Gertie Browne – Athlone, Co. Westmeath

Gertie Browne – Athlone, Co. Westmeath

Running over 200 miles from its source to the sea, the Shannon is the longest river in Europe west of the Loire. The town of Athlone lies about half-way down and has been expanding ever since smart-thinking Normans threw a bridge across the river here in the 12th...
Waterways Through Time

Waterways Through Time

‘A most wonderful selection.’ Eanna ni Lamhna Mooney Goes Wild, RTE Radio One   “Upon those who step into the same rivers, different and ever different waters flow down.” Heraclitus   *****   On 21st February 2022, my fiftieth birthday, I launched...
Noel Robinson – Farmer of Coole, County Westmeath

Noel Robinson – Farmer of Coole, County Westmeath

Born in 1939, Westmeath farmer Noel Robinson reflects on mixed marriages, emigration, rabbit-hunting, holy wells, and the challenges for farmers in the 21st century. From the Vanishing Ireland archives.   *****   ‘They’re headed for the Hill of Maol’, says...
Jonathan Swift – A Tale of Two Women

Jonathan Swift – A Tale of Two Women

Dean Swift, the celebrated satirist and author of such works as ‘Gulliver’s Travel’s’, was Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin for over thirty years. However, perhaps the greatest conundrum of his life was how to maintain an intimate relationship with two women,...