Sinking of the RMS Leinster, 1918

Sinking of the RMS Leinster, 1918

The sinking of the RMS Leinster, just one month before the end of the First World War, remains the single greatest maritime disaster on the Irish Sea. At least 550 people died when a German submarine sank the mailboat on 10 October 1918. The centenary was one of the...
Sir William Gregory (1817-1892) – Governor of Ceylon

Sir William Gregory (1817-1892) – Governor of Ceylon

Considered one of the finest governors of Sri Lanka (Ceylon) in the island's history, Sir William's legacy is complicated by the appalling treatment of Tamil labourers, as well as the Gregory Clause in Ireland during the Great Hunger. His wife was the famous Lady...

Last Word by Tom Sykes (Irish Examiner, December 2007)

LAST WORD BY TOM SYKES (IRISH EXAMINER, DECEMBER 2007) The home office is possibly civilisation’s finest invention. Especially when it’s in someone else’s home. My home office, for example is located in a chilly garret at the very top of my wife’s childhood home (we...
Conolly of Castletown House, Celbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Conolly of Castletown House, Celbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Charting the rise of Speaker Conolly, an innkeeper’s son from Donegal who became the most powerful man of his generation. His magnificent Palladian residence at Castletown House, Celbridge, is one of the Irish nation’s greatest treasures. Also looking at connections...

Joseph Drew of Glasgow & North America

Joseph Drew of Glasgow & North America THIS INFORMATION COURTESY OF Sandra Keirstead Thorne (Hampton, New Brunswick, Canada) “Joseph Drew was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1742. His baptism has been found in Scottish records as being 1 August 1742. His parents were...