Alcock & Brown’s Trans-Atlantic Crossing of 1919

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...
Humewood Castle, County Wicklow

Humewood Castle, County Wicklow

  When the Right Honourable Fitzwilliam Hume Dick stood for election in November 1868, he advised the people of Wicklow that “having so long represented” the county, voters knew perfectly well what his standpoint was and thus he felt it was “not...
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 stoically remarked, ‘Those who live by the...
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, between Rathangan and Kildare Town. Despite...

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...