1981 – Death of Christy Brown, the handicapped Dublin author, who learned to type with his left foot.

The film My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown encapsulates all that makes Irish acting, theater, writing and film making so compelling. Christy Brown was born into a poor, working class family in 1932 Dublin with severe cerebral palsy. Encouraged by a loving mother, the incapacitated child learned to communicate through writing and painting […]

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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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Today in Irish History – 29th April:

1653 – Birth of John Whally, necromancer and charlatan. 1665 – Birth of James Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormonde and an ancestor of Princess Diana. The Dublin-born Irish general becomes one of the most powerful men in the Tory administration, governing England in the early part of the 18th century – from 1710 to 1714. […]

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Today in Irish History – 23rd February:

1317 – Bruce’s army marches south and reaches Castleknock, within sight of Dublin. The mayor of Dublin has imprisoned the Earl of Ulster, who is suspected of being sympathetic to Bruce. The citizens of Dublin destroy some of the northern and western suburbs, to prevent Bruce from using them as a base – to the […]

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1949 – Birth of film director, Jim Sheridan in Dublin.

Jim Sheridan (born 6 February 1949) is an Irish film director. A six-time Academy Award nominee, Sheridan is perhaps best known for his films My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father, Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and In America. Life and career: Sheridan was born in Dublin, the son of Anna and Peter […]

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