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...
Falkland of the Islands

Falkland of the Islands

Musings upon the Monaghan and Tyrone connections to Viscount Falkland and the islands that bear his name. Become a member of Turtle’s History Library to access all areas, €12/year...
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...
The Vikings on Irish Waterways

The Vikings on Irish Waterways

In the medieval period, rivers and lakes were the principal highways that people used to get around. However, what happens when a darker force gains access to those same waterways? A force whose sole game-plan seems to be to raid and plunder and generally go on the...