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Whats this book about?

Whats this book about?

‘There was scarcely a house in which only one died, but commonly man and wife with their children and family crossing to death’ – John Clyn Kilkenny 1349 Our 14th century ancestors were survivors...
Publishing in the 21st Century.

Publishing in the 21st Century.

Having already published a book Witches Spies & Stockholm Syndrome, Life in Medieval Ireland I was keen to involve the podcast audience as much as possible in this project. Rather than use traditional methods...
Who brought the gun into Irish politics?

Who brought the gun into Irish politics?

Over recent months it has been frequently claimed that the 1916 Rising brought the gun into Irish politics. Without doubt this is an important question, given role of violence in modern Irish history. However...

February 23rd 1317, the day Dublin burned.

In February 1317 Dubliners were suffering from the effects of the worst famine of the Middle Ages. To make matters worse a Scots army led by Edward Bruce, brother of the king of Scotland,...

A Famine Cover Up. Cannibalism in 1849…

I am currently planning a major podcast series on The Great Famine (beginning in 2017) and I have been reading newspapers from the era. I will be posting articles I come across here as...
1900: Ireland’s last bubonic plague scare

1900: Ireland’s last bubonic plague scare

Building towards the release of my book on the Black Death – 1348: A Medieval Apocalypse on May 2nd 2016 this article look at the last time plague threatened Ireland. While bubonic plague evokes...
Podcast – Ireland’s hidden hand in history

Podcast – Ireland’s hidden hand in history

It’s Christmas and to celebrate I am releasing three podcasts this week. This episode looks at the Ireland’s hidden hand in history – Irish people who you have never heard of but nevertheless played...
Video Tour of Conwy Castle, Wales

Video Tour of Conwy Castle, Wales

Conwy Castle in Northern Wales is one of the most imposing and impressive fortresses in Northern Europe. Built in the late 13th century it was thought to be impregnable. Find out...
Nearly there!

Nearly there!

This week I finally completed a draft of the book (I have stopped using the old title – I think it needs to change). Looking back now I never realised how the writing process...
Discover 5000 years of hidden history.

Discover 5000 years of hidden history.

From the frontier fortress of Castleroche to the tombs of Loughcrew this tour reveals Irelands most mesmerising sites. Before the pharaohs of Egypt built the first pyramid our distant ancestors raised the remarkable tombs...