Joe Biden’s Irish Roots

Joe Biden’s Irish Roots

Joe Biden is arguably the most 'Irish' president to have occupied the White House. He is set to visit Ireland sometime before the Oireachtas begins its summer recess in July 2022. This is an ongoing exploration of his engineering forebears and his ancestral roots,...
Castlebar, County Mayo – Historical Tales

Castlebar, County Mayo – Historical Tales

The stories of the inventor of the torpedo, a global prima donna, a telephone pioneer, the short-lived Republic of Connacht, the inglorious Races of Castlebar, the rise and fall of the Earls of Lucan, and a gentleman who went to the gallows. Extracted from Past...
Ballina, County Mayo – Historical Tales

Ballina, County Mayo – Historical Tales

The stories of one of Ireland's most successful presidents, the origin of the town 'Font', a pioneer of showbiz in Chicago, the engineering ancestors of Joe Biden, a leading opponent of slavery and a strike by schoolboys seeking an end to corporal punishment and...
Mrs. Nixon, the First Lady from County Mayo

Mrs. Nixon, the First Lady from County Mayo

The story of Richard and Pat Nixon's visit to Ireland in 1970, how they met, his connections to Kildare and Antrim, and her visit to meet her Ryan and Naughton kinsfolk near Ballinrobe, County Mayo.  Unlimited access for €1 a month / €12 a year...
William Knox D’Arcy (1849-1917) – The Irish Oil Tycoon

William Knox D’Arcy (1849-1917) – The Irish Oil Tycoon

Knox D’Arcy was one of Australia’s greatest entrepreneurs. The only son of an Irish-born solicitor, he is regarded as the founding father of the oil and petrochemical industry in Iran. His company, Anglo-Persian Oil, was the forerunner of British Petroleum. He already...