1883 Frederick Maning, an Irish settler who became a founding father of New Zealand and lived with the Maoris, died on this day.
Discover his story
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1987 U2 played a concert in Wales on this day in 1987, following pressure from fans after they had originally not included the country in their list of tour dates. One determined fan started a petition to insist the Irish rockers come to Wales, and after 10,000 people signed it, U2 decided to give the people what they wanted and added a Welsh venue to their tour.
U2 are possibly the most successful band ever to come out of Ireland. Despite often splitting opinion, they have always used their status and profile to try and help worthy causes.
Click here to read about Bono busking in Dublin to raise money for a charity for the homeless
Click here to read about Adam Clayton and the Funky Shoe mental health campaign
Click here to read about more great Irish bands
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1988 Happy birthday to Anthony Stokes, born in Dublin on this day in 1988. He is a professional footballer who has played in the English Premier League and also represented the Republic of Ireland national side. Stokes plays as a striker and is well respected in the game for his intelligent movement and lethal finishing. Stokes joined Scottish side Celtic in 2010 and immediately became one of the key players in the side. He has helped the Glasgow team to several league championships and cup victories during his time at the club.
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25 July is St James’ Day (Also known as Grotto Day). Children used to make grottoes and caves and decorate them with sea shells because the scallop shell is supposed to be the emblem of St. James.
The grottoes were placed outside the homes and the children would sit by them and say:
Please remember the Grotto.
It’s only once a year.
Father’s gone to sea.
Mother’s gone to bring him back,
So please remember me.
Here is a permanent grotto outside a home in Dingle.