EXPIRED: 01/09/12 – Bridie Gallagher, 87,  was Ireland’s 1st international pop star.

In Belfast she shot to fame in 1956 with a recording of “A Mother’s Love’s A Blessing” and found global adulation with her rendition of “The Boys From County Armagh” and “The Homes of Donegal.”

While her career lasted over 60 years, there were some low moments. In 1976 her 21-year old son was killed in a motorcycle accident. That same year she released her last single, “Just Like Your Daddy.” Still, she kept on performing.

Known as “The Girl from Donegal,” Gallagher holds the record for the largest number of people in attendance in London’s Royal Albert Hall, a record that can never be topped now that it’s an all-seating venue.




EXPIRED: 04/22/10 – Shay Duffin, 79, was a stage, film and television actor who lived in LA but drank wherever he was offered a Guinness.

Born in Dublin, Ireland, Duffin was a regular on stages across America, starring in productions of works by countrymen Brendan Behan and James Joyce.

In fact, just a few years ago he starred in “Confessions of an Irish Rebel,” a play about poet-playwright Behan that got rave reviews.

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EXPIRED: 12/03/09 – Richard Todd, 90, was a real life war hero who actually played one in the movies, too.

And he could have been Bond, James Bond! Instead he became a cow farmer.

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EXPIRED: 08/31/09 – Barry Flanagan, 68, was best known for large-scale sculptures. He saw the hare as an anarchic free spirit that could be used to subvert more sober monuments when placed in prominent urban settings. He did so in Dublin, NYC, Japan, UK…

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