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...
Alcock & Brown’s Trans-Atlantic Crossing of 1919

Alcock & Brown’s Trans-Atlantic Crossing of 1919

In 1919, one of the most magnificent events in history occurred when Captain Alcock and Lieutenant Brown crash-landed into a Connemara bog. The duo had just flown 1,880 miles from Newfoundland. Not only was it the longest distance yet flown by man but it was also the...
George Plant (1904-1942) – IRA Executioner

George Plant (1904-1942) – IRA Executioner

The story of a ruthless IRA assassin of Protestant stock, a man who knew too much about government affairs in the 1930s and early 1940s, and how he was effectively set up for the firing squad. Become a member of Turtle’s History Library to access all areas, €12/year...
Medlicott of Dunmurry, County Kildare and Newport, County Mayo

Medlicott of Dunmurry, County Kildare and Newport, County Mayo

An invitation to manage the Ormonde estates in post-Restoration Ireland changed everything for the youngest sons of a prominent London barrister. In 1714, the younger brother George Medlicott acquired an estate at Dunmurry. Despite a series of complex changes in...

Joseph Drew of Glasgow & North America

Joseph Drew of Glasgow & North America THIS INFORMATION COURTESY OF Sandra Keirstead Thorne (Hampton, New Brunswick, Canada) “Joseph Drew was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1742. His baptism has been found in Scottish records as being 1 August 1742. His parents were...