The Pratt Family Tragedy in Australia, 1918 by Alan Clegg

The Pratt Family Tragedy in Australia, 1918 by Alan Clegg

Recorded by Alan Clegg 12 23   I remember my mother telling us about this tragedy which occurred in Australia in 1918. I recently came across some of the details while doing some family history research so for the sake of not losing the story I am recording all...
Johnny Byrne (1926-2023) of Killabban, County Laois

Johnny Byrne (1926-2023) of Killabban, County Laois

Huge thanks to John Glynn for the short video of the late Johnny Byrne which we posted to the Vanishing Ireland Facebook group here.   *****   Born on 5 July 1926, he was the third of five children of Willie Byrne, a blacksmith, and his wife Winnie of...
County Laois – Choose a Topic

County Laois – Choose a Topic

Choose from topics below for stories of people, families, events and places connected to County Laois.   Vanishing Ireland (Laois)   Statia Kealy (1903-2011) – Ireland’s Oldest Woman Jack Lowry – Blacksmith of the Slieve Blooms Joe McCabe (1919-2019) &...
The Normans on the Irish Waterways

The Normans on the Irish Waterways

Within 30 years of their arrival in Ireland, the Normans had built a network of castles along the River Barrow and were making moves to do the same up the River Shannon. At their peak, they would establish motte and bailey fortresses as far north as Clones and Lough...