Croquet – The Forgotten Irish Sport

Croquet – The Forgotten Irish Sport

Croquet as we know it apparently originated on the west coast of Ireland. Alas, while the thought of Croke Park becoming the national stadium for future croquet clashes is endearing, one would be hard pushed to say croquet was strictly an Irish game. It was more of a...
The Curious Case of the Connemara Grave, 2014

The Curious Case of the Connemara Grave, 2014

The discovery of a grave, exposed when the roaring Atlantic Ocean waves crashed in upon it during Storm Hercules, ignited a hunt for the family of William Harris, an English coastguard who operated out of Costello Bay, and his wife Mary Rile, as well as their two...
The History of Cork City Gaol

The History of Cork City Gaol

Cork City Gaol, one of Cork’s foremost visitor attractions, has drawn almost two million people since it opened to the public in 1993. In another age, it was the city’s main prison for almost exactly 100 years. Its past ‘residents’ include Constance Markiewicz, Todd...
The Charge of the Light Brigade, 1854

The Charge of the Light Brigade, 1854

114 Irishmen rode out with the Light Brigade in their famous charge. Indeed, a third of the 'British' soldiers who fought in the Crimean War are reckoned to have been Irish, including 7,000 who died. This article looks at the charge, and those manifold Irish...
Hugh Gough – Of Opium Wars & the Punjabi Sikhs

Hugh Gough – Of Opium Wars & the Punjabi Sikhs

Hugh Gough commanded in more battles than any other British soldier of the nineteenth century save for his fellow Irishman, the Duke of Wellington. This included his victories in the Opium War and the Anglo-Sikh Wars. His mother was a Bunbury. Complete access to all...