Archive for March, 2000

March 15, 2000

On this day in 2000, the censor lifted a ban on more than two thirds–about 400–of the books forbidden in Ireland, after an appeal by the Labour Party. Book bans in Ireland officially began in 1929, when the Censorship of Publications Board was created. Behind this censorship is the idea that art, rather than servingRead more..

March 13, 2000

On this day in 2000, a massive drug bust in Holland resulted in the arrest of John Cunningham, who was one of Ireland’s most notorious career criminals. Born in Ballyfermot, Dublin, Cunningham became known in the 1980s, when he was jailed for taking part in the abduction of Jennifer Guinness. He escaped in 1996 andRead more..

March 6, 2000

Irish journalist and radio broadcaster Jonathan Philbin Bowman was discovered dead in his Dublin home on this day in 2000. Bowman left formal education as a teenager, choosing instead to begin work as a freelance journalist; a decision he announced on RTÉ’s The Late Late Show. He co-presented a Dublin radio show for two years,Read more..