiser of Macra na Feirme in 1953. He later played a leading role in the establishment of the National Farmers’ Association (now Irish Farmers Association) which was founded in Dublin on January 6th 1955.

Peter Murphy’s distinctive speaking voice made him a popular choice as presenter of many sponsored radio programmes between 1961 and 1979. Some of the companies for which he presented sponsored radio programmes, included the Irish Farmers Journal, ACC (Agricultural Credit Corporation) and Bank of Ireland.

However, it was through television that Murphy was to become most widely recognised. His big break came as a presenter on the 1960s agricultural series Landmark on RTE. This led to the roles of question-master and question-setter from 1969 to 1973 on the Cross Country Quiz TV programme. He compiled 14 quiz books based on the series between 1973 and 1988. Though Murphy retired in 1992 he still continued for many years to act as quizmaster at venues all over Ireland.

Peter Murphy, ‘the voice of rural Ireland’, died at the age of 88 in the year 2011 On This Day.

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