At his peak, Red Tom smoked a hundred Sweet Afton a day. ‘I’d get them for nothing,’ he says. ‘Father Michael ... be janey mac, every time he saw me going by, he’d say, “Here, hold on,” and throw me three boxes with twenty packs in each.’ Unlimited access for €1 a...
Every Sunday, Jack rambled up to the village of Grangecon for a pint in Mrs Moore’s establishment. ‘It’s good to get out for an old chat,' he said. 'I’ll go while I’m able because I’m going to be dead long enough.’ Unlimited access for €1 a month / €12 a year...
This is an extract from one of Kitty Kiernan’s last letters to her fiancée Michael Collins before the 31-year-old was shot dead in his home county of Cork on 22 August 1922. ‘I was terrified that you would take all kinds of risks and how I wished to be near you so...
‘There was no such thing as stabbing or kicking that time. If you pulled a knife or kicked a man when he was down, the rest of the lads would turn on you. But the boys would always shake hands after half an hour and have a drink together’. That’s the way both Pa...
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