The Artane Band & Lily Allen

The Artane Band & Lily Allen

It was a proud day in the history of Scotshouse. On Saturday 14 August 2009, residents of the enterprising Monaghan village were treated to the spectacle of Ireland’s most famous brass band marching through its street. The Artane Band were performing as part of the...
Charles Bianconi (1786-1875) – The Man who put Ireland on Wheels

Charles Bianconi (1786-1875) – The Man who put Ireland on Wheels

‘Earn a shilling a day and live upon sixpence’. That was the motto of a remarkable entrepreneur from Italy whose energy, perseverance, punctuality and good humour made him the transport king of Ireland in the 1820s and 1830s. A friend of Daniel O’Connell, he became...
Maunsell of Oakley Park, Celbridge, County Kildare

Maunsell of Oakley Park, Celbridge, County Kildare

A heroic defence of a Waterford against Cromwell’s army earned the Maunsell family respect from the Irish when they first settled in the mid 17th century. During the Georgian Age, they rose to prominence in Limerick, as bankers, politicians and Mayors. In the...
The Morgan Family – Father Ted’s Forebears

The Morgan Family – Father Ted’s Forebears

Anyone who has watched ‘Father Ted’ can appreciate the genius of Dermot Morgan. Before his abrupt and unexpected death, he was one of Ireland’s best-loved comedians. But to understand what made him tick, you need to go back in time. His grandfather, was one of...