Notes on Laytown, Bettystown and Julianstown, County Meath

An Oscar-Winning Bridge   Released in 1991, The Crying Game was the movie that propelled writer-director Neil Jordan to stardom. A box office smash hit, it won him an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.[1] Set against the backdrop of the Troubles, the...
Notes on Enfield, Rathcore and Johnstown Bridge, County Meath

Notes on Enfield, Rathcore and Johnstown Bridge, County Meath

See also Notes on Kilcock, here. United Irishwoman   The novelist and playwright Katherine Frances Purdon (1852–1920) was a co-founder of the United Irishwomen, forerunner of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association. She was born at Hotwell, north-west of Enfield, where...
Notes on Dunboyne & Ratoath, County Meath

Notes on Dunboyne & Ratoath, County Meath

The Dunboyne Scholarship   A succession crisis for the Barons Dunboyne yielded useful dividends for what is now Maynooth University. John Butler (1731-1800) was a 70-year-old Roman Catholic bishop when he unexpectedly succeeded to the title. As a Catholic clergyman,...
Andy Duff, Benny McCabe & the Slane Castle Stables

Andy Duff, Benny McCabe & the Slane Castle Stables

Andy Duff was based in the Slane stables in County Meath for much of the 1960s where he was the principal jockey for trainer Tony Riddell-Martin. I interviewed him at his home in Slane Village in 2015, alongside his friend Benny McCabe, who was a stable boy at Slane...
County Meath – Choose a Topic

County Meath – Choose a Topic

Choose from topics below for stories of people, families, events and places connected to County Meath’s past.     Vanishing Ireland (Meath people)   Andy Duff, Benny McCabe & the Slane Castle Stables Paddy Fagan (1924-2014), forester-farmer, Enfield...