The Castrato & His Wife, by Helen Berry (OUP, 2011)

THE IRISH DAILY MAIL (OCTOBER 2011) By Turtle Bunbury Cork City, August 1766. The Italian opera singer awoke with a start to find his 15-year-old Irish wife sitting upright in their bed, ashen-faced and trembling in her nightgown. She had been the first to hear them...
Desmond Leslie (1921-2001) – An Irish Gentleman

Desmond Leslie (1921-2001) – An Irish Gentleman

The man who punched Bernard Levin live on TV, in front of 11 million viewers, was also a brilliant Spitfire pilot during the Second World War. As well as his first marriage to the stage actress Agnes Bernelle, Desmond Leslie made his mark as a scriptwriter, music...

Birthright – The Story that Inspired Kidnapped, Roger Ekirch

As he was pushed through the doors of The George on Dublin’s Bow-Lane, the boy did not need to guess who would be standing within. Dick Annesley was at the bar, with two men dressed as constables at either side. Annesley quickly identified the boy as the vagabond who...