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My Grandaunt – the Bootlegging Irish Nun

Between 1920 and 1933 alcohol was banned in the U.S.A. Almost immediately the sale of illegal alcohol – bootlegging – soared and the ban became increasingly ineffectual. While the likes of Al Capone made...
Podcast: Letters from Dakota

Podcast: Letters from Dakota

‘Letters from Dakota’ is the story of my grandaunt Mollie Dwyer who emigrated to the USA when she was 15 years of age in 1906. Her emigrant experience was very different to most. Within...
Podcast – The Land War (1879-1882)

Podcast – The Land War (1879-1882)

I launched my first exclusive patron’s podcast on the Land War yesterday. The Land War is a fascinating struggle between Irish landlords and tenants between 1879 and 1882. This podcast contains some of that...
Podcast – Jack of Ireland, a medieval outlaw

Podcast – Jack of Ireland, a medieval outlaw

Medieval outlaws have captured the human imagination for centuries. The story of Robin Hood who famously robbed from the rich to give to the poor has proved the most enduring. However most were ruthless...

Mad Men – Wacky Advertisers from 1916

Limited by very few restrictions, advertisers in 1916 could do what they liked. Tonics, elixors and pills were offered as the cure to all ills, while cigarettes and alcohol were advertised freely. I took...

Falaise – a town with the wrong history?

Falaise has a history any tourist board would pay for. The seat of the Dukes of Normandy, it was the birthplace of William the Conqueror. The castle that overlooks the town endured and survived...
Video: Dublin’s Crystal Palace

Video: Dublin’s Crystal Palace

London’s Crystal Palace is world famous. However few know Dublin had its own Crystal Palace in the 19th century. Find out what it looked like, why was it built and what was it for...
Bonus Podcast: Stealing the Stone of Destiny

Bonus Podcast: Stealing the Stone of Destiny

In 1296 King Edward I of England invaded Scotland. During this campaign he removed the Stone of Destiny (a.k.a. The Stone of Scone) bringing it back to England. This stone which had been used...