The Sinking of RMS Lusitania, 1915

The Sinking of RMS Lusitania, 1915

Raimund Weisbach followed the trajectory of the torpedo through his periscope from the U-boat where he was based. It shot off like a dolphin in a perfect straight line towards its target. And then the 19-year-old German watch officer watched as the gyroscopic torpedo...
Sam Maguire & Liam MacCarthy – For Whom the Cups are Named

Sam Maguire & Liam MacCarthy – For Whom the Cups are Named

MacCarthy and Maguire are household names on account of the All-Ireland cups for hurling and football which are named in their honour. But few know just how intricately both men were linked with the Irish Republican Brotherhood, the assassination of Sir Henry Wilson...
The Coolnacaheragh Ambush, 1921

The Coolnacaheragh Ambush, 1921

COOLNACAHERAGH, County Cork, 25 February 1921. On the day he died, Major James Seafield Grant, MC, instructed the 70 police cadets accompanying him to keep their eyes carefully peeled upon the woods and rocks either side of the road. A decorated veteran of the First...

The Life & Death of Tomas Kent (1865-1916)

THE LIFE & DEATH OF TOMAS KENT (1865-1916) 9th May 1916. Tom Kent’s nerves were so bad on the morning of his execution that the guards brought a chair in for the 51-year-old to sit upon. The priest who attended him in his cell now leaned close for his final...