Archive for March 3rd, 2012

March 3,

US Troops in Northern Ireland. Ronan Keating

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1919: The New York Times debunks some of the myths surrounding Eamonn De Valera’s escape from Lincoln Jail, England on Feb 3 1919.

SEE: NY Times Report


1942: Member of the US 34th Infantry (Mechanised) Division are some of the first American troops to arrive in Northern Ireland. Their first deployment would be to North Africa. Northern Ireland would be major training camp for the invasion of the European mainland.

1968: Pat McGeegan, father of Irish boxing great and featherweight world champion Barry McGuigan wins the national competition to represent Ireland in the Eurovision song  contest. At the time, the Eurovision song contest was a social phenomenon guaranteeing the Irish representative fame and fortune in the Emerald Isle.

Singer Pat McGeegan (McGuigan)

Boxing son Barry McGuigan

1977:¬†Irish pop star Ronan Keating born. Keating was lead singer with the hugely successful manufactured boy band Boyzone (1993-1999). Boyzone’s first appearance on TV on The Late Late Show can kindly be described as woeful. But they somehow managed to overcome what is now an infamous appearance to sell over twenty million records in the following decade.

Keating went solo in 1999. As a solo artist, he has sold more than twenty million records.

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