Mrs Margaret Shortt (1925-2013) -Lady’s maid – Birr, County Offaly

Mrs Margaret Shortt (1925-2013) -Lady’s maid – Birr, County Offaly

‘The castle means an awful lot to me,’ says Margaret wistfully. ‘It was a very good house for food and lots of posh, rich people came. I do miss it, the activity and everything. I still go walking in there a good deal.’ Unlimited access for €1 a month / €12 a year...
Willie Mullins – Commander of the Turf

Willie Mullins – Commander of the Turf

An interview with the Cheltenham Festival’s most successful trainer of all-time, a man who racked up 88 wins by 2022. Young Willie was in the saddle from the age he could toddle. In his boyhood, he read as much as he could about the industry, particularly focusing on...
Paddy Mullins (1919-2010) – The Quiet Man of Racing

Paddy Mullins (1919-2010) – The Quiet Man of Racing

On Paddy's watch, the Doninga Stables in Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny, was the biggest National Hunt yard in Ireland, and Paddy was the country’s most successful National Hunt trainer. Unlimited access for €1 a month / €12 a year...
Somers of Clogh, County Kilkenny

Somers of Clogh, County Kilkenny

Closed since 2008, Somers pub was also where Eddie did his accountancy business. His eyes shone when he talked figures, shillings and sixpences, percentages and additions and, above all, logical ways to increase one’s money. ‘It’s all about management’, he counselled....
Kilkenny – Historical Tales

Kilkenny – Historical Tales

The Kilkenny 'Past Tracks' panel features short accounts of Ellen, Countess of Desart; Hubert and Peggy Butler (of Butler Gallery fame); Lionel of Antwerp & the Statutes of Kilkenny; Jonathan Swift, George Berkeley & Kilkenny College; Martin Renehan - White House...