John Philip Holland

John Philip Holland, the inventor of the submarine, was born in Liscannor, Co. Clare on the 24th February 1841. He was the son of a British Coastguard member and as a result had an interest in engineering and the ocean. He joined the Christian Brothers in Limerick and later taught at a number of Christian... Continue Reading →

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Famous Valentines

  February 14th is the feast day of Valentine. According to legend, Valentine became the patron Saint of Lovers for marring couples against the wishes of the Roman Emperor Claudius who banned marriage believing that single men made better soldiers. But do you know of the Irish connection to St. Valentine? The remains of St. Valentine... Continue Reading →

Thomas Charles Wright

On 26th January 1799, Thomas Charles Wright was born in Queensborough, Drogheda. Wright is known as the founder of the Ecuadorian naval school. He joined the British navy as a teenager and in 1817 he enlisted in the British Legion of Bolívar. He fought several battles against Spain for the independence of Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela... Continue Reading →

The Irish Free State

The Irish Free State officially came into existence on the 6th December 1922, twelve months after the signing of the Treaty. Michael Collins and his team had travelled to Britain the previous year to negotiate the terms of the Treaty. The terms stated that the Free State was a dominion of the British Commonwealth which in... Continue Reading →

Wildgoose Lodge

Eight people men and women, including a five month old infant were burned to death on the night of 28th October 1816, in a deliberate arson attack on the Lynch family. Fourteen years after the murder, a man published an account of the events. The man’s name was William Carleton from County Tyrone, born in... Continue Reading →

The Great Famine

The Great Famine began this month, 171 years ago. The blight that destroyed nearly half of the potato crop was first reported in Ireland in September 1845. Blight had previously spread to other countries (USA in 1843-1844 and Canada in 1844). It is thought that the blight was brought to Europe on trade ships and... Continue Reading →

The Massacre of Drogheda

This Sunday, 11th September, marks end of the Siege of Drogheda, 1649. The siege was led by Oliver Cromwell, a staunch Parliamentarian, against Sir Arthur Aston and his army of Royalists and Irish Catholic Confederates. Aston and his comrades recieved intelligence that Cromwell planned to attack Ireland and at the war counsel it was decided... Continue Reading →

LUGHNASA

  Sunday 31st July and Monday 1st August is the festival of Lughnasa. Lughnasa is an old Celtic festival that marks the beginning of the Harvest season. The festival is said to be named for the god Lugh, the offspring of of a marriage between Cian of the Tuath Dé Danann and Eithniu, the daughter of Balor... Continue Reading →

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