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

Maunsell of Oakley Park The following story is an updated version of that contained in Turtle Bunbury’s 2004 book, ‘The Landed Gentry & Aristocracy of Co. Kildare’. If you should spot any errors or ommissions, or have further information or photographs of...

The Morgan Family – Father Ted’s Forbears

A HISTORY OF THE MORGAN FAMILY – FATHER TED’S FORBEARS A shorter version of this history, written for the Irish Examiner, can be found here. THE KINGDOM OF TETHBAE Like any Irish family worth its salt, the Morgans claim descent from Niall of the Nine Hostages, the...