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...
Mary Maddison, Storyteller – The Beara Peninsula, County Cork

Mary Maddison, Storyteller – The Beara Peninsula, County Cork

Perhaps inevitably, the traditions of Irish storytelling survived much longer on the country’s off-shore islands than anywhere on the mainland. Mary’s grandmother was raised on Long Island off the coast of West Cork. Likewise, her mother grew up on Hare Island off...
Murder at Shandy Hall – The Coachford Posioning Case, 1887

Murder at Shandy Hall – The Coachford Posioning Case, 1887

The murder of Laura Cross of Shandy Hall was the talk of all Britain and Ireland when the story hit the press in the summer of 1887. Michael Sheridan's 2010 book reexamined the extraordinary circumstances which ultimately led to the execution of her husband, Dr....
Sir Hugh Lane (1875-1915)

Sir Hugh Lane (1875-1915)

When the Lusitania was torpedoed in World War One, it spelled the end for one of the most intriguing figures in modern Irish history and his dream to build a modern art gallery that spanned the River Liffey in Dublin City. In the art world, Hugh Lane’s opinion was...