Special: Dennis Doherty – A Life of Survival Against the Odds

Episode 12. This episode looks at the fascinating story of Dennis Doherty. Born in Derry in 1814, Doherty would spend most of his life in Australian prisons or trying to break out of them. His story is remarkable – he was flogged 3,000 times and spent years in solitary confinement but yet he continually struggled… Read more »

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The last survivor of the 1798 rebellion

In 1870 William Kinsella, a man regarded to be one of the last survivors of the 1798 rebellion died. Kinsella lived most of his life in Castlecomer, a mining town in North Kilkenny. Although difficult to prove at the time he was most likely the last survivor of the rebellion. His life was extraordinary. He… Read more »

Dalkey’s Night with Nazism

Wednesday 31st August 1960 is a day Dalkey Literary, Historical & Debating Society probably don’t like to mention much. That evening the society, based in one of Dublins most affluent suburbs, had as their guest speaker none other than former Nazi commando Colonel Otto Skorzeny. Skorzeny, dubbed by the US General Dwight D Eisenhower as… Read more »

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The Phoenix Park in Pictures

The Phoenix park is one the largest walled city parks in Europe. Situated on the fringe of Dublin city centre, the park was opened to the public in 1745. Since then it has seen numerous monuments and buildings erected and has seen its fair share of controversy. 1. The Wellington Monument

Torture, Murder and Exclusion: Ireland’s first 10 years of Independence

The 1916 proclamation, the manifesto of the 1916 rebels, states “The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all the children of the nation equally, and oblivious… Read more »

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The Forgotten Emigrants – Irish American Radicals in the early 20th century.

One Sunday afternoon in 1907 in the Bronx, New York a group of Irish-Americans gathered to discuss politics. A mixture of recent immigrants and second generation Irish Americans they gathered at the Gurely-Flynn household. The Gurley-Flynn’s were in many ways what we might assume a stereotypical Irish American family to be in the early 20th… Read more »

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Dublin in 1974….

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWUferyKCww&w=420&h=315] with permission of  willmcq This footage is a drive through Dublin city centre in 1974. The most striking difference is the streetscape which has been transformed in the last 40 odd years. As far as I can make out the first building that has survived intact pops up at 1-15 – the Ulster… Read more »

Virtual tour of Caernarfon Castle, Wales

Built by Edward III in the 13th century, Caernarfon castle is one of the most impressive castles in Britain. Situated in Gwynedd on the north-west coast of Wales it is an enormous structure unlike any castle still standing in Ireland. Along with with several other castles in the region including Conwy and Beaumaris it was constructed… Read more »

Video tour of Christchurch Cathedral Crypt

Over the past two days I visited the oldest buildings in Dublin – that is Christchurch Cathedral, St Patricks Cathedral and St Audeons Church. While I get through the queue of articles I need to write check out this video tour of the crypt in Christchurch cathedral, the oldest structure in Dublin dating from at… Read more »

The Black Castle Leighlinbridge

While passing through Leighlinbridge I came across a ruinous tower house called the Black castle so I grabbed a few pictures for a quick post……. The Black castle is situated at Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow commanding a dominant position over the river Barrow. The Barrow was immensely important in medieval Leinster acting as both an important route way and a… Read more »