1972 – Death of Laois man Cecil Day-Lewis, one of the English language’s leading poets of the early part of the 20th century, and father of actor Daniel Day-Lewis.

Cecil Day-Lewis, CBE was an Irish poet, the British Poet Laureate between 1968 to 1972, and, under the pseudonym of Nicholas Blake, a mystery writer. He was the father of the actor Daniel Day-Lewis and the TYV star Tamasin Day-Lewis. In his autobiography The Buried Day (1960), he wrote “As a writer I do not […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 22 May:

1805 – Michael Doheny, poet and Young Irelander, is born near Fethard, Co. Tipperary. 1849 – Novelist, Maria Edgeworth, dies in Mostrim, Co. Longford. She is laid to rest in a vault at Edgeworthstown Church. The Great Famine which decimates the people she loves mars her last years. Even though in her late seventies, she […]

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1957 – Birth of actor, Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis.

Daniel Day-Lewis was born and raised in London, he is the son of Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis who was born in Ballintubbert, Co Laois. Day-Lewis is one of the most acclaimed actors of his generation and has earned numerous awards, including three Academy Awards for Best Actor, for his portrayals of Christy Brown in My […]

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Today in Irish History – 27th April:

1653 – The last major body of Irish Catholic troops under Phillip O’Reilly surrender to the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland at Cloughoughter in Cavan. End of the Irish Confederate Wars (begun 1641). 1696 – Act ‘for encouraging the linen manufacture of Ireland’: Irish linen gains duty-free access to the British market on this date. 1739 […]

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