27 November-Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix was a musician, singer and songwriter who was a native of Washington State, USA. Though he had a short career he became one of the most influential musicians in the history of Rock Music. His innovative guitar playing was a feature of his exciting performances.

Johnny Allen Hendrix was born in Seattle, Washington in November 1942. He was of Irish, African American and Cherokee ancestry. He began playing the guitar at the age of 15. By the time he appeared at the Woodstock Festival in 1969 Hendrix was the highest paid performer in the world. ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ was one of his most memorable performances at Woodstock. Hendrix was the headline performer at the Isle of Wight Festival in England in 1970. He died at the age of 27 in Kensington, London on September 18th 1970.

Jimi Hendrix, musician, singer and songwriter was born in the year 1942 On This Day.

HENDRIX 65 by danorth1 on 2007-11-27 17:45:44

26 November-Ireland’s Own

Ireland’s Own is the longest running and bestselling family magazine in Ireland. Published weekly by People Newspapers in Wexford town it has a circulation of over 50,000 in Ireland and abroad. It is one of hundreds of weekly and monthly, national and regional magazines published in Ireland. Ireland’s Own continues to be as popular as ever, over one hundred years after it was first published.

Ireland’s Own grew out of a tradition of Irish magazines which began to be published in the middle of the 19th century. These magazines were aimed at an Irish readership and they prioritised the work of Irish authors. They were designed to meet the increasing demand for Irish related material from a growing literate population.

The first editor of Ireland’s Own was John Mellifont Walsh. The front page of the new magazine, which cost one penny, carried an ‘Address to the First Number’. There were also six other articles including ‘Ballooning in a Thunderstorm’, ‘Silkworms in New York’ and ‘Some Irish Bon Mots’. The magazine was described as having something for all the family. It was, and still remains non-political and non-sectarian.

Today Ireland’s Own continues as a non-glossy, old-fashioned publication which has remained true to its traditions while managing to adapt to the modern era. Every week it has regular features, short stories, articles on history and a section for children. Using the publicity slogan ‘The Week Wouldn’t Be the Same Without It’ the publishers say that ‘many people have rightly observed that it is amazing the diversity of interesting material that can be packed into one magazine every week’

The first edition of Ireland’s Own was published in Wexford town in the year 1902 On This Day.

A sample of some of our cover stories from over the years.

Samples of Ireland’s Own magazine

Courtesy Ireland’s Own

Wexford photo

Main Street, Wexford by Poole Studios by National Library of Ireland on The Commons on 1895-01-01 00:00:00

Photo by National Library of Ireland on The Commons


24 November-Peadar Kearney-Amhrán na bhFiann

Peadar Kearney who wrote the lyrics of the Soldier’s Song (Amhrán na bhFiann) was a native of Dublin, Ireland. The Soldier’s Song is the Irish National Anthem. Kearney also composed several other songs including, ‘Down by the Glenside’ and ‘The Tri-coloured Ribbon’. He was a founder of the Irish Volunteers and fought in the Easter Rising of 1916.

Peadar Kearney was born on Lower Dorset Street, Dublin on December 12th 1883. Having left school at age 14, he trained as a house painter. He was a member of the garrison which fought at Jacob’s biscuit factory during the 1916 Easter Rising. He later fought in the War of Independence which ended with signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty on December on December 6th 1921.

The Anglo-Irish Treaty established Ireland as a self-governing Free State. It was ratified by 64 votes to 57 by Dáil Eireann on January 7th 1922. When those opposed to the Treaty lost the vote, they walked out of parliament led by Éamon de Valera. They took up arms in opposition to the treaty and civil war ensued. Peadar Kearney supported the democratic decision of the people and served under Michael Collins during the Civil War. He was with Michael Collins at Béal na mBláith when Collins was assassinated on August 16th 1922. Following the death of Collins, Kearney abandoned politics and returned to house painting.

Peadar Kearney, who wrote the lyrics of what is now the Irish National Anthem, Amhrán na bhFiann, died at the age of 59 in the year 1942 On This Day.

23 November-St Columbanus

St Columbanus is commemorated in a stained glass window in the Church of Exaltation of the Holy Cross in Myshall, Co Carlow, Ireland. St Columbanus is regarded a key figure in Irish missionary activity in early medieval Europe. He is traditionally believed to have been born near the village of Myshall in 543 AD.

Having studied at various locations including Bangor Abbey in Co Down, Columbanus left Ireland for the Continent in 585 AD. He established several monasteries including Luxeuil in France and Bobbio in Italy. St Columbanus died on November 21st 615 at Bobbio. He is buried in the crypt at Bobbio Abbey. The Columbans (Missionary Society of St. Columban) is dedicated to St. Columbanus.

The Feast Day of St Columbanus, who is believed to have been born near the village of Myshall, Co Carlow, Ireland in 543 AD,  is celebrated every year On This Day.

Image from page 253 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) by Internet Archive Book Images on 1875-01-01 00:00:00

Bobbio – Abbazia di San Colombano – Facciata by bibendum84 on 2010-03-12 13:33:36

Duomo di Bobbio (PC) – Interno by Giovanni_Ve on 2011-03-11 15:57:11


22 November-Xbox 360

The Microsoft Xbox is a home video game console. It was first released in November 2001. The Xbox was designed to compete with the PlayStation and the Nintendo Game Cube. In 2002 Xbox Live saw the introduction of an online gaming service. Games such as Halo: Combat Evolved and Dead or Alive 3 made Xbox a highly popular game console.

The Xbox was replaced by the Xbox 360 in 2005. The new game console further developed the Xbox Live service. It enabled the user to receive updates and to download games. The Xbox 360 also enabled the user to play games online and to stream music, television programmes and films. Over 80 million units of the Xbox 360 have been sold worldwide. It was discontinued on April 20th 2016.

The Xbox 360 was released in the year 2005 On This Day.

Xbox 360 by YuMaNuMa on 2011-02-12 13:51:17

Xbox 360 Controller by M. Keefe on 2008-03-18 17:02:07