The Sinking of Recovery, 1787

The Sinking of Recovery, 1787

Recovery, which sank in 1787, was one of 250 copper clad vessels out of many thousands of the British Merchant fleet. Its hull planking was copper- clad  teak. The ship appears in Lloyd’s List of 1774 and 1776, alongside the name Weatherhead. The captain was William...
Grafton Street, Dublin City

Grafton Street, Dublin City

This account primarily focuses on five Georgian houses running from 96-100 Grafton Street, as well as the Turkish Baths and 5 Grafton Street, and who their occupants were, including Weir’s and the company that inspired Bono’s name. It also provides a...
Libertas – 18th Century Murals in South Africa

Libertas – 18th Century Murals in South Africa

Located in the vineyard belt outside the historic university town of Stellenbosch, South Africa, this celebrated “Cape Dutch” farmhouse dates back to 1699. Restored in the late 20th century, it is home to a fabulous collection of 18th century murals by the...
Berkeley Forest, County Wexford, Ireland – Playing the Dane

Berkeley Forest, County Wexford, Ireland – Playing the Dane

In 1957, a charming Danish Count and his young Limerick-born wife took on a dark Georgian house near New Ross and added a whole lot of colour. The house is also home to the Costume & Toy Museum. Photographs by James Fennell.   *****   It can’t have...
When College Green was Green

When College Green was Green

This handsome painting of the Irish capital’s College Green dates to circa 1753 and is the work of Dublin-born Joseph Tudor, the principal landscape painter of his day, who actually lived – and died – on Dame Street. He was employed by Dr....