Past Tracks – An Illustrated Journey Through Irish History

Past Tracks – An Illustrated Journey Through Irish History

Like Paddington Bear, Past Tracks came to life on a railway platform. In fact, so did Algernon Worthing in Oscar Wilde’s masterpiece, ‘The Importance of Being Ernest.’ I was standing on the platform at Hazelhatch, near Celbridge, County Kildare, awaiting the Dublin...
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...
Cobh – Historical Tales

Cobh – Historical Tales

A mercy mission from Boston, the bells that rang out for Laurel and Hardy, Sonia O’Sullivan and a remarkable Titanic survivor are among the cast on Turtle’s panel in Cobh railway station, illustrated by Derry Dillon, translated by Jack O Driscoll.  ...
Clonsilla, County Dublin – Historical Tales

Clonsilla, County Dublin – Historical Tales

Taken from the 2022 Past Tracks panel, the stories of Rita Hayworth and Prince Aly, the Shackleton Gardens, Luttrellstown Castle, the wrestler Stephen Farrelly, a strange poisoning and a remarkable barrister.  Irish translations follow below.   *****   LOVE...
Clondalkin & Fonthill, County Dublin – Historical Tales

Clondalkin & Fonthill, County Dublin – Historical Tales

The stories of the poet laureate who asked Paddy Kavanagh to be a spy, a 1,200 year old Round Tower, a gentleman farmer who drove across Dublin’s Ha’penny Bridge, a plethora or writers and boxers, and a devastating explosion at a gunpowder mill. Extracted from Past...