Today marks a special occasion as we celebrate ‘Jum il-Hamrun’ (Hamrun’s Day) in the town of Hamrun on the beautiful island of Malta. This festive day is dedicated to honoring the rich heritage, vibrant culture, and remarkable contributions of Hamrun. As we delve into the fascinating history and notable residents of this town, let us immerse ourselves in the unique spirit that sets Hamrun apart.
Situated in Malta, the town of Hamrun is known for its rich history and vibrant cultural scene. It offers a captivating glimpse into Malta’s past and artistic contributions. Hamrun is renowned for its unique nicknames and has been home to prominent individuals who have left their mark on the political and cultural landscape of Malta.
San Ġorġ Preca, the founder of the Society of Christian Doctrine, spent most of his life in Hamrun and is buried there. Former Prime Minister Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici, along with Presidents Anton Buttigieg and Guido de Marco, also hail from this town. Salvino Spiteri, the founder of the Malta Workers’ Union (UHM), was born and raised in Hamrun, playing a significant role in shaping the labour movement in Malta.
Hamrun has nurtured artistic talents and produced notable figures in the world of arts and literature. Oreste Kirkop, an actor and lyrical singer known for his role in “The Vagabond King,” and Mario Azzopardi, a renowned poet and theater director, emerged from Hamrun. Josephine Zammit Cordina, a well-known actress and TV personality, has gained recognition, particularly in Australia. Victor Fenech, a notable poet and drama critic, also hails from Hamrun. The town is proud to claim film director Mario Philip Azzopardi, who settled in Canada and has an impressive body of work in commercial films and TV serials. Rev. Frans Camilleri, known for his contributions to the romantic school of literature, was also born in Hamrun.
Joseph Buttigieg, a distinguished literary scholar and the father of Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and the United States Secretary of Transportation, traces his roots back to Hamrun. The town also celebrates playwright Oreste Calleja, an acclaimed author who wrote significant plays in the native language. Manuel Chircop, a radio personality and the founder of Radio 105 (Galaxy), is another notable resident of Hamrun.
Furthermore, Hamrun is the proud home of the Maltese football champions, Hamrun Spartans, who recently secured their 2nd title in 3 seasons and their 9th in their history, showcasing the town’s sporting achievements.
Hamrun’s heritage, culture, and remarkable residents make it a truly special place on the island of Malta.