Dan Donnelly (1788-1820), Prize Fighter

Dan Donnelly (1788-1820), Prize Fighter

Back in 1815, few Irishmen were as famous as Dan Donnelly. Over the course of his short lifetime, the Dublin-born boxer was to defeat several British champions and, or so it was rumoured, to have been conferred with a knighthood. In death his fame did not desist...
Notes on Kilcock, County Kildare

Notes on Kilcock, County Kildare

John Huston at Courtown House. Illustration: Derry Dillon. Hollywood Royals   Courtown House, just south-west of Kilcock, is a Georgian mansion that was constructed by the Aylmer family in 1815. Between 1954 and 1957, the height of the McCarthy witch-hunt in...
County Kildare – Choose a Topic

County Kildare – Choose a Topic

Choose from these topics for stories of people, families, events and places connected to County Kildare’s past. Become a member of Turtle’s History Library to access all areas, €12/year...
The Landed Gentry & Aristocracy of County Kildare – Introduction

The Landed Gentry & Aristocracy of County Kildare – Introduction

Return to Contents of The Landed Gentry & Aristocracy of County Kildare.   When Art Kavanagh first asked me to produce a book on the landed gentry and aristocracy of County Kildare, I shied away with all my might. I know about these family histories. They take an...