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

  6 July 1815, Hearn’s Hotel, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. As his custom-built jaunting car clattered off down the road to Cahir on its debut journey, Charles Bianconi must have ruminated on whether his idea was a complete folly. The coach, pulled by a solitary horse,...
Maunsell of Oakley Park, Celbridge, County Kildare

Maunsell of Oakley Park, Celbridge, County Kildare

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

The Morgan Family – Father Ted’s Forebears

  Anyone who listened to ‘Scrap Saturday’ or watched ‘Father Ted’ can appreciate the genius of Dermot Morgan. Before his abrupt and unexpected death aged 45 in 1998, he was one of the best-loved comedians in Ireland. But to understand what made Dermot Morgan...