Notes on Thomastown, County Kilkenny

  The Empresario   200 years ago, one of the most influential men in Mexico was James Hewetson of Thomastown. Having studied medicine in his youth, he emigrated to the US and befriended Stephen Austin, founder of Austin, Texas. He prospered in various mining,...
Notes on Clara, County Offaly

Notes on Clara, County Offaly

Quaker Quarter   Arguably the most influential family in Clara’s history were the Goodbodys of Charlestown. They descend from Robert Goodbody (1781-1860), an entrepreneurial Quaker and amateur doctor from Mountmellick, who arrived in Clara in 1825 and set up the...
Notes on Castleconnell, County Limerick

Notes on Castleconnell, County Limerick

An Efficacious Spa   For over 200 years, Castleconnell was celebrated across Ireland for its chalybeate waters. Its therapeutic mineral waters drew vast crowds to the spa resort. They arrived on ‘common carts, traps, side-cars, back-to-backs and even donkey carts,’...
Notes on Harmonstown, Artane & Coolock

Notes on Harmonstown, Artane & Coolock

The Drummer’s Kitchen   60 Rosemount Avenue was the childhood home of U2’s co-founder and drummer Larry Mullen. Born in Artane in 1961, he learned how to drum with the Artane Boys Band but quit after 3 weeks when he refused to cut his long golden hair. In 1976, on his...

Notes on Clongriffin (Cluain Ghrífín) & Stapolin, County Dublin

See also Raheny, Bayside and other Dublin areas here. The House of Paul   The 250-acre townland of Stapolin directly north of this station is called Steach Póilín in Irish, which is thought to have been a monastic house dedicated to St Paul.’ [9] The jury is out as to...