Robert Essex & the Siege of Caher

Robert Essex & the Siege of Caher

Following the rise and fall of one of Queen Elizabeth I’s favourites, and his connection to a canon ball wedged into the wall of Caher Castle in County Tipperary. Become a member of Turtle’s History Library to access all areas, €12/year...
Humewood Castle, County Wicklow

Humewood Castle, County Wicklow

Humewood Castle is without doubt one of the most eccentric buildings in Ireland. Built in 1868 for Fitzwilliam Dick, it later passed to his granddaughter, Mimi, who married General Maxim Weygand, commander-of-chief of the Allied forces in Europe on the eve of the...
Finnstown House, Lucan, County Dublin

Finnstown House, Lucan, County Dublin

“Fyne’s Town” A legal record from 1547 refers to a property spelled “Fyne’s Town” located just outside Lucan, County Dublin. 17th century maps spell the name “Fyan’s Town”. This implies that it was once a town belonging to a family called Fyne or Fyan. Some suggest...

Ballintemple: Dark Knights, Blue Bells

BALLINTEMPLE: DARK KNIGHTS, BLUE BELLS Major Piers Butler had been living in America for close on 20 years when he embarked on his first return trip to his Irish homeland in the summer of 1785. Life on the 41-year-old Carlow man’s plantations in South Carolina had...
Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849) – Queen of Novels

Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849) – Queen of Novels

The story of the author of the critically acclaimed ‘Castle Rackrent’, a comic masterpiece, and her inventive father, and how Maria came to the aid of the people of Longford during the Great Hunger. Become a member of Turtle’s History Library to access all areas,...