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The Life & Death of Ned Kelly

The Life & Death of Ned Kelly

Outlaw, cattle rustler, bank robber, gunman, Ned Kelly’s story epitomises the struggle by first and second generation Irish Catholics to establish themselves in British-run Australia. It's a story that begins in the Golden Vale of South Tipperary when Ned's father...

Murder in Roscommon – The Assassination of the Rev. John Lloyd, 1847

On Sunday 28 November 1847, the Rev. John Lloyd and his servant were making their way home in a horse-drawn gig from Aughrim Church where he had just preached a sermon. Approximately a mile from his residence at Smith-hill, the assassins struck. [1] Two men armed with...
Michael Dwyer (1772-1825) – The Outlaw of the Wicklow Mountains

Michael Dwyer (1772-1825) – The Outlaw of the Wicklow Mountains

Much of the post 1798 folklore in the Wicklow Mountains concerns the rebel leader Michael Dwyer who held out until 1803. Born in Camara, Co. Wicklow, in 1772, he was raised near Eadestown in the Glen of Imail and served under General Joseph Holt during the 1798...
William Knox D’Arcy (1849-1917) – The Irish Oil Tycoon

William Knox D’Arcy (1849-1917) – The Irish Oil Tycoon

Knox D’Arcy was one of Australia’s greatest entrepreneurs. The only son of an Irish-born solicitor, he is regarded as the founding father of the oil and petrochemical industry in Iran. His company, Anglo-Persian Oil, was the forerunner of British Petroleum. He already...
Nicole Kidman’s Irish Ancestry

Nicole Kidman’s Irish Ancestry

A consideration of Nicole Kidman's connection to the Gallagher or Callachor family of Rathkenny, County Cavan, and George Townsend of the Trevallyn estate in Australia's Hunter Valley. Unlimited access for €1 a month / €12 a year...