this week's BIRTHDAYS
Mary Coughlan, singer, is 63. Richard E Grant, actor, is 62. Michael Palin, actor and author, is 76. Ian McCulloch, Echo and the Bunnymen singer, is 60. Adele, singer, is 31. Chris Brown, R'n'B singer, is 30. Craig David, British singer, is 38.
MONDAY, MAY 6
Larry Gogan, DJ and broadcaster, is 81. Roma Downey, Derry-born actress, is 59. George Clooney, actor, is 58. Bob Seger, singer, is 74. Tony Blair, former British PM, is 66. Graeme Souness, former footballer, now TV pundit, is 66.
TUESDAY, MAY 7
Sabina Higgins, Ireland's First Lady, is 75. Christy Moore, Kildare-born folk singer, is 74. Paul Kimmage, Sunday Independent writer, is 57. Susan Denham, retired Chief Justice, is 74. Anthony O'Reilly, businessman, is 83. Peter Carey, novelist, is 76. Lisa Kelly, Celtic Woman singer, 42, Phil Campbell, Motorhead guitarist, is 58.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 8
Jack Charlton, footballing great and honorary Irishman, is 84. Roddy Doyle, novelist, is 61. David Attenborough, TV naturalist, is 93. Melissa Gilbert, actress best known as Laura in TV's Little House on the Prairie, is 55. Enrique Iglesias, singer, is 44. Dave Rowntree, Blur drummer, is 55. Martha Wainwright, singer-songwriter, is 43. Gary Glitter, disgraced glam-rock singer, is 75. Paul Harrington, Irish Eurovision winner, is 59.
THURSDAY, MAY 9
Brendan Howlin, Labour Party leader, is 63. Padraig Flynn, former Fianna Fail TD, is 80. Alan Bennett, author, is 85. Rosario Dawson, actress, is 40. Billy Joel, singer, is 70. Candice Bergen, actress and author, is 73. Glenda Jackson, actress, is 83. James L Brooks, writer and producer of The Simpsons, is 79. Paul Heaton, Housemartins and The Beautiful South singer, is 57. Dave Gahan, Depeche Mode singer is 57. Paul 'Guigsy' McGuigan, first Oasis bassist, is 48.
FRIDAY, MAY 10
Bono, U2 singer, is 59. Donovan, singer-songwriter, is 73. Jordan Hewson, daughter of Bono and Ali, is 30. Diarmuid Gavin, garden designer, is 55. Ger Canning, RTE sports presenter, is 68. Dara Calleary, TD, is 46. Clodagh McKenna, celebrity chef, is 44. Linda Evangelista, is 54. Maureen Lipman, actress, is 73. Mark Chapman, John Lennon's murderer, is 64.
SATURDAY, MAY 11
Jeremy Paxman, University Challenge presenter, is 69. John Parrott, former snooker player, is 55. Andres Iniesta, Barcelona midfielder, is 35. Eric Burdon, former singer with The Animals, is 78. Louis Farrakhan, Nation of Islam leader, is 86. Thibaut Courtois, Real Madrid keeper, is 27. Conor Hayes, former Galway hurler, is 61.
TODAY, MAY 5