William Caldbeck (1733-1803) & the Moyle Park Gunpowder Mills

William Caldbeck (1733-1803) & the Moyle Park Gunpowder Mills

An account of the amateur architect and barrister who built a gunpowder mills for the Irish Volunteers in Clondalkin, County Dublin, in 1782, only for the mills to explode dramatically five years later. Complete access to all articles on this website for €12 / year...
Daniel O’Connell (1775-1847) – The Liberator

Daniel O’Connell (1775-1847) – The Liberator

An overview of one of the most towering figures in Irish history, a pioneer of pacifism through his monster meetings, and winner of emancipation for the top level of Catholics in Irish society. This story commences with his role in a deadly duel, a fatal event that...
Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) – A Pioneering Feminist in Ireland

Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) – A Pioneering Feminist in Ireland

Before she became one of the founding philosophers of feminism, Mary Wollstonecraft was governess to Viscount Kingsborough’s daughters at Mitchelstown Castle in north Cork. While Mary went on to marry  William Godwin (and so became mother to Mary Shelley, author of...

Smyth of Headborough

The Smyths of Headborough House near Lismore, County Waterford, descend from Sir Percy Smyth of Ballynatray. William Smyth, who owned the property circa 1700, was an older brother of Richard Smyth of Ballynatray. William Smyth of Headborough It is not known when the...

Boyles, Earls of Shannon

BOYLES, EARLS OF SHANNON RICHARD BOYLE, THE GREAT EARL OF CORK The family descend from Richard Boyle, the ‘Great Earl’ of Cork, an entrepreneur from Canterbury who became one of the most powerful figures in Western Europe during the early 17th century. The story of...