Sunday, March 29, 2009

150 Years of The Irish Times

Today is the 150th anniversary of the first edition of The Irish Times. To celebrate, the IT included a free copy of the first edition of the IT in Saturday's edition. While it made for interesting reading, not a lot seemed to be happening in Ireland in 1859. The ads on the front page were the best part.

As part of their 150th celebrations, the IT has made their digital archive available free for a limited time. I had never kept a copy of the paper from the day that my engagement to Roma was announced on Saturday 7th September, 1985. A quick ego search using my name found the notice which of course was sent to the IT by my late parents-in-law - Billy and Mary Rose. We had actually got engaged on 15th June earlier in 1985.

The notice after ours was for the writer Fergus Hanna Bell - a son of novelist, short story writer, and playwright Sam Hanna Bell (1909-1990). I read one of Sam Hanna Bell's books - December Bride which was also a film starring the gorgeous Saskia Reeves and my distant cousin Donal McCann.

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