House of McDonnell – Ballycastle, Co. Antrim

House of McDonnell – Ballycastle, Co. Antrim

Extracted from ‘The Irish Pub’ (Thames & Hudson, 2008)   ***** ‘I was born upstairs when my aunt Mary owned the pub’, says Tom O’Neill. ‘In those days the midwife got about on a bicycle so they thought it better I be born here on the street than...
Jonathan Swift – A Tale of Two Women

Jonathan Swift – A Tale of Two Women

Jonathan Swift was born in Dublin on 30 November 1667, the only son of another Jonathan Swift and his wife Abigail Erick of Leicestershire. The Swifts had moved to Ireland amid the turmoil of the English Civil War. Swift’s father died before he was even born, a victim...
Brian Kennedy – The Rise of a Falls Road Boy

Brian Kennedy – The Rise of a Falls Road Boy

This article appeared in ‘The Book of Interiors’ in Spring 2006. Brian Kennedy went on to represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest the same week this article was published. His self-panned ballad, ‘Every Song is a Cry for Love’,...
Titanic – The Irish Connections

Titanic – The Irish Connections

At least 79 of the 1,517 passengers and crew who died when RMS Titanic sank were born in Ireland. Built in Belfast, the Irish connections of the White Star liner were many and varied. ***** Shortly before noon on a Thursday 11th April 1912, the Titanic dropped her...
Spotlight on Belfast – City of Music & Joy

Spotlight on Belfast – City of Music & Joy

National Geographic Traveller (UK) have marked Belfast on its prestigious Cool List 2024. Northern Ireland’s progressive capital, developed as a mighty port and industrial centre during the 18th and 19th centuries. Built around the point where the River Lagan...