Violet Gibson – The Irish Aristocrat Who Shot Mussolini

Violet Gibson – The Irish Aristocrat Who Shot Mussolini

On 20 October 2022, a plaque commemorating the Hon. Violet Gibson was unveiled at 12 Merrion Square, her childhood home, by Caroline Conroy, the Lord Mayor of Dublin. Violet is the subject of the excellent Barrie Dowdall / Siobhan Lynam docudrama, ‘The Irish Woman Who...
Gottfried Helnwein – Head Above the Cuckoo’s Nest (2000)

Gottfried Helnwein – Head Above the Cuckoo’s Nest (2000)

Extracts from this interview were used for features in Irish Tatler and The Dubliner. See the feature on him in Tatler here.     James Fennell and I met Gottfried Helnwein on a bleak and blackened Wednesday afternoon shortly before Christmas 2000. He was at his castle...
Jersey – An Island of Potatos & Pretty Cows

Jersey – An Island of Potatos & Pretty Cows

Situated 14 miles off the north west coast of France, the Channel Island of Jersey is a surprisingly enchanting place. At 9 miles wide and 5 miles long, it’s only a couple of inches bigger than our own Clare Island. Whack in 350 miles of warreny roads, a bunch of...
Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz (1891-1980)

Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz (1891-1980)

Looking at the man who was handed arguably the biggest hospital pass in history - the role of Adolf Hitler's successor. Unlimited access for €1 a month / €12 a year...