The Irish Defenders of Rorke’s Drift, 1879

The Irish Defenders of Rorke’s Drift, 1879

The defence of Rorke’s Drift in South Africa has captured the imagination since the moment the battle was over, not least with the 1964 movie ‘Zulu’. It marked a rare moment of redemption in the Anglo-Zulu War, one of the more shameful episodes in British colonial...

Sir Richard Burton (1821-1890)

SIR RICHARD BURTON (1821-1890) EXPLORER EXTRAORDINAIRE Sir Richard Francis Burton was one of the most eccentric and brilliant explorers the world has known. During the 19th century, this intrepid scion of Co. Galway discovered Lake Tanganyika, translated the ‘Kama...