Titanic Captain, Thin Lizzy’s Brian Downey. This Day in Irish History.

January 27: TODAY in Irish History (by IrishmanSpeaks)
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1850: Edward J. Smith, captain of the ill-fated Titanic is born in Stoke-on-Trent. The Titanic was built at the at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. It’s final point of departure was Queenstown (now Cobh), Co. Cork, April 11 1912.

E.J. Smith, Titanic Captain

E.J. Smith, Titanic Captain

1944: Mairead Corrigan-Maguire, Northern Ireland peace campaigner and Nobel Prize winner is born

1951: Brian Downey, drummer and co-founder of Thin Lizzy with Phil Lynott is born in Dublin.

Thin Lizzy, Lynott, Downey and Eric Bell

Thin Lizzy, Lynott, Downey and Eric Bell

Along with Lynott, Downey was the only original member of Lizzy to stay with the band from beginning to end, although he did opt out of a 1978 claiming “exhaustion.” Today, he continues to play with an incarnation of Thin Lizzy. You can wish him a “Happy 61” birthday today as the band plays The Civic Hall in Wolverhampton, England.

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