The Life & Death of Ned Kelly

The Life & Death of Ned Kelly

Outlaw, cattle rustler, bank robber, gunman, Ned Kelly’s story epitomises the struggle by first and second generation Irish Catholics to establish themselves in British-run Australia. It’s a story that begins in the Golden Vale of South Tipperary when...
Michael Dwyer (1772-1825) – The Outlaw of the Wicklow Mountains

Michael Dwyer (1772-1825) – The Outlaw of the Wicklow Mountains

Much of the post 1798 folklore in the Wicklow Mountains concerns the rebel leader Michael Dwyer who held out until 1803. Born in Camara, Co. Wicklow, in 1772, he was raised near Eadestown in the Glen of Imail and served under General Joseph Holt during the 1798...

The Tale of Ned Kelly

THE TALE OF NED KELLY By Turtle Bunbury image title Above: The Outlaw Ned Kelly. If you’re a member of the Kelly Clan, click here. As he reined up outside the Glenrowan Inn that fateful dawn, Ned Kelly’s mind was diverted. A bolt had slipped from the knee-length...
Michael Hayes (1767-1825) – Rebel, Convict, Merchant, Bigamist?

Michael Hayes (1767-1825) – Rebel, Convict, Merchant, Bigamist?

The story of a man transported to Australia for his role in the United Irishmen rebellion of 1798 who made his mark by bringing Catholicism to the penal colony, and an allegation of bigamy.   *****   Michael Hayes (1767-1825) grew up in Wexford Town on the south-east...
Smyth of Ballynatray

Smyth of Ballynatray

The Holroyd-Smyth family who lived at Ballynatray House near Youghal in County Waterford descend from a family named Smyth who were closely allied with Richard Boyle, the Great Earl of Cork. This story charts the family’s journey from the Tudor age to the 1850s....