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The Irish at Rorke’s Drift, 1879

‘Usuthu! Usuthu! Usuthu!’ As the Zulu battle cry echoed along the banks of Buffalo River, the 140 British and Irish soldiers encamped within old Jim Rorke’s trading compound watched and waited, their mouths dry, their hearts lurching. Thousands of Zulu warriors were...

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...