Violet Gibson – The Irish Aristocrat Who Shot Mussolini

Violet Gibson – The Irish Aristocrat Who Shot Mussolini

On 20 October 2022, a plaque commemorating the Hon. Violet Gibson was unveiled at 12 Merrion Square, her childhood home, by Caroline Conroy, the Lord Mayor of Dublin. Violet is the subject of the excellent Barrie Dowdall / Siobhan Lynam docudrama, ‘The Irish Woman Who...
Paddy Fagan (1924-2014) – Forester & Farmer of Enfield, County Meath

Paddy Fagan (1924-2014) – Forester & Farmer of Enfield, County Meath

‘I’m just ticking over,’ says the eighty-two-year-old forester, while tippling several litres of petrol from a billy-can directly into a chainsaw without spilling a drop. ‘And once you keep ticking, you’re not too bad.’ Unlimited access for €1 a month / €12 a year...
Jessie Harrington – Queen of the Turf

Jessie Harrington – Queen of the Turf

An interview with Ireland's most successful female Jessie Harrington was named The Irish Times/Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year for 2017 after a remarkable year in which she trained Sizing John to win the Leopardstown, Cheltenham and Punchestown Gold Cups, won...
Tom Cruise’s Irish Ancestry

Tom Cruise’s Irish Ancestry

Tom Cruise’s real name is Thomas Cruise Mapother IV. And he’s got so much Irish in him that he was awarded a Certificate of Irish Ancestry in 2013. Unlimited access for €1 a month / €12 a year...
Mrs O’s (O’Connell’s Bar) – The Hill of Skryne, Co. Meath

Mrs O’s (O’Connell’s Bar) – The Hill of Skryne, Co. Meath

I visited the legendary Mrs. O at this pub in 2008, and again in 2012, shortly before she passed away. On the latter occasion, I was blessed to unite with Terry Wogan for a quick televised chat about the Boyne. Mrs O's pub was a cinnamon-hued step back in time to a...