Kitty Kiernan – Michael Collins’ Fiancée

Kitty Kiernan – Michael Collins’ Fiancée

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...
Dorothea Findlater (1909-2017) – Ireland’s Oldest Woman in 2017

Dorothea Findlater (1909-2017) – Ireland’s Oldest Woman in 2017

Dorothea Findlater, née de Courcy-Wheeler, was the oldest woman in Ireland for ten weeks before her death in 2017. As a child, she saw her father set off to Dublin to arrest Michale Mallin and Constance Markiewicz during the Easter Rising. He also took the famous...
Kelly’s Cellars – Bank Street, Belfast

Kelly’s Cellars – Bank Street, Belfast

The oldest licensed premises in Belfast is also one of its most alluring. The pub was a meeting place for the United Irishmen in the run up to the disastrous rebellion of 1798. It is still easy to imagine such characters plotting revolution here over dark ales and...
Michael Finucane’s – Ballylongford, Co. Kerry

Michael Finucane’s – Ballylongford, Co. Kerry

Michael Finucane’s great uncle bought the bar from The O’Rahilly, the only leader to die in action during the Easter Rising. It was inevitably a stronghold for Republican get-togethers during the formative years of the new state. Customers sat at the bar and drank...