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Kennedy of Johnstow and Bishopscourt, County Kildare

Kennedy of Johnstow and Bishopscourt, County Kildare

One of the most celebrated families of the Kildare hunting scene during the middle decades of the 20th century, the Kennedys were direct descendants of Sir John Kennedy, the Father of the Kildare Hunt. Indeed, for much of the 20th century, the area around Straffan was...
Ger McKenna (1930–2014) – The Greyhound Maestro

Ger McKenna (1930–2014) – The Greyhound Maestro

Arguably the greatest greyhound trainer in Irish history, Ger maintained that the two greatest nights of his life were winning the three Texaco Awards and winning the Irish Laurels at Curraheen Park in Cork City with his three sons by his side. He won all four of the...
Croquet – The Forgotten Irish Sport

Croquet – The Forgotten Irish Sport

Croquet as we know it apparently originated on the west coast of Ireland. Alas, while the thought of Croke Park becoming the national stadium for future croquet clashes is endearing, one would be hard pushed to say croquet was strictly an Irish game. It was more of a...
The Fastnet Tragedy of 1979

The Fastnet Tragedy of 1979

For sailors, the biennial Fastnet Race has marked the climax of the summer races since 1925. In 1979, a freak storm overwhelmed the great flotilla in the tempestuous Celtic Sea, leaving 15 yachtsmen and four spectators dead. Unlimited access for €1 a month / €12 a...