Rise & Fall: The Maguire Kings of Fermanagh

Rise & Fall: The Maguire Kings of Fermanagh

In a quiet field above the County Fermanagh town of Lisnaskea stands an ancient mound, almost certainly a Neolithic burial tomb, known locally as the Moat Ring, or Sciath Gabhra in Irish. This is the spot where fifteen men were crowned as Kings of Fermanagh between...
Kilkenny – Historical Tales

Kilkenny – Historical Tales

The Kilkenny 'Past Tracks' panel features short accounts of Ellen, Countess of Desart; Hubert and Peggy Butler (of Butler Gallery fame); Lionel of Antwerp & the Statutes of Kilkenny; Jonathan Swift, George Berkeley & Kilkenny College; Martin Renehan - White House...
Ballyhacket, County Carlow & the Ridelesford Connection

Ballyhacket, County Carlow & the Ridelesford Connection

 Looking at the townlands connections to Sir Walter de Ridelesford (or Riddlesford), Lord of Bray, as well as the Knights Templar, the Fratres Cruciferi of Castledermot and the displacement of the Mac Gormáin or O’Gorman family. Unlimited access for €1 a month / €12 a...
Castlemore, County Carlow – A Vanished Town, a Solitary Motte

Castlemore, County Carlow – A Vanished Town, a Solitary Motte

One of the most influential early Cambro-Normans was Raymond Le Gros, a nephew of Maurice FitzGerald, who was hailed as the Achilles of the Anglo-Norman army. Raymond married Basilia de Clare, sister of Richard de Clare, Earl of Pembroke, later known as Strongbow....
Clonmore Castle, County Carlow

Clonmore Castle, County Carlow

A potted history of a fabulous ruin in north-east County Carlow. Unlimited access for €1 a month / €12 a year...