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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...
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...

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...
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