Dan Donnelly (1788-1820), Prize Fighter

Dan Donnelly (1788-1820), Prize Fighter

Back in 1815, few Irishmen were as famous as Dan Donnelly. Over the course of his short lifetime, the Dublin-born boxer was to defeat several British champions and, or so it was rumoured, to have been conferred with a knighthood. In death his fame did not desist...
John Nelson Darby (1800–1882)

John Nelson Darby (1800–1882)

John Nelson Darby (1800-1882), aka JND, was a hugely influential figure in the history of Protestant Christianity. In 1832, he co-founded the Plymouth Brethren, an evangelical group of travelling preachers who believed strongly in the power of the Holy Spirit. JND was...
Rathvilly Railway Station

Rathvilly Railway Station

Rathvilly and Tullow Railway Stations opened in 1886, along with Baltinglass railway line extension to both places. The arrival of the railway opened Rathvilly to new horizons, connecting it with the wider world and ushering in an era of modernity. Become a member of...
The Rev. John Schultz, The Tack ‘Em Clergyman

The Rev. John Schultz, The Tack ‘Em Clergyman

The Rev. John Schultz was a notorious German clergyman who married over 3,000 couples in Dublin between 1806 and 1837. Such marriages were often conducted in secret, perhaps because the couple were of mixed religion, or the bride was pregnant, or there was family...
The Lagan Navigation, County Antrim (1763-1958)

The Lagan Navigation, County Antrim (1763-1958)

The Lagan had long seemed an intelligent trade route for the merchants of East Ulster, just as the Liffey was for Dubliners. The river carved its way through the hills to within about 6 miles of Lough Neagh. With the canal boom in motion, there were inevitably calls...