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Benjamin Benson – A Bermudan Evangelical in Ireland

Benjamin Benson – A Bermudan Evangelical in Ireland

1847 saw the publication of ‘A Narrative of the life of Benjamin Benson, in which Mr Benson, a former slave, abolitionist, evangelist and anti-alcohol speaker exposed the horrors of slavery in Bemuda. Born into slavery in St George’s, Bermuda, in 1818, Benjamin...
Bertha’s Resurrection

Bertha’s Resurrection

It had been close to 22 years since I attended her wake in County Kerry so you can appreciate the butterflies that flittered through me as I ascended the stairs of Dublin’s Assembly Rooms to be reunited with her. She looked pretty good, all things considered. She’d...
Cobh – Historical Tales

Cobh – Historical Tales

A mercy mission from Boston, the bells that rang out for Laurel and Hardy, Sonia O’Sullivan and a remarkable Titanic survivor are among the cast on Turtle’s panel in Cobh railway station, illustrated by Derry Dillon, translated by Jack O Driscoll.  ...
De Barra’s of Clonakilty, West Cork

De Barra’s of Clonakilty, West Cork

Christy Moore is by no means alone when he suggests that de Barra’s is a cut above Carnegie Hall. The pub is all about music, from the flutes, fiddles and saxophones sprawled upon its walls to the purpose-built auditorium out back. But somehow de Barra's’ retains its...
The Bulman – Kinsale, Co. Cork

The Bulman – Kinsale, Co. Cork

The Bulman is at heart a mariner’s pub. Full-length exterior portraits of Hugh O’Neill and Don Juan d’Aquila, commanders at the battle of Kinsale, stand solemnly beneath flower baskets at either side of the main door. Light tumbles in from the ocean. Heat rises from...