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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

Harry Sullivan twitched his ears. What on earth was that? As he listened, the throaty growl intensified. Was it coming from the sky? The seven-year-old leapt from his bed and ran out onto the streets of Clifden, Co Galway. ‘I was just in time to see this...

George Plant (1904-1942) – IRA Executioner

GEORGE PLANT (1904-1942) – IRA EXECUTIONER As he faced his firing squad at Portlaoise Prison that warm spring afternoon in 1942, George Plant pulled a handkerchief out of his breast pocket and briefly rubbed his shoe caps. Turning to one of the prison orderlies, he...

Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973)

It is not everyday that you find a CBE in your sock drawer. But that’s what I came upon when I moved in to my late grandfather’s house in Co Kilkenny in 1999. ‘Commander of the Order of the British Empire’, it announced. I presented the medal to the tribal elder, with...

Medlicott of Dunmurry, Co. Kildare

Medlicott of Dunmurry, Co. Kildare FROM ‘THE LANDED GENTRY & ARISTOCRACY OF CO. KILDARE’ BY TURTLE BUNBURY & ART KAVANAGH (IRISH FAMILY NAMES, 2004). An invitation to manage the Ormonde estates in post-Restoration Ireland changed everything for the youngest...