The Choctaw Nation’s Extraordinary Gift to Ireland, 1847

The Choctaw Nation’s Extraordinary Gift to Ireland, 1847

In 1847 the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma raised $170 for Irish famine relief. Their empathy was stirred by a similar experience during the early 1830s when between 1500 and 4,000 died Choctaw on the infamous ‘Trail of Tears’. This story explores the fate of the Choctaw...
Waterways Through Time

Waterways Through Time

‘A most wonderful selection.’ Eanna ni Lamhna Mooney Goes Wild, RTE Radio One   “Upon those who step into the same rivers, different and ever different waters flow down.” Heraclitus   *****   On 21st February 2022, my fiftieth birthday, I launched...
A History of Bishopscourt, Clones, Co. Monaghan

A History of Bishopscourt, Clones, Co. Monaghan

Built as a rectory for the Church of Ireland during the Napoleonic Wars, Bishopscourt was considered such a fine abode that two Bishops of Clogher opted to use it as their main place of residence during the first decades of the 20th century. This tale takes in the...
James Whiteside (1804-1876) – Lord Chief Justice of Ireland

James Whiteside (1804-1876) – Lord Chief Justice of Ireland

James Whiteside was born on 12 August 1804 at Delgany in the north Wicklow Mountains, south of Dublin, where his father William was a Church of Ireland curate at the time. His brother the Rev. John Whiteside was sometime Rector of Ripon. James was educated at Trinity...
Leslie-Ellis of Magherymore, Co. Wicklow, and County Monaghan

Leslie-Ellis of Magherymore, Co. Wicklow, and County Monaghan

Looking at the family who lived at Magherymore (now spelled Magheramore), near Wicklow Town for a number of generations, and their connections to the US state of Georgia and Cambridge University. Their home is now a St Columban nursing home. Become a member of...