08 March-International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day 2019.

The Campaign theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is #BalanceforBetter. A balanced world is a better world. International Women’s day has its origins in events in New York in 1907. In that year a group of women working in the clothing industry ‘sweatshops’ held a march to protest at wages and working conditions. The march was attacked by the police and a similar march was held on March 8th the following year.

The first International Women’s Day was held in 1911. From small beginnings it has become a day set aside when governments, corporations, institutions and women groups have the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality.

In Ireland a series of events are held each year on and around March 8th in celebration of International Women’s Day.

International Women’s Day is celebrated each year On This Day.

International Womens Day photo

 

 

 

 

27 October-St Abban

St Abban’s Athletic Club is located in Co Laois about 10km (6 Miles) west of Carlow town, Ireland. St Abban (Abbán) was an abbot and Irish missionary during the 6th century AD. He was the son of King Cormac of Leinster and is particularly associated with Co Wexford.

As a youth, Abbán was sent to Wexford to study with his uncle St Ibar. Ibar was a bishop and Abbán travelled with him to Rome. Following his training Abbán established several monasteries and churches. The best known of his foundations were in Adamstown (formerly Abbanstown), Co Wexford and Killabban, Co Laois. He is also said to have founded a monastery in Nurney Co Carlow.

The Feast Day of St Abban is celebrated every year On This Day.

Relief of Saint Abban, Church of St. Mary and St. Michael, New Ross

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12 October-Columbus Day

Columbus Day is a national holiday in several countries in North and South America. It is also celebrated in Spain and Italy. The day celebrates the anniversary of the landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World. Christopher Columbus was an explorer and navigator who was a native of Genoa, Italy. He is known as ‘the man who discovered America’. He was hoping to find a new route to India when he landed in the New World on October 12th 1492. His discovery changed the course of world history.

Columbus had failed to get support from Portugal, France and England for his ‘enterprise of the Indies’. However, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain agreed to sponsor the Expedition. On August 3rd 1492 Columbus sailed from Palos de la Frontera in Southwestern Spain. Ten weeks later he landed in the Bahamas. He believed he had discovered a new route to India. He claimed all the newly discovered territories for Spain.

The first celebration of Columbus Day was held in New York City in 1792. In the same year the first monument honouring Christopher Columbus was dedicated in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1892, in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Columbus landing the original version of the Pledge of Allegiance was first recited in public schools in the United States. The celebration of Columbus Day has been opposed by various groups and organisations in recent years.

Columbus Day, on the anniversary of the landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World, is celebrated every year On This Day.

Columbus photo

 

13 September-Programmers’ Day

Programmers’ Day, also referred to as The Day of the Programmer, is celebrated on the 256th day of each year. The day celebrates the work of computer programmers and the effect their work has on our everyday lives. It was proposed by Valentin Balt and Michael Cherviakov and a decree recognising the day was signed by Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev in 2009.

The 256th day of the year was chosen as Programmers’ Day because this is the number of distinct values that can be represented with an eight-bit byte. It is also the highest power of two which is less than 365.

Programmers’ Day is celebrated every year (except Leap Years, when it is celebrated the previous day), On This Day.

International Programmers Day

23 June-Bonfire Night

Bonfires are lit in many parts of Ireland on June 23rd to celebrate St John’s Eve. Though it was once widely celebrated throughout the country, it takes place nowadays mostly in the west. Fires are lit around sunset and the evening is a festive occasion for the local community. It is believed to be an ancient pre Christian custom which celebrated the Summer Solstice.

The ancient pre Christian custom of lighting bonfires on what is now St John’s Eve occurs in many parts of Ireland every year On This Day.

Bonfire Night Buncrana