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...
Mrs Lawlor (1880-1969) of Naas – Caterer Extraordinaire

Mrs Lawlor (1880-1969) of Naas – Caterer Extraordinaire

From ‘The Centenary of Naas Racecourse (1924-2024) – Nursery of Champions’ by Turtle Bunbury.   Click here for contents of Naas Races 100 book.   ‘Mrs Lawlor is famous as a caterer, and deservedly so, because she supplies the very best food...
The Sack of Balbriggan, 1920

The Sack of Balbriggan, 1920

On the night of 20 September 1920, during the Irish War of Independence, the Black and Tans went on the rampage through the small town of Balbriggan, County Dublin, burning more than fifty homes and businesses, looting, and killing two local men. Become a member of...
Naas – Chapter 2 ­– The Roaring Twenties

Naas – Chapter 2 ­– The Roaring Twenties

The formative years of the Naas Race Company, and the story of its original cast and dramatis personnae. Become a member of Turtle’s History Library to access all areas, €12/year...
Operation Shamrock

Operation Shamrock

On 27 July 1946, nine-year-old Hebert Remmel disembarked from the mail-boat at Dun Laoghaire and walked trancelike into the dense crowds gathered to greet him and the eighty-seven skinny and bewildered little boys and girls who had travelled with him. As he was hugged...