County Carlow – Choose a Topic

County Carlow – Choose a Topic

Choose from topics below for stories of people, families, events and places connected to County Carlow’s past.   ***   Carlow Family Histories   Browne Clayton of Browne’s Hill & Viewmount Butler of Ballintemple Crosbie of Viewmount   Doyle of...
The Normans on the Irish Waterways

The Normans on the Irish Waterways

Within 30 years of their arrival in Ireland, the Normans had built a network of castles along the River Barrow and were making moves to do the same up the River Shannon. At their peak, they would establish motte and bailey fortresses as far north as Clones and Lough...
The Vikings on Irish Waterways

The Vikings on Irish Waterways

In the medieval period, rivers and lakes were the principal highways that people used to get around. However, what happens when a darker force gains access to those same waterways? A force whose sole game-plan seems to be to raid and plunder and generally go on the...
Diana Drew (1912-1978)

Diana Drew (1912-1978)

Educated at the Grosvenor School of Modern Art in London, my great-aunt Diana Drew was a teenage prodigy whose works appeared at the successful British Lino-Cuts exhibitions in 1929, 1930 and 1931. A passionate yachtswoman and supporter of the Westmorland Tories, she...
The Making of a Pacifist – A Christmas Story

The Making of a Pacifist – A Christmas Story

What makes us who we are? As a historian, I sometimes think back to those packages that arrived from Godmother Mary every Christmas without fail. The first included three strips of metal, a casting ladle, a tub of talcum powder and a black mould that smelled like a...