THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAYS
Ardal O’Hanlon, comedian who played Dougal in Father Ted, is 52. Matt Damon, actor, is 47. Gavin Friday, Irish musician, is 58. Sigourney Weaver, actress, is 68. Paul Hogan, Crocodile Dundee actor, is 78. Chevy Chase, actor/comedian, is 74. Jesse Jackson, US civil rights activist, is 76. Cathal Flynn, former Leitrim footballer, is 83. Mick O’Driscoll, former Ireland rugby player, is 39. Bruno Mars, singer, is 32.
MONDAY, OCT 9
Nicky Byrne, Westlife singer, is 39. PJ Harvey, singer-songwriter, is 48. Sharon Osbourne, TV personality, is 65. Tom Mathews, surreal cartoonist and poet, is 65. James Fearnley, accordion player with The Pogues, is 63. Chris O’Dowd, actor and comedian, is 38. David Cameron, former UK prime minister, is 51. Guillermo del Toro, Mexican film director, is 53.
TUESDAY, OCT 10
Martin Kemp, EastEnders star and bassist of Spandau Ballet, is 56. Amanda Burton, Northern Irish actress, is 60. David Lee Roth, Van Halen singer, is 63. Chris Tarrant, TV presenter, is 71. Tony Adams, former Arsenal and England captain, is 51. Una Healy, Irish singer with The Saturdays, is 36. Midge Ure, musician who organised Live Aid with Bob Geldof, is 64.
WEDNESDAY, OCT 11
Joan Cusack, actress, is 55. Dawn French, comedian, is 59. Bobby Charlton, Manchester United and England legend, is 80. Luke Perry, former star of Beverly Hills 90210, is 51. Seamus Coleman, Everton and Ireland footballer, is 29. Joe Canning, All-Ireland winning hurler for Galway, is 29.
THURSDAY, OCT 12
Hugh Jackman, actor is 49. Marion Jones, disgraced former US athlete, is 42. Brian Kennedy, Belfast-born singer-songwriter, is 51. Josh Hutcherson, actor best known for The Hunger Games, is 25. FRIDAY, OCT 13 Paul Simon, singer-songwriter, is 76. Ian Thorpe, Australia’s record-breaking swimmer, is 35. Ashanti, singer, is 37. Pharoah Sanders, jazz saxophonist, is 77. Sacha Baron Cohen, English comedian who created Ali G and Borat, is 46. Jared Payne, New Zealand-born, Ulster and Ireland rugby player, is 32.
SATURDAY, OCT 14
Usher, multi-platinum selling R&B singer and actor, is 39. Cliff Richard, singer, is 77. Ralph Lauren, fashion designer, is 78. Brian Laws, retired Nottingham Forest footballer and former director of football at Shamrock Rovers, is 56. Steve Coogan, comedian who created Alan Partridge, is 52. Shaznay Lewis, former singer with All Saints, is 42. Justin Hayward, singer with the Moody Blues is 71. Mia Wasikowska, Australian actress and star of Alice in Wonderland, is 28.
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