13 April-F W Woolworth

Woolworth was an international retail company. It was founded by Frank Winfield Woolworth in Utica, New York on February 22nd 1878. During the 20th century it became one of the largest retail chains in the world. Woolworth’s had stores in Ireland, including one at 24/25 Tullow Street Carlow in Carlow town.

Frank Winfield Woolworth was born into a farming family in Rodman, New York in 1852. In 1873, he began working as a stock boy in a general store. He observed how a clearance by the store of leftover items at reduced prices was a success. He opened his own five-and-ten-cent stores which became very successful.

Following its foundation the Woolworth Corporation began to expand. By 1904 the corporation was operating stores across the US and Canada. Woolworth’s opened its first store in Great Britain in the city of Liverpool in 1909. The first Woolworth store in Ireland opened on Grafton Street in Dublin in 1914. F W Woolworth was one of the wealthiest people in the world at the time of his death on April 8th 1919

Following the opening of the store in Dublin in 1914 further Woolworth stores were opened across Ireland. These included stores at 24/25 Tullow Street Carlow and at 91/92 High Street Kilkenny. By the 1980’s the Woolworth business was in decline. All Woolworth stores in Ireland were closed down in 1984 and the company went out of business and ceased trading on July 17th 1997.

F W Woolworth founder of the Woolworth international retail business was born in New York in the year 1852 On This Day.




12 April-‘Rock Around the Clock’

‘Rock Around the Clock’ is a rock and roll song which has been called the The National Anthem of Rock ‘n’ Roll. It was recorded in New York in 1954 by Bill Haley & His Comets. The song became a No 1 hit and recordings sold in their millions around the world.

Bill Haley was a singer, musician and songwriter who was native of the United States. He is considered by many to be the father of ‘Rock and Roll’. Haley’s was a member of a musical family and he was influenced by country music. His musical genres included: Rock and roll, country and rockabilly.

‘Rock Around the Clock’ was written in 1952 by songwriter and lyricist Max C. Freedman and songwriter and music publisher James E. Myers. It was recorded as the B-side of the song ‘Thirteen Women’. It became a hit in 1955 following its use in the film ‘Blackboard Jungle’. The song was No 1 hit and became wildly popular with teenagers around the world. It has featured in several films and has been recorded in over 30 languages.

‘Rock Around the Clock’, a song which has been called the The National Anthem of Rock ‘n’ Roll, was recorded by Bill Hayley & His Comets in the year 1954 On This Day.

Rock Around The Clock

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11 April-St Mogue

Clonmore is a village located in the north-east of Co Carlow, Ireland. It has a population of around 400. The village is named after St Mogue ( Naomh Maodhóg). He built a monastery and founded a religious community in the area in the early part of the sixth century.

St Mogue was descended from Dunlang who, at the end of the third century, was King of Leinster. St Mogue established a religious community in Clonmore around the year 530 AD. Known for working many miracles during his lifetime St Mogue worked to promote peace amongst the Irish Chieftains of the time.

The Feast Day of St Mogue, Abbot (in the 6th century) of Clonmore, Co Carlow, Ireland is celebrated every year On This Day.

Image from page 272 of “Lives of the Irish saints : with special festivals, and the commemorations of holy persons, compiled from calendars, martyrologies and various sources, relating to the ancient Church history of Ireland” (1875)


10 April-Grattan Bridge Dublin

Grattan Bridge is one of twenty four road, rail and passenger bridges which span the river Liffey in the greater Dublin area. The bridge connects Parliament Street and the south quays to Capel Street. It is named in honour of the politician Henry Grattan (1746-1820). Grattan was one of the leaders of the opposition to the Act of Union of 1800.

Located 800m upriver from the Ha’penny Bridge, Grattan Bridge was originally known as Essex Bridge. Essex Bridge was constructed in 1676, but was damaged by a flood in 1687. Various repairs were carried out but the old bridge was demolished in 1753. The new Essex Bridge was opened in 1755.

In 1874 Essex Bridge having been remodelled and pavements added was reopened as Grattan Bridge. A stone built road-bridge, it has cast iron supports extending on either side carrying pavements. The cast iron lamp standards on the bridge represent the mythical hippocampus.

Grattan Bridge, one of twenty four road, rail and passenger bridges which span the river Liffey in the greater Dublin area, was opened as Essex Bridge in the year 1755 On This Day.

Grattan Bridge – Dublin

Grattan Bridge Lamp Standard

Grattan [Essex] Bridge – Dublin

09 April- Hugh Hefner

Hugh Hefner was a native of Chicago, Illinois. He was a journalist and founder of Playboy Magazine. The magazine is famous for its centrefolds of nude and semi-nude models who are called Playmates. Hefner founded Playboy Magazine on October 1st 1953. Today it is a global publication with a circulation of almost 700,000.

Hugh Marston Hefner was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1926. He was educated locally and served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946. Following military service he studied at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He graduated with a BA in psychology and creative writing in 1949. Following graduation he worked for a time with Esquire Magazine.

In 1953 Hefner raised $8,000, which included $1,000 from his mother, to establish Playboy Magazine. The first issue had Marilyn Monroe as a centrefold. The publication was a success and today Playboy is one of the world’s best known brands. Hugh Hefner became a multi-millionaire. He was also a political activist and philanthropist. He died at his home in Los Angeles, California on September 27th 2017.

Hugh Hefner, journalist and founder of Playboy Magazine was born in the year 1926 On This Day.

Hugh Hefner