Germanic Hunting Scenes

Germanic Hunting Scenes

Humans have inflicted unbelievable cruelty on animals over the course of time. One thinks of the Colosseum where a million animals are said to have perished in the name of human entertainment. The spectacle came of age again in the medieval period with Hapsburg...
Dan Donnelly (1788-1820), Prize Fighter

Dan Donnelly (1788-1820), Prize Fighter

Back in 1815, few Irishmen were as famous as Dan Donnelly. Over the course of his short lifetime, the Dublin-born boxer was to defeat several British champions and, or so it was rumoured, to have been conferred with a knighthood. In death his fame did not desist...
The Lucan Spa, County Dublin

The Lucan Spa, County Dublin

In 1645 Gerard Boate, a Dutch physician, compiled a book he called ‘Ireland’s Naturall History, Being a true and ample description of its situation, greatness, shape, and nature.’ Among the features that Dr Boate homed in on were Ireland’s spas, which inspired him to...
The Tyrone Navigation, aka the Coalisland Canal

The Tyrone Navigation, aka the Coalisland Canal

The story of the 7.2km navigation designed to connect the boggy coal fields of Drumglass at Coalisland, County Tyrone, to Dublin City via Lough Neagh, the Bann and the Newry Canal. Become a member of Turtle’s History Library to access all areas, €12/year...
The Newry Canal, 1742

The Newry Canal, 1742

Opened in 1742, the 18.5 mile Newry Canal was the first summit level canal in Britain or Ireland, a blueprint for future designs. Its purpose was to enable coal to be transported from the coalfields of County Tyrone coalfields, via Lough Neagh, to the wealthy homes of...