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

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

Homing in on a grenade found as part of a cache in the basement of Oak Park House in County Carlow, shortly after it was taken over by An Foras Taluntais (now Teagasc). Become a member of Turtle’s History Library to access all areas, €12/year...
Murphy of Kill House, near Tullow, County Carlow

Murphy of Kill House, near Tullow, County Carlow

Once home to the Bunbury family, 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 is named for him. Become a member of...
The Lisnavagh Oak

The Lisnavagh Oak

Memories of an oak that grew up to be my favourite tree of them all. It stands on the front lawn of Lisnavagh, our family home in County Carlow, where it was planted over 175 years ago. Become a member of Turtle’s History Library to access all areas, €12/year...
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...
Mick Lawlor (1927–2004) – Trap Driver – Borris, County Carlow

Mick Lawlor (1927–2004) – Trap Driver – Borris, County Carlow

It was not Mick’s intention to die quite so soon. When James photographed him two days earlier, he had gamely invited us back the following week to join him on his pony and trap. I feel for Sheba, his seven-year-old sheepdog, who literally put her hand out to...