Nurse Colhoun & The Bombing of Vertekop, 1917

Nurse Colhoun & The Bombing of Vertekop, 1917

It was not the first time the German bombers had struck. The previous summer, when the nurses first arrived at Vertekop, there had been three air raids. This was one was so much worse. Seventeen bombs fell on the Red Cross hospital that morning. When the dust settled,...
Joe Flynn (1923-2016), Coal Miner, of Arigna, County Roscommon

Joe Flynn (1923-2016), Coal Miner, of Arigna, County Roscommon

‘It used to be full of musicians up here,’ he says. ‘On both sides of the river, you’d hear them playing of a Sunday, with the dancing and all. I know there’s lots of musicians in the country now – look at the fleadhs and all the young musicianeers who go there – but...
County Roscommon – Choose a Topic

County Roscommon – Choose a Topic

Choose from topics below for stories of people, families, events and places connected to County Roscommon’s past.   People connected to County Roscommon   Turlough O’Connor, High King of the Waterways The Gunning Sisters – Irish Beauties at the Georgian...
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...
Turlough O’Connor, High King of the Waterways

Turlough O’Connor, High King of the Waterways

One of the most remarkable figures in early medieval Irish history, Turlough was one of just two O’Connors to reign as High King of Ireland, holding the throne for an impressive 35 years. His cores strength was a vast fleet that dominated Irish waterways. Away from...