Cora Staunton – The Star of Mayo Ladies Gaelic Football

Cora Staunton – The Star of Mayo Ladies Gaelic Football

‘I’m not sure we will ever get the same recognition as men’, sighs Cora Staunton. ‘I think it’s the same in all sports, except athletics. When women play football or camogie or soccer, there’s never the same fan base that men’s sports have. So we don’t have the same...
1847 – Introduction – The Year It All Began

1847 – Introduction – The Year It All Began

The following text was written for my book ‘1847: A Chronicle of Genius, Generosity and Savagery,’ published by Gill Books in 2016. To see the full contents of the book, click here.   *****   In the front of my car I keep a steel harmonica in...
County Mayo – Choose a Topic

County Mayo – Choose a Topic

Choose from topics below for stories of people, families, events and places connected to County Mayo’s past.   Vanishing Ireland (Mayo people)   Mike Burke (1926-2016) – Cattle Farmer – Kilmeena John Cooney (1922-2016) – Postman & Carpenter – Achill...
Operation Shamrock

Operation Shamrock

On 27 July 1946, nine-year-old Hebert Remmel disembarked from the mail-boat at Dun Laoghaire and walked trancelike into the dense crowds gathered to greet him and the eighty-seven skinny and bewildered little boys and girls who had travelled with him. As he was hugged...