A Rare 19th Century Stick Grenade – Oak Park, County Carlow

A Rare 19th Century Stick Grenade – Oak Park, County Carlow

This curious device was part of a cache found in the basement of Oak Park House in County Carlow, shortly after it was taken over by An Foras Taluntais (now Teagasc). According to Wistorical follower Eamon Martin, this was a very rare form of grenade, made available...
Murphy of Kill House, near Tullow, County Carlow

Murphy of Kill House, near Tullow, County Carlow

Once home to the Bunbury family – see Thomas Bunbury of Kill – Kill House (Kilmagarvogue) later passed to Edward Murphy, an Irish nationalist. His son Bill died fighting alongside Tom Kettle at the Somme – the Captain Murphy Memorial Hall in Tullow...
The Lisnavagh Oak

The Lisnavagh Oak

  It’s among my earliest memories. Lying on the lawn, teeth gritted, muscles braced, as one of my older brothers prepared to send the swing’s timber seat sheering over the top of my head and body. The things boys do for kicks. The seat would never connect, of...
My Friend, Paddy Delaney (1929-2023) of Tobinstown, County Carlow

My Friend, Paddy Delaney (1929-2023) of Tobinstown, County Carlow

It was during the Big Freeze of 2010-2011 that I first really became acquainted with Paddy Delaney. I had known his silhouette since childhood, watching him scythe his small meadow and tend to his garden as our family car purred up towards Tobinstown Cross. There are...