J. Gordon Lewis (1892-1954) – The Cinematographer

J. Gordon Lewis (1892-1954) – The Cinematographer

Born into a Presbyterian family in Belfast, Lewis initially supported the Unionist cause but was so shocked by the execution of the Easter Rising leaders that he paid closer heed to the nationalist cause. He filmed many remarkable events from the period and did much...
Olaudah Equiano (Gustavus Vassa) in Ireland, 1791

Olaudah Equiano (Gustavus Vassa) in Ireland, 1791

Born in present-day Nigeria, Olaudah Equiano (c. 1745–1797), aka Gustavus Vassa, was one of the first black abolitionists to visit Ireland, calling in at Dublin, Cork, Belfast and ‘many [other] counties …. I was every where exceedingly well treated by...
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...
Michael Keogh – The Irishman who Saved Hitler

Michael Keogh – The Irishman who Saved Hitler

In 1919, an Irishman working as a policeman stopped a mob from pummelling a right wing radical to death on the streets of Munich. Michael Keogh would come to rue the day when the radical transpired to be Adolf Hitler. Become a member of Turtle’s History Library to...
Walter Butler & the Death of Wallenstein by Melosina Lenox-Conyngham

Walter Butler & the Death of Wallenstein by Melosina Lenox-Conyngham

An account of Walter Butler, of the Shankill Castle line of Butlers, who assassinated Albrecht von Wallenstein, the supreme commander of the armies of the Habsburg empire, at the height of  the Thirty Years’ War. Become a member of Turtle’s History Library to...