Sir Henry Bunbury (1565-1634)

Sir Henry Bunbury (1565-1634)

Born in 1565, Henry Bunbury was grandfather of the Benjamin Bunbury who first acquired the land in County Carlow, Ireland. Henry succeeded as head of the family on the death of his father Thomas Bunbury died on 5 May 1601. Two years later, on 23 July 1603, he was...

Murder in Roscommon – The Assassination of the Rev. John Lloyd, 1847

On Sunday 28 November 1847, the Rev. John Lloyd and his servant were making their way home in a horse-drawn gig from Aughrim Church where he had just preached a sermon. Approximately a mile from his residence at Smith-hill, the assassins struck. [1] Two men armed with...
A History of Bishopscourt, Clones, Co. Monaghan

A History of Bishopscourt, Clones, Co. Monaghan

Built as a rectory for the Church of Ireland during the Napoleonic Wars, Bishopscourt was considered such a fine abode that two Bishops of Clogher opted to use it as their main place of residence during the first decades of the 20th century. This tale takes in the...
Thomas Burgh (1670-1730) – Engineer Extraordinaire

Thomas Burgh (1670-1730) – Engineer Extraordinaire

For much of the 16th and 17th centuries, Ireland was an island ravaged by incessant and brutal war. In 1691, the Protestant monarch William of Orange secured final victory over his Jacobite enemies and an era of unprecedented peace now came to Ireland that would last,...
Mary Spring Rice (1880-1924)

Mary Spring Rice (1880-1924)

One morning in the autumn of 1920, Commandant Sean Finn and members of the West Limerick Brigade of the IRA were lying low at a farmhouse near Foynes, Co. Limerick, when they espied two figures delicately making their way across the fields in their direction. The duo...